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Johann Sebastian Bach – Johannes-Passion

La Petite Bande

Sigiswald Kuijken

Challenge Classics / HQ|NORTHSTAR

Catalogue CC72545

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About the Album

During Bach’s lifetime there were four different performances, each time with new modifications, some in response to the circumstances at the time, others influenced by which musicians and instruments he then had at his disposal.

However Bach experimented to the greatest degree with the second version, dating from 1725: for instance, he used a different opening chorus (which was later to become the closing chorus of the first part of the St Matthew Passion, a work yet to be composed at this stage) and a couple of other arias near the end of the work.

For the later performances he reverted to his first version from 1724, albeit with some differences in instrumentation. For instance, in the final version he includes a bassono grosso, but no one knows for certain which instrument he had in mind; possibly a 16-foot bassoon, i.e. a contrabassoon, a veritable chimney pot two metres in length. However, he scored this instrument in combination with the delicate sound of the lute and two violas d’amore, of all things!

I cannot believe that Bach would opt for such an instrument in this passage; an 8-foot bassoon is more likely and the term bassono grosso probably indicates this more modern type of instrument rather than the earlier dulcian, although the latter had not totally fallen out of fashion at the time. However, I would not venture a definite opinion as to what bassono grosso means in this context.

So we did not use this instrument: this was yet another reason to stick with the first version, since it raises fewer uncertain issues. Nevertheless, there are still various grey areas involved. Even prior to the first performance, before making the individual orchestral parts, Bach began to write out the score in fine calligraphy, a task he did not complete; and this score deviates in some aspects from the orchestral material used in the actual performance.

The process of determining the most probable historical truth continues to have elements reminiscent of a detective novel; anyway, it will never be possible to clarify certain details.

 

Album Tracks

  1. Koor: Herr, Unser Herrscher
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  2. Recitatief, Koor, Recitatief : Jesus Ging Mit Seinen Jüngern
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  3. Koraal: O Grosse Lieb
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  4. Recitatief: Auf Das Wort Erfüllet Würde
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  5. Koraal: Dein Will Gesheh
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  6. Recitatief: Die Schar Aber Unde Der Oberhauptmann
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  7. Aria: Von Stricken Meiner Sünden
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  8. Aria: Ich Folge Dir Gleichfalls
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  9. Recitatief: Derselbige Jünger
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  10. Koraal: Wer Had Dich So Geschlagen
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  11.  Recitatief, Koor, Recitatief: Und Hannas Sandte Ihn
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  12. Aria: Ach, Mein Sinn
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  13. Koraal: Petrus Der Nicht Denkt Zurück
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  14. Second Part: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  15. Second Part: Recitative: Da führten sie Jesum von Kaipha vor das Richthaus - Chorus: Wäre dieser nicht ein Übeltäter
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  16. Second Part: Chorale: Ach, großer König
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  17. Second Part: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm - Chorus: Nicht diesen, sondern Barrabam! - Recitative: Barrabas aber war ein Mörder!
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  18. Second Part: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  19. Second Part: Aria: Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  20. Second Part: Recitative: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten - Chorus: Sei gegrüßet, lieber Judenkönig - Recitative: Und gaben ihm
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  21. Second Part: Chorale: Durch dein Gefängnis
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  22. Second Part: Recitative: Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen - Chorus: Lässest du diesen los - Recitative: Da Pilatus das Wort hörete
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  23. Second Part: Chorus & Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  24. Second Part: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn - Chorus: Schreibe nicht: der Jüden König - Recitative: Pilatus antwortet
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  25. Second Part: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  26. Second Part: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber - Chorus: Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen - Recitative: Auf dass erfüllet würde
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  27. Second Part: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  28. Second Part: Recitative: Und von Stund an
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  29. Second Part: Aria: Es ist vollbracht
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  30. Second Part: Chorus & Aria: Mein teurer Heiland
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  31. Second Part: Aria: Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  32. Second Part: Aria: Zerfließe, mein Herze
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  33. Second Part: Recitative: Die Jüden aber
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  34. Second Part: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  35. Second Part: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  36. Second Part: Chorus: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
    Johann Sebastian Bach

  37. Second Part: Chorale: Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
    Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Additional photos: Brendon Heinst



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