Johannes-Passion

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Let’s start with a simple question : which version have you recorded? Hmm, this is actually a rather complex question. 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. At any rate, we opted for the first version that everyone performs.

Tracklist

1.
First Part- Chorus- Herr, unser Herrscher
09:31
2.
First Part- Recitative- Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern - Chorus- Jesum von Nazareth - Recitative- Jes
02:07
3.
First Part- Chorale- O grosse Lieb
00:41
4.
First Part- Recitative- Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde
01:02
5.
First Part- Chorale- Dein Will gescheh
00:47
6.
First Part- Recitative- Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann
00:41
7.
First Part- Aria- Von den Stricken meiner Sunden
05:05
8.
First Part- Recitative- Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu
00:12
9.
First Part- Aria- Ich folge dir gleichfalls
03:23
10.
First Part- Recitative- Derselbige Junger
02:45
11.
First Part- Chorale- Wer hat dich so geschlagen
01:27
12.
First Part- Recitative- Und Hannas sandte ihn - Chorus- Bist du nicht seiner Junger einer? - Recitat
02:03
13.
First Part- Aria- Ach, mein Sinn
02:34
14.
First Part- Chorale- Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck
01:01

Total time: 01:45:02

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72545

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Genres

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Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

Dcs

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Microphones

Sonodore

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bert van der wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Academiezaal, St. Truiden, Belgium

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date October 11, 2014

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