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Bach: St Mark Passion

Stephen Johnson examines the sources of Bach's setting of the St Mark Passion.

Stephen Johnson examines the sources of JS Bach's setting of the St. Mark Passion. Although his obituary tells us Bach wrote five Passions, only two of them, St. Matthew and St. John, have survived complete. It's thought the first performance of the St. Mark Passion took place on March 23rd in 1731, but subsequently the score of the music disappeared. Tantalisingly, all that remained was the text. However, after some keen detective work on Bach's music, there was enough evidence to make a reconstruction a possibility.

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Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Matthauspassion BWV.244

    Performer: Deborah York Performer: James Gilchrist Performer: Julia Gooding Performer: Magdalena Kozena Performer: Mark Padmore Performer: Paul Mccreesh Performer: Peter Harvey Performer: Stefan Loges Performer: Susan Bickley Performer: Gabrieli Players

    • ARCHIV.
    • .-4742002.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Markuspassion BWV.247 reconstr. various

    Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens Performer: Dominique Horwitz Performer: Amarcord Performer: Die Kolner Akademie

    • CARUS.
    • CARUS 83.244.


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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach


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