A Prom featuring a performance of Bach's St John Passion. Tenor James Gilchrist joins the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Roger Norrington.
Afternoon on 3 with Penny Gore
Bach's St John Passion recorded on Saturday at the BBC Proms
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Few classical works have the urgency and dramatic immediacy of Bach's St John Passion. Here it is vividly realised by a cast led by tenor James Gilchrist. The finest Evangelist of his generation, Gilchrist sings the role at the Proms for the first time, under conductor Sir Roger Norrington, 80 this year.
J S Bach: St John Passion (sung in German)
Evangelist ..... James Gilchrist (tenor)
Christus ..... Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Clint van der Linde (countertenor) - Proms debut artist
Joshua Ellicott (tenor)
Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)
In the first of two Proms appearances, leading Bach interpreter Sir Roger Norrington (celebrating his 80th birthday this year) directs his Zurich Chamber Orchestra in the St John Passion - a work noted for its dramatic sweep and emotional immediacy in the recounting of events leading to the crucifixion of Christ.
First broadcast on Saturday 26 July 2014.