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Prom 12: Bach - St John Passion

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)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St.John Passion

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Neal Davies. Singer: Lucy Crowe. Singer: Clint van der Linde. Singer: Joshua Ellicott. Singer: Hanno Müller‐Brachmann. Choir: Zürcher Sing-Akademie. Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Georg Muffat

    Sarabanda. Greve from Concerto IV – Dulce somnium

    Ensemble: Holland Baroque Society. Conductor: Matthew Halls.
    • CCS SA 27408.
    • 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Appasionata Sonata op 57

    Performer: Ingrid Fliter.
    • EMI.
    • 0 94573 2.
    • Tr 7-9.