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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Bach's St John Passion

John Butt conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Bach's St John Passion, his intimate and dramatic setting of the Gospel story first heard in 1724.

John Butt conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in Bach's St John Passion, his intimate and dramatic setting of the Gospel story first heard in 1724.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, live from St. David's Hall in Cardiff.

J.S Bach: St. John Passion (part one)

c.8.10 pm. During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks with John Butt and continuo organist Stephen Farr about the context of the music and the Lutheran liturgy, and hears organ music by J.S. Bach and a recent recording by them both of an organ duet by Kenneth Leighton - Martyrs.

c.8.30 pm

J.S Bach: St. John Passion (part two)

Gwilym Bowen, tenor - Evangelist
David Soar, bass - Christ
Elizabeth Watts, soprano
William Towers, countertenor
Nick Pritchard, tenor
Ashley Riches, bass
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
John Butt, conductor

The St John Passion is an extravagant and emotionally charged work, often using the chorus chorales to drive the dialogue forward. It is modestly scored but with an expressive immediacy and some of the most exquisite solo flute and oboe writing of the baroque era. John Butt is one of the most respected Bach specialists of today, both as a performer and a scholar. Having recorded the St. John Passion in a liturgical context, he brings his expertise to the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in this dramatic and intimate setting of the Gospel story.

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