Live from the Royal Albert Hall, John Butt and the Dunedin Concert in JS Bach's St John Passion. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
John Butt and the Dunedin Concert with Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Sophie Bevan, Tim Mead, Andrew Tortise and Konstantin Wolff in JS Bach's St John Passion from this year's BBC Proms.
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor (Evangelist)
Matthew Brook, bass (Jesus)
Sophie Bevan, soprano
Tim Mead, countertenor
Andrew Tortise, tenor
Konstantin Wolff, bass
John Butt, conductor
A complete performance of Bach's St John Passion. 'More daring, forceful and poetic' than the St Matthew Passion, according to Schumann, this is a work of almost operatic vividness that brings both a humanity and a painful immediacy to the Passion narrative. Bach specialist John Butt and his Dunedin Consort make their Proms debut in a performance that offers the audience the chance to join in the chorale-singing, reflecting how the work might originally have been heard in a church setting.
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Ian Skelly introduces a discussion of Bach's St John Passion.