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English Baroque Soloists - Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2022) (Hi-Res) FLAC/MP3

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English Baroque Soloists - Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2022) (Hi-Res) FLAC/MP3

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Never two without three. With this release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, Sir John Eliot Gardiner offers his third recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion, thirty-five years after his first attempt for Archiv Produktion (1985) and ten years after his fabulous version published on his label Soli Deo Gloria (2011). Here, he definitively affirms his choice. Even more than in the St. Matthew Passion, the drama remains entirely on the side of the choir.

And what a choir again!, the Monteverdi Choir reveals a dramatic presence as suffocating as it is breathtaking. Of an impressive majesty, the chorales come alive in a gesture guided by a perfect legibility of the polyphonic textures; the beauty of the lines, the subtlety of the nuances, the diversity of the inflections of the German verb force admiration - for example Wer hat dich so geschlagen (No. 11) is captured in all its expressive truth. Later, at the heart of the judgment (Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone von Dornen, Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen), the choir will sharpen its irons, sharpen its spears with breathtaking power. All of the sacred drama appears, here, grandiose, majestic, immense, sometimes even not without some hints of playfulness (Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen).

And then come the last two numbers, even more magical. Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine, thought slow, without excessive support, with transparent textures, dazzles above all by the flexibility of its curves. What comforting poetry! Much to our delight, Gardiner stretches it here to almost eight minutes. And the ultimate chorale Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein? Gardiner reproduces the imperious gesture of his introductory chorus; it will also be the great cry of Christianity, that which can live on the tender and redemptive love that Christ lavishes.

So, faced with such beauties, those of Bach's music already, which here seems even more inexhaustible, and those dispensed by the Monteverdi Choir which will have hardly any difficulty with this publication confirming its legendary status, the disappointments - voices soloists not very expressive, starting with the Evangelist, timbres often unremarkable apart from that of the soprano, which is quite brilliant - will ultimately appear unimportant. Everything here is to the glory of the Choir.

1. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 1. "Herr, unser Herrscher" (9:28)
2. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 2. "Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern" (2:31)
3. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 3. "O große Lieb, o Lieb ohn' alle Maße" (0:48)
4. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 4. "Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde" (1:08)
5. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 5. "Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich" (0:55)
6. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 6. "Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann" (0:44)
7. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 7. "Von den Stricken meiner Sünden" (4:18)
8. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 8. "Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach" (0:13)
9. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 9. "Ich folge dir gleichfalls" (3:21)
10. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 10. "Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt" (3:07)
11. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 11. "Wer hat dich so geschlagen" (1:54)
12. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 12. "Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden" (2:20)
13. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 13. "Ach mein Sinn" (2:36)
14. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - 14. "Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück" (1:24)
15. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 15. "Christus, der uns selig macht" (1:15)
16. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 16. "Da führeten sie Jesum" (4:15)
17. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 17. "Ach großer König, groß zu allen Zeiten" (1:29)
18. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 18. "Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm" (2:15)
19. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 19. "Betrachte, meine Seele" (2:40)
20. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 20. "Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken" (9:24)
21. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 21. "Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone von Dornen" (5:56)
22. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 22. "Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn" (0:54)
23. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 23. "Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen" (4:00)
24. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 24. "Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen" (4:07)
25. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 25. "Allda kreuzigten sie ihn" (2:12)
26. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 26. "In meines Herzens Grunde" (1:03)
27. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 27. "Die Kriegsknechte aber" (3:59)
28. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 28. "Er nahm alles wohl in Acht" (1:17)
29. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 29. "Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger zu sich" (1:38)
30. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 30. "Es ist vollbracht!" (5:19)
31. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 31. "Und neiget das Haupt und verschied" (0:31)
32. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 32. "Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen" (4:22)
33. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 33. "Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel" (0:26)
34. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 34. "Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt" (0:57)
35. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 35. "Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren" (7:01)
36. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 36. "Die Juden aber" (2:09)
37. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 37. "O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn" (1:14)
38. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 38. "Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia" (2:20)
39. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 39. "Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine" (8:03)
40. J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - 40. "Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein" (2:24)

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