Bach: St John Passion

Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 00:00


Bach St John Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach, Dunedin Consort, University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, Nicholas Mulroy, Joanne Lunn, Clare Wilkinson, Robert Davies, Matthew Brook, John Butt

Linn Records


This St John Passion is miles away from the sort of performance being given by the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and NSO this afternoon. John Butt presents a reconstruction of the Passion liturgy as Bach would have known it, so there are organ pieces, congregational chorales (involving the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir), as well as other additions – and for the full experience you can even download a sermon and intercession for free from With a team of soloists and a main choir that come to less than a dozen voices in all, and an orchestra on a scale to match, the performance is nimble on its feet, expressively light in the choral numbers, with heavier expressive traction in recitatives and solos.