J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. John Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Frans Bruggen
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
Soloists:Nico van der Meel, evangelist
Kristinn Sigmundsson, Jesus
Annegeer Stumphius, soprano
James Bowman, counter-tenor
Christoph Pregardien, tenor
Peter Kooy, bass
Jelle Draijer, Pilate
David Barick, Petrus
Michiel ten Houte de Lange, Servus
Adinda de Nijs, Ancilla
Individual Works:Johannes-Passion, BWV 245
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:434 905-2
Year Released/Recorded:1993
Total Playing Time:1.47'43''
Comments:Leontien A.M. Tiddens said:

Finest choir and orchestra around

James Shaerf said:

A most interesting recording. The choir sings very well and form a corporate, tangible sound. I found the counter-tenor, James Bowman, to have a glorious voice. I also enjoyed the percussive, ringing voice of Nico van der Meel, the evangelist.

Br³ggen's recording sheds new light on the recitatives. Instead of using a harpsichord, he uss a charming chamber organ which, when combined with a cello, produces an enchanting sound. The choruses are sensitive and the tempos are fresh and springy.

Most of all, I found the chorales to be very suitably played by Br³ggen who obviously has a natural feel for the music. This is a most competent recording. I recommend it to all.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Leontien A.M. Tiddens
  • James Shaerf
Date First Submitted:02/16/1998