J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. John Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concentus Musicus Wien
Soloists:Evangelist (Tenor) Kurt Equiluz
Jesus (Bass) Max von Egmond
Pilatus (Bass) Jacques Villisech
Servant? (Tenor) Bert van t'Hoff
Peter (Bass) Siegfried Schneeweis
Maidens: Soloists of the Vienna Children Choir
Individual Works:J.J. Passio secundum Joannem (Saint John's Passion)
BWV 245
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:2292-42492-2
Year Released/Recorded:1971
Total Playing Time:116' 53" (2 CD)
Comments:Rafael Torres Mercado said:

A very well balanced performance, featuring period instruments. It is specially interesting that the soprano and alto parts, both for choir and soloists, are sung by children. It has a well documented booklet by conductor-researcher Nikolaus Harnoncourt. There is another recording with the Concentus Musicus and N.Harnoncourt, recorded presumably later, which I haven't heard. The version I recommend here is not in the current Teldec catalogue, a comparison would be interesting.

Laurent Planchon said:

Harnoncout has recorded this passion two times, although he was not credited the conductorship in the first version. The first version has already been recommended (see above), but although I have not really made any comparison, I cannot imagine that it would be any *better* than the second recording which is one of the very best recordings of Harnoncourt ever. A marvel. The only thing I regret would be that Anthony Ralf-Johnson is not Kurt Equiluz, but he is still doing his job well enough.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Rafael Torres Mercado
  • Laurent Planchon
Date First Submitted:03/26/1998