J.S. Bach

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St. John Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Eric Milnes
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Trinity Cathedral Choir & Orchestra, Portland Oregon
Soloists:Mark Bleeke - Evangelist (tenor)
Nathaniel Watson - Jesus (bass)
Kevin Walsh - Pilate (baritone)
Tamara Matthews - (soprano soloist)
Jennifer Lane - (alto soloist)
Davis Vanderwal - (tenor soloist)
Individual Works:St. John Passion, BWV 245
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Pro Gloria Musicae (PGM)
Catalog Number:PGM 111
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:1:41:07
Comments:This is a live recording of the St. John performed on Passion Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland Oregon. The performance and recording quality are of the highest caliber. Milnes' direction is lively and precise. Mark Bleeke delivers the role of the Evalgelist with remarkable compassion and excitement.

The Trinity Cathedral Chior posesses all of the nuance, power and conviction necessary to communicate the intense and delicate emotions of the work and the orchestra's playing is truly inspired.

This recording is a joy to listen to, and gives one a rare opportunity to hear this masterpiece performed live in a sacred setting. The very human soul present in the St. John Passion has never been more clearly presnted.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Christopher Simmons
Date First Submitted:07/04/1997