J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
Soloists:Arleen Auger, soprano (Maid)
Peter Schreier, tenor (Evangelist)
Armin Ude, tenor (Servant)
Theo Adam, bass (Jesus)
Siegfried Lorentz, baritone (Pilatus/Peter)
Heldi Riess, contralto
Viola da Gamba
Viola D'amore
Individual Works:St. John Passion (Johannes Passion) BWV 245
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal
Catalog Number:74321 49181 2
Year Released/Recorded:12/75+4/76
Total Playing Time:CD1:59:48+CD2:61:18 Total 2Hrs1Min6Sec
Comments:Ehud Shiloni said:

Interpretaion: "Old School", but overall interesting.
Acoustics: Not bad at all, considering this is 23 years old.

A 1976 original, re-released on 2CD's in 1998. This is an "old school" rendition, with a "modern" orchestra and a boys choir. However, it comes directly from Leipzig, directed by the then-Thomascantor Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, and with the choir of the Thomaskirche, so it deserves attention even from later- day afficionados trained on Gardiner's and now on Suzuki's "Historically Informed" versions. The pace here is slower, the boys voices "shriek" occassionally, and overall I cannot say that this is a first-choice version. But: Peter Schreier is very-very good as evangelist, and the sound of the Gewandhausorchester at times becomes really impressive and convincing, such as with the bass aria "Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen".
So,on balance, I can recommend this one as an interesting addition to a "St. John collection".

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ehud Shiloni
Date First Submitted:05/23/1999