s Johannes-Passion – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


18/03/2020 — 19:30
Konzerthaus | Wien | AT
Johann Sebastian Bach [1685–1750]

Johannes-Passion BWV 245

Julian Prégardien  tenor-evangelist
Krezimir Strazanac bass-Christ
Dorothee Mields soprano
Alex Potter countertenor
Reinoud Van Mechelen tenor
Peter Kooij bass

Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe conductor



Bach’s St. John Passion was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday in 1724. Although it fit in the still-new tradition of his predecessor Kuhnau, the shock caused by his emotional rendering of Jesus’ suffering and death must have been unprecedented. Since it lacked the ‘exceptional degree of perfection’ he would achieve with his St. Matthew Passion, Bach kept revising the piece, adding and removing choruses and arias, but he always stayed with the Gospel text, convincingly expressing its dramatic potential.