s Johannes-Passion – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


02/04/2023 — 19:30
Congress | Innsbruck | AT
Johann Sebastian Bach [1685–1750]

Johannes-Passion BWV 245

Reinoud Van Mechelen tenor – evangelist
Krezimir Strazanac bass- Christ
Philipp Kaven bass – Pilate
Marie Luise Werneburg soprano
Alex Potter countertenor
Guy Cutting 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.