Bach's Passio secundum Joannem ("St. John Passion") is a living masterpiece of Europe's cultural heritage. Composed and premiered in 1724 at the Good Friday Vespers in Leipzig's St. Nikolaus-Kirche, Bach revised the work in 1725, 1732, and 1749, each time creating a musical re-interpretation of the Gospel text of St. John on which it is based. Bach's quest for musical innovation live on in musicians' annual interpretations of his work: performed every year in countless churches and concert halls as part of the Easter season.
In this presentation of Bach's St. John Passion, audiences were treated to an exquisite rendition performed by the Bach Collegium Japan under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki, legendary organist, harpsichordist, and orchestral maestro. Few master Bach as this conductor does, and this exquisite interpretation, simply and beautifully filmed during a concert at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo in July 2000, offers listeners a wonderful introduction to this masterpiece.
Suzuki founded the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, and went on to make recordings the complete Bach sacred cantatas, passions, and oratorios that have been celebrated the world over.
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