A musical masterwork, Bach’s St John Passion is a cornerstone of Western musical art. Bernard Labadie conducts the orchestra and choir of AAM and a celebrated cast of soloists including James Gilchrist as the Evangelist.
The music is full of excitement, yet carefully paced, driven forward by the ‘turba’ (crowd) choruses. Bach shows his mastery matching instrumental colour to individual voices, notably the mournful viola da gamba accompaniment to the aria Es ist vollbracht, here sung by Iestyn Davies, one of the finest countertenors of his generation.
"...the unassuming and unforced Evangelist of James Gilchrist; his is a supremely courageous and intelligent reading" Gramaphone on AAM's St John Passion
Programme & Performers
JS Bach St John Passion BWV245
Academy of Ancient Music Choir of the AAM Bernard Labadie director James Gilchrist Evangelist Philippe Sly Christus Lydia Teuscher soprano Iestyn Davies countertenor