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JS Bach's St John's Passion | City of Birmingham Choir

When
Saturday April 6, 2019 at 19:00
Where
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury
Tickets
£20 front nave, £15 rear nave, plus £1 booking fee
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  1. St John Passion BWV 245 - Johann Sebastian Bach

The elegant sophistication of Bach’s music reached its peak in his two great settings of the passion – the story of Christ’s betrayal, imprisonment and crucifixion. While the St Matthew Passion is of truly massive scale in terms of resources and sheer length, the St John Passion is more modest in its conception, yet it contains some of the most beautiful and lyrical moments of his entire output.

First performed in 1724 in Leipzig, the narrative of the story is largely told by the Evangelist (tenor), Pilate (bass) and Jesus (bass) interspersed with solo arias and chorus movements which reflect upon the details as they unfold. Weaving another thread through the whole piece are the chorales – popular hymn tunes of the time which enable the audience or congregation to become involved with the dialogue.

It has a perfect balance of drama, beauty, poignancy and lyricism which will bring the story of the crucifixion alive for another year. The elegant sophistication of Bach’s music reached its peak in his two great settings of the passion – the story of Christ’s betrayal, imprisonment and crucifixion. While the St Matthew Passion is of truly massive scale in terms of resources and sheer length, the St John Passion is more modest in its conception, yet it contains some of the most beautiful and lyrical moments of his entire output.


Venue
Tewkesbury Abbey
Church Street
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire
GL20 5RZ
England
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