St. John’s Passion

Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir / Florian Helgath

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Premiered in Leipzig on Good Friday 1724, Bach’s St John’s Passion was a piece that the composer did not stop rewriting and reworking until the end of his life. There are, in fact, four distinct versions, none of them definitive, which are still the subject of considerable study by specialists in the German composer’s repertoire. The powerful musical narrative accompanying Christ’s trial, procession and death is an example of Bach at his most artistically sublime, within one of the most majestic and moving masterpieces in the history of music.


Gulbenkian Choir
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Florian Helgath Conductor
Ana Quintans Soprano
Maria Helgath Mezzo-Soprano
Tuomas Katajala Tenor
Marco Alves dos Santos Tenor
Ludwig Mittelhammer Bass
André Baleiro Bass
Marcelo Giannini Organ

Johann Sebastian Bach
St. John’s Passion, BWV 245

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