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JS Bach: St John Passion


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JS Bach: St John Passion


Nun danket alle Gott

congregational chorale

O Lamm Gottes unschuldig

congregational chorale

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV621 'Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund'

congregational chorale

St John Passion, BWV245

Chorale Prelude BWV618 'O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig'

Chorale Prelude BWV620 'Christus, der uns selig macht'

Chorale Prelude BWV657 'Nun danket alle Gott'


Praeambulum in F sharp minor, BuxWv 146


Ecce quomodo


Da Jesus an dem Kreuze Stund

Responsory; Collect; Blessing; Response to Blessing

Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (baritone), Robert Davies (baritone)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt

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This is the premiere recording J.S. Bach’s John Passion heard for the first time within its original liturgical context.

This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort’s star studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Robert Davies, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson.

Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the John Passion in a completely new light.

The Consort recreate the context of a passion performance during Bach’s time at Leipzig; the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir (directed by James Grossmith) and a congregational choir of amateur singers perform motets and chorales from an original Leipzig hymn book and John Butt takes centre stage to perform organ preludes on the Collins organ at Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh, where the recording took place.

'No performance could better justify small-scale Bach than this convincing marriage of scholarship and inspiration.’ BBC Music Magazine (on J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor)

‘The playing and the singing is outstanding, undoubtedly enhanced by John Butt's scholarly and revelatory handling of the score.’ The Observer (on J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion)

The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as the finest single-part period performance choir currently performing, under the direction of prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt O.B.E.

The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of its soloists and renown for the virtuosity of its singers.

Since receiving a Gramophone Award in 2007, Dunedin Consort has continued to receive accolades: Esther was voted one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012’ by The Times, 2011 saw them included in Gramophone’s ‘Twenty Greatest Choirs’ list and its recording of Bach’s Matthew Passion was named Building A Library: First Choice by BBC Radio 3 - CD Review.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644

Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, BWV 621

Johann Hermann Schein: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund II

Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund II

Dieterich Buxtehude: Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146

Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BuxWV 146: Prelude (excerpt)

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

Part I: Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern (Evangelist)

Part I: Chorale: Jesum von Nazareth (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Jesus spricht zu ihnen (Evangelist, Jesus)

Part I: Chorale: Jesum von Nazareth! (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Jesus antwortete (Evangelist, Jesus)

Part I: Chorale: O grosse Lieb (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde (Evangelist, Jesus)

Part I: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (Evangelist)

Part I: Aria: Von den Strikken meiner Sunden (Alto)

Part I: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (Evangelist)

Part I: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls (Soprano)

Part I: Recitative: Derselbige Junger war (Evangelist)

Part I: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (Evangelist)

Part I: Chorale: Bist du nicht seiner Junger einer (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Er leugnete und sprach (Evangelist, Petrus)

Part I: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn (Tenor)

Part I: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644

Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Christe, du Lamm Gottes

Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644

Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 620

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

Part II: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Da fuhreten sie Jesum (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Ware dieser nicht ein Ubeltater (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Wir durfen niemand toten (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Auf dass erfullet wurde das Wort Jesu (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)

Part II: Chorale: Ach grosser Konig (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)

Part II: Chorale: Nicht diesen, diesen nicht (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Barrabas aber war ein Morder (Evangelist)

Part II: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel (Bass)

Part II: Aria: Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rucken (Tenor)

Part II: Recitative: Und die kriegsknechte flochten (Evangelist)

Part II: Chorale: Sei gegrusset, lieber Judenkonig (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Und gaben ihm Backenstreiche (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Kreuzige, kreuzige (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Pilatus sprach zu ihnen (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Wir haben ein Gesetz (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Da Pilatus das Wort horete (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)

Part II: Chorale: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber schrieen (Evangelist)

Part II: Chorale: Lassest du diesen los (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Da Pilatus das Wort horete (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Weg, weg mit dem (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Spricht Pilatus zu ihnen (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Wir haben keinen Konig (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Da uberantwortete er ihn (Evangelist)

Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (Bass, Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: Schreibe nicht: der Juden konig (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Pilatus antwortet (Evangelist, Pilatus)

Part II: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber (Evangelist)

Part II: Chorale: Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Auf dass erfullet werde die Schrift (Evangelist, Jesus)

Part II: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Und von Stund an (Evangelist, Jesus)

Part II: Aria: Es ist vollbracht (Alto)

Part II: Recitative: Und neiget das Haupt (Evangelist)

Part II: Aria: Mein teurer Heiland (Bass, Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang (Evangelist)

Part II: Arioso: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (Tenor)

Part II: Aria: Zerfliesse, mein Herze (Soprano)

Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber (Evangelist)

Part II: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)

Part II: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum (Evangelist)

Part II: Chorale: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (Chorus)

Part II: Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (Chorus)

Jacobus Handl: Ecce quomodo moritur iustus

Ecce quomodo moritur iustus

Anonymous: Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch [Leipzig, 1682]

Responsory [Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch, Leipzig, 1682]

Anonymous: Vollstandiges Kirchen-Buch [Leipzig, 1731]

Collect [Vollstandiges Kirchen-Buch, Leipzig, 1731]

Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch [Leipzig, 1682]

Blessing [Vollstandiges Kirchen-Buch, Leipzig, 1731]

Johann Hermann Schein: Gott sei uns gnadig und barmherzig

Response: Gott sei uns gnadig und barmherzig

Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale"

18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale": Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657

Johannes Cruger: Nun danket alle Gott

Nun danket alle Gott

Gramophone Magazine

March 2013

“naturalness and emotional honesty are what emerge from this tight-knit and perfectly paced ensemble Passion, in which Bach's complex succession of recitatives, arias, choruses and chorales has surely seldom sounded so convincingly of a piece...[the singers] come across as a gathering of real people rather than a disembodied chorus. The fact that you can sometimes recognise a soloist's voice within the mix only adds to the impression of reality.”

The Times

15th March 2013


“The artists themselves bring pleasure, unless you’re allergic to the idiosyncratic, rather peevish tone of the tenor Nicholas Mulroy...Would that there were more chances to hear the soprano Joanne Lunn, clear as a bell, daisy-fresh. Around and about, Matthew Brook’s Jesus, the Dunedin Consort and their director John Butt attack the music with customary verve. Intimacy, too: the Consort choir numbers eight”

BBC Music Magazine

April 2013


“a dramatic, exactingly nuanced, profoundly considered reading, compelling in its integrity and text-driven immediacy...Mulroy's firmly-contoured Evangelist balances the musical and narrative imperatives of the recitatives with judicious sensitivity...Brooks's Christus stands up to the crowd with a dignified yet firm resolve and hallowed charisma..Butt's contextualising demands to be heard: it's nothing short of a revelation”

The Observer

24th March 2013

“a really fine, taut, mainly single-voice account of Bach's music – led by Nicholas Mulroy's powerful Evangelist and Matthew Brook's affecting Christ – which somehow acquires new power for emerging from its spartan surroundings. John Butt's research and direction are an object lesson in musical study brought to compelling life.”

The Herald (Glasgow)

March 2013

“The recording is a significant landmark in authentic Bach performance, but at the same time it's refreshingly relaxed around the edges (Butt doesn't pretend to have recreated the exact 1724 service, because there's no way of knowing what that was)”

MusicWeb International

March 2013

“Not only is this an exceptionally fine small-scale performance and recording with scholarly but readable notes, it attempts to bring us closer to the way in which the original listeners experienced the passion on Good Friday”

Financial Times

March 2013

“the choral singing is wonderfully pure, buoyant and transparent...I found [the add-ons] stimulating and musically all-of-a-piece.”

Sunday Times

31st March 2013

“Linn offers a fascinating extra dimension.”

International Record Review

June 2013

“All of the soloists are generally outstanding. Nicholas Mulroy's lithe, sensitive Evangelist is the epitome of narrative clarity and contrast beautifully with the calming, authoritative richness of Matthew Brook's Jesus...Both the reconstruction and the performance are carefully prepared, historically faithful and immaculately presented.”

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