Bach’s St John Passion draws us into the drama of Christ’s last days with utterly transfixing music. The pulsating opening chorus sets the mood. We are compelled to share the anger of the mob, to empathize with Pilate, and to feel the anguish of the solo arias. Poignancy is heightened by the sounds of the period instruments - not least in the tender agony of ‘Es ist vollbracht’ (It is finished).
This concert recreates elements of the Good Friday liturgy as Bach knew it, including the Jacob Handl motet Bach performed. There is a stunning motet commissioned by Ex Cathedra from Alec Roth, chorale preludes and organ improvisations. You are invited to join in from home with the hymns.
Sung in German with English and German subtitles.
Ex Cathedra would like to thank the Continuo Foundation and the government’s Culture Recovery Fund for support that has made this concert possible.