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BACH, J.S.: St. John Passion


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Bach's music came to occupy a central position for Robert Schumann, following on from his delight at Mendelssohn's performance of the 'St. Matthew Passion' in Berlin in 1829. Schumann preferred the 'St. John Passion', which never engrossed Mendelssohn as did the 'Matthew'. When Schumann was offered the post of music director in D??sseldorf in 1850, his first main project was to perform the 'St. John Passion', which had never been presented there, in April 1851: \It is much bolder, more powerful, and more poetic than the St. Matthew. This one seems to me not to be free of diffuseness and to be exceedingly long, but the other - how compact, how thoroughly genial, and of what art!" Robert Schumann. Like Mendelssohn, Schumann adapted Bach's musical language to his own time: he replaced instruments that were no longer in use, and orchestrated the original anew - together with other changes. "
Disc: 1
St. John Passion, BWV 245 (arr. R. Schumann)
1 Part I: Herr, unser Herrscher, dessen Ruhm (Chorus
2 Part I: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern
3 Part I: Chorale: O grosse Lieb, o Lieb ohn alle Ma
4 Part I: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wur
5 Part I: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zug
6 Part I: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhau
7 Part I: Aria: Von den Stricken meiner Sunden Mich
8 Part I: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu
9 Part I: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudi
10 Part I: Recitative: Derselbige Junger war dem Hohe
11 Part I: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen, Mein
12 Part I: Recitaive: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden
13 Part I: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn, wo willt du endlich
14 Part I: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck, S
15 Part II: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig machtm,
16 Part II: Recitative: Da fuhreten sie Jesum von Kai
17 Part II: Chorale: Ach grosser Konig, gross zu alle
18 Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm - So
19 Part II: Arioso: Betrachte, mein Seel, mit angstli
20 Part II: Aria: Mein Jesu, ach! Dein schmerzhaft bi
21 Part II: Recitaive: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten
22 Part II: Chorale: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Soh
23 Part II: Die Juden aber schrieen und sprachen (Eva
24 Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen, Geht
25 Part II: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn und
26 Part II: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde dein Na
27 Part II: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber, da si
28 Part II: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht in de
29 Part II: Recitative: Und von Stund an nahm sie der
30 Part II: Aria: Es ist vollbracht! O Trost fur die
31 Part II: Recitative: Und neiget sein Haupt und ver
32 Part II: Aria: Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich frag
33 Part II: Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang im
34 Part II: Arioso: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (
35 Part II: Aria: Zerfliesse, mein Herze, in Fluten d
36 Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber, dieweil es de
37 Part II: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (Ch
38 Part II: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph vo
39 Part II: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (Chorus)
40 Part II: Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelei
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