Haags Barokgezelschap - Johannes Passion
On March 15th, The Hague Baroque Company led by Gilles Michels will once again perform JS Bach's beloved John Passion in the Nieuwe Badkapel. This year marks 300 years since Bach wrote the Passion.
On April 7th, 1724, the St. John Passion was performed for the first time in the Nicolaïkirche in Leipzig. Bach continued to edit the passion until his death, so that today there are four different versions.
The St. John Passion is somewhat more compact than the well-known St. Matthew Passion. Bach clearly shows what happens in human actions in the run-up to the crucifixion of Jesus. We hear wry passages, subdued or fierce chorales for the choir and emotional arias for the soloists. Jesus rarely addresses his audience.
In the dramatic turbae for the choir we discover the hypocritical scribes, indifferent soldiers and teasing bystanders. Composer Bach takes the listener through all kinds of considerations – Evangelist John especially highlights the man who is not afraid to act, Jesus – and concludes with the solemn and tender “Ruhe nur” that leaves no one unmoved, after which one final chorale follows.
- Bart van Lieshout, evangelist
- Andreas Goetze, Christus
- Wendy Roobol, soprano
- Anne-Marieke Evers, alto
- Jasper Dijkstra, tenor
- Joris van Baar, bass
The Choir and Orchestra of the Hague Baroque Company conducted by Gilles Michels