Bach Collegium Japan: St John Passion
J S Bach St John Passion
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki director
James Gilchrist Evangelist
Hana Blakov soprano
Zachary Wilder tenor
Christian Immler bass
Theres no mightier spiritual or artistic challenge than Bachs St John Passion and few living performers are better-equipped to tackle it than Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan.
The pairing make a keenly awaited return to London with Bachs transcendent Passion setting. The St John Passion is perhaps the most intensely human of Bachs great sacred works: perfect for an ensemble that combines supreme refinement with a limitless reverence for this sublime music.
The Barbican hosted the Collegiums first ever UK residency in 2016; since then, theyve won global acclaim and their Bach, in the words of Gramophone magazine reaches, you might say, those parts that other performances do not.
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