No composer ever expressed such aching sorrow or captured the agony of Jesus' crucifixion as perfectly as Johann Sebastian Bach. With emotional intimacy and dramatic power, Bach's St. John Passion is a musical monument that never fails to move the listener. It was first performed in 1724 at Good Friday Vespers at the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, Germany, and now it's brought to vivid life for modern audiences by the Handel and Haydn Society chorus and period orchestra. Considered more extravagant and raw than Bach's later St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion is the perfect musical celebration of the Easter season. Experience it at Boston Symphony Hall.
Harry Christophers, conductor
Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor (Evangelist and arias)
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone (Jesus and arias)
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Emily Marvosh, contralto