Released 2012 ATMA

Les Voix Baroques and Arion Baroque Orchestra combine their outstanding talents for this new ATMA recording of the St. John Passion by Bach, under the direction of organist and conductor Alexander Weimann. This recording was produced at the Chapel of the Grand Séminaire in Montreal, following performances during the 2010 Bach Festival in Montreal.

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Les Voix Baroques
Arion Orchestre Baroque
Alexander Weimann, conductor
Jan Kobow, tenor: Evangelist
Stephan MacLeod, bass: Jesus
Joshua Hopkins, bass: Peter
Nathaniel Watson, bass: Pilate
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Meg Bragle, alto
Matthew White, alto
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Agnes Zsigovics soprano

Track listing

J. S. BACH (1675 – 1750)
St. John Passion
CD 1 – Part I
CD 2 – Part II


“All are in great form here, with particular kudos to chorister soprano Shannon Mercer who shines in the aria “Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten.” From the motoric opening “Herr,unser Herrscher” through the recitatives, arias and choruses of the “Betrayal and Arrest,” “Denial of Peter,” “Interrogation and Scourging,” “Condemnation and Crucifixion,” “Death of Jesus” and “Burial” of Christ to the peaceful final chorale “Ach Herr, lass dein leib Engelein” (Ah Lord, let thine own angels dear…) almost two hours later, our attention is held without flagging in this glorious performance.” (Wholenote, April 2012)

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