J. S. Bach: St. John Passion (Rademann)

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion

Version IV

BWV 245, 1749


The St John Passion occupies a special place in Johann Sebastian Bach’s output. Hardly any other work survives in so many and, at the same time, such different versions. This is because Bach made changes to the work for each of his Leipzig performances. For this CD recording, Hans-Christoph Rademann has chosen the fourth version of the Passion. Composed shortly before Bach’s death, it represents a return to the first version, augmented by larger instrumental forces. It is very close to the version of the Passion which has been mostly frequently performed since the first edition of 1830 – a mixture of the 1739 and 1749 versions – but by comparison, this constitutes an authentic version by Bach.

The performers are the choir and ensemble of the Gaechinger Cantorey, under the artistic direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann. The soloists are Elizabeth Watts, soprano, Benno Schachtner, alto, Matthias Winckhler, bass, Patrick Grahl, tenor (Evangelist & arias), and Peter Harvey, bass (Christus).

Recorded in collaboration and with the friendly support of Bachwoche Ansbach. 


Compact Disc, 2 Ex.

EUR29,90 / copies

Product information


Hans-Christoph Rademann Personal details


Gaechinger Cantorey Personal details

Soloist - soprano

Mirjam Striegel Personal details
Elizabeth Watts Personal details

Soloist - alto

Benno Schachtner Personal details

Soloist - tenor

Christoph Pfaller Personal details
Patrick Grahl Personal details
Wolfgang Frisch-Catalano Personal details

Soloist - baritone

Peter Harvey Personal details

Soloist - bass

Matthias Winckhler Personal details
Florian Schmitt-Bohn Personal details

Piano reduction by

Paul Horn Personal details


Henry Drinker Personal details


Johann Sebastian Bach Personal details


... Herausgekommen ist auf jeden Fall eine spannende CD mit hervorragenden Solisten, die auch für Kenner der Passion einige Überraschungsmomente enthält.
APA - Austria Presse Agentur eG, 02/2020


... Rademann füllt diese Produktion mit Fantasie und dramaturgischem Feinsinn, was sich auch auf die Gestaltung der Rezitative erstreckt. (...) Die Aufnahme strahlt Ruhe, Größe, Souveränität und Detailfreude aus.
concerti, Christian Lahneck, 03.02.2020