John Eliot Gardiner, one of the most brilliant and widely acclaimed conductors active today, has worked extensively on Renaissance music and the historical revival of Baroque works. During last spring’s lockdown, two of the ensembles founded and conducted by Sir John, namely the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, decided to pay a great tribute to Bach’s church cantatas in broadcasting a recording from their famous Bach Cantata Pilgrimage for every feast day in the Lutheran church calendar. As they continue to explore the major composer’s oeuvre, they will now present St John Passion (1724) at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a work composed by Bach to be performed specifically at the Good Friday Vespers.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
St John Passion, BWV245
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Soloists Nick Pritchard tenor (Evangelist), William Thomas bass (Christus), Alex Ashworth bass (Pilatus), Charlotte La Thrope soprano, Reginald Mobley countertenor, Peter Davoren tenor