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Bach: Saint John's Passion

Friday April 3rd 2020
8 pm |


INFO COVID-19: Due to the French government decisions, Château de Versailles Spectacles has to cancel this show.

Simon Bode Tenor, The Evangelist
Thomas Stimmel Bass, Jesus
Laila Salome Fischer Mezzo soprano
Terry Wey Countertenor
Martin Platz Tenor
Stephan Vock Bass-barytone

La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Lluís Vilamajó Preparation of the vocal ensemble
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall Musical conductor
Manfredo Kraemer Concertino


Of Bach’s two remaining passions, the Saint John’s was the first composed, and several times reworked by the Cantor for different executions between 1724 and 1747. In Saint-Thomas of Leipzig, Bach had a choir and instrumental ensemble, well trained for the virtuosity of the arias and chorales of this rich passion and he deployed to their maximum the rhetorical effects highlighting the text and its dolorous dimension. Just one year after his arrival in Leipzig, he gave this first great masterpiece for Good Friday 1724. It was by far his largest composition until then and is today still one of the public’s favourite because of its extraordinary humanity.

Concert in German with surtitles in French


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Saint John's Passion


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