OPUS PRIZE: Nominee for Disc of the year - Medieval Music, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical
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. The St. John Passion follows the rules of an oratorio: The story, – essentially the last days of Christ’s life – is drawn from the Gospel according to John, and features commentary throughout in the form of choruses sung by the choir. In this work, Bachreaches an incomparable profundity of expressiveness not by rote association of musical motif with image,, but by the beauty of his melodies, the feeling associated with various keys, and the richness of his harmonies.