Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 | Bach’s St. John Passion

Event time: 
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 3:30pm
Alice Tully Hall See map
1941 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
with members of Yale Baroque Ensemble


Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion, composed in 1724, is often seen as the “little sister” of the grandiose St. Matthew Passion. However, the earlier work is a masterwork in its own right. Bach sets passion text from the gospel of John in highly dramatic fashion in a dense dialogue of recitatives, arias, and large scale choral movements. The suffering and death of Jesus Christ is depicted as an act of divine splendor and revelation; and in one aria it even gives a short glimpse of the glory of Easter morning.