Holy Week Musical Meditation Bach: St. John Passion (Part 1)

Monday, April 6, 2020
Monday In Holy Week
5:30 PM | Baptismal Font
Holy Week Musical Meditation Bach: St. John Passion (Part 1)


On this Monday in Holy Week, Concerts at Saint Thomas presents an archival audio recording from the recent past. Originally performed on April 11, 2019, The Choir of Men and Boys is joined by New York Baroque Incorporated and guest soloists under the direction of former Organist and Director of Music Daniel Hyde.

With such emotional weight, and in a perfect balance of drama and spirituality, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion has become synonymous with Passiontide and Easter observances around the world.

The choir presented this concert as a liturgical reconstruction that incorporates some of what we know of the Good Friday liturgies from the 1720s. About this meditation, Mr. Hyde wrote, “Each half of [the] performance (liturgy) begins with an organ intonation for an audience (congregational) chorale; the sermon should be given in-between the two parts of Bach’s Passion and this evening you can find much in the program to meditate upon during the interval; after Part Two of Bach’s music, the re-enactment closes with a short collect and blessing before the final chorale ‘Nun danket alle Gott’.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
New York Baroque Incorporated and Soloists

Daniel Hyde, conductor

To listen to more performances by New York Baroque Incorporated, click HERE.

Access part 2 of this performance of the Saint John Passion.

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