Harnoncourt conducts Bach: St John Passion

Harnoncourt conducts Bach: St John Passion

Concentus Musicus Wien

Performance date: 30/06/1985
114 Min

Filmed in Bach's 300th-anniversary year in 1985, this ambitious recording of the composer's St John Passion in Graz Cathedral features one of the most significant and pioneering Bach interpreters of the last half-century. Setting out with his Concentus Musicus WIen – founded in 1953 – to recapture the original and drama of Bach's work, Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads a performance of rare conviction and power, unusual in its use not just of a boys choir (the renowned Tölzer Knabenchor) but also for allotting the soprano and alto solos to members of the choir.

Kurt Equiluz (Tenor), Robert Holl (Bass), Thomas Moser (Tenor), Anton Scharinger (Bass)
Tölzer Knabenchor, Concentus Musicus Wien
Nikolaus Harnoncourt