Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Bach's St John Passion
After performances in recent years of Bach's liturgical cantatas and St Matthew Passion, John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloist turn to the composer's other great meditation on the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus in a performance filmed in Oxford's historic Sheldonian Theatre. Martin Luther described the St. John Gospel as "unique in loveliness and, in truth, the principal Gospel, far superior to the other three and much to be preferred". Bach responded to the text with music which is by turns evocative, stirring, exultant and profoundly moving – music that holds our attention from beginning to end.
- Alex Ashworth (Bass), Alexander Chance (Countertenor), Peter Davoren (Tenor), Julia Doyle (Soprano), Nick Pritchard (Tenor), William Thomas (Bass)
- English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
- John Eliot Gardiner