Johannes-Passion BWV 245
Conducted by Frans Brüggen
SJP by Frans Brüggen
Wim Huisjes wrote (November 7, 1999):
< Samuel Frederick wrote: And why not say a little about Brüggen's Johannes Passion as well. My curiosity is piqued. >
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As for Brüggen's SJP: same story, just heard a few parts on radio. Also more than excellent and very much available over here. You should see Brüggen: his conducting is inspiring, very much involved:
Nico van der Meel, Kristinn Sigmudsson, Annegeer Stumphius, James Bowman (!), Christoph Pregardien (!), Peter Kooy (!).
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Orchestra of the 18th Century
PHILIPS 434 905 (2 CD's)
Looks like even a better cast than his SMP has!
IIRC: his SMP is probably dated 1998 (the Philips 1999 catalogue (published in 1998) lists it as "new"). His SJP is probably just one or two years older.
SJP by Frans Brüggen
Ehud Shiloni wrote (May 14, 2004):
I recently found a used copy of Brüggen's recording of the SJP on Philips, which has been OOP for a long time. I am very happy with it. Unlike Brüggen's "Live" recording of the SMP, which was spliced together from three different concerts and has noticeable technical problems, this one was not recorded "Live" and the result is very good technically.
The performance is a very interesting one. Brüggen's chorals are the speediest around, but somehow they do not sound improper. He plays with varying dynamics and tempos and succeeds IMO to produce just the right feeling, despite the overall breakneck speed. The opening chorus is also unique, with a subdued and humble opening, juxtaposed with a heroic second part. Quite intriguing.
Nico Van Der Meel is the evangelist. I did not like him at the SMP, and I thought that his lyrical style and light voice did not maintain the dramatic suspense of the tragic "story". But here, with the SJP, the "story" unfolds much more rapidly and the tension is naturally maintained, so that I could concentrate purely on his singing, and it is truly beautiful and engaging.
The other soloists are Sigmundson [Jesus], Stumphius , Bowman, Pregardien and Kooy.
The Orchestra of the 18th Century is superb in this recording, very agile and responsive, with excellent "HIP" colour.
I am surprised that this fine recording is not better known - I wonder if any of the Listmemebers has had the chance to hear it. The fact that it went OOP indicates slow sales and little recognition, which is a shame.
I intend to listen more to this version. Recommended.
P.S. Recorded at the Vredenburg, Utrecht on 2/1992.