- JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH The Passion according to St. John, BWV 245
The St. John Passion is the highly dramatic and explosive retelling of the last days of Jesus according to the gospel of St. John, by the incomparable Johann Sebastian Bach. You might say it is Bach’s Cecil B. DeMille spectacular. This is Bach at his most dramatically brilliant. He wanted to write a passion to show his new bosses at his new job in Leipzig what he could do, and did he ever deliver! He gave them a masterpiece that would come to be ranked with the most sublime creations of the Baroque period. He tells the tale with a dramatic urgency that is powerful and gripping. In our concert, to offer the maximum effect of the riveting emotional brilliance of this work, the performance will be in English. It promises to be a major event in London’s Concert season.
Outstanding soloists for this concert will be Chelsea Van Pelt, soprano, Sarah Hicks, mezzo soprano, Christopher Mayell, tenor and Evangelist, and David Diston, baritone and Jesus. KSS bass Richard Zelinka will sing the part of Pilate. London Symphonia is London’s premier orchestra—a professional symphony of top players that performs a vibrant and bold season of music. Joining them for this performance is concert organist Ian Sadler.