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Bach's 'St. John Passion' At Carnegie Hall

Music Director Bernard Labadie conducts Les Violons du Roy and soloists in Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall. (NPR)closemore
Music Director Bernard Labadie conducts Les Violons du Roy and soloists in Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall. (NPR)

The Canadian ensemble and vocal soloists, including tenor Ian Bostridge, perform Bach's misunderstood St. John Passion.

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Music Director and Conductor Bernard Labadie leads the orchestra called Les Violons du Roy (The King's Violins), plus La Chapelle de Quebec and vocal soloists in Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall.  (NPR)
Music Director and Conductor Bernard Labadie leads the orchestra called Les Violons du Roy (The King's Violins), plus La Chapelle de Quebec and vocal soloists in Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall. (NPR)

Performers

  • Les Violons du Roy
  • La Chapelle de Québec
    Bernard Labadie, Music Director and Conductor
  • Ian Bostridge, Tenor
  • Conductor Bernard Labadie says Bach's St. John Passion is the boldest experience in terms of dramatic expression in all of Bach's output, "The harmonies are the furthest he's ever gone, and as close as he got to opera." (NPR)
    Conductor Bernard Labadie says Bach's St. John Passion is the boldest experience in terms of dramatic expression in all of Bach's output, "The harmonies are the furthest he's ever gone, and as close as he got to opera." (NPR)

  • Neal Davies, Bass-Baritone
  • Karina Gauvin, Soprano
  • Damien Guillon, Countertenor
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone
  • Tenor Ian Bostridge (left) sings the role of the evangelist, a kind of "reporter on the scene" telling the story of Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion. He's joined by Bass-Baritone Neal Davies (center, as Jesus) and Bass-Baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann.  (NPR)
    Tenor Ian Bostridge (left) sings the role of the evangelist, a kind of "reporter on the scene" telling the story of Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion. He's joined by Bass-Baritone Neal Davies (center, as Jesus) and Bass-Baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann. (NPR)

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