This recording is of the rarely performed late fourth version of the St. John Passion. Cantus Cölln performs the entire work as a double vocal quartet, producing vocal brilliance and immaculate solo sections. The ensemble is one of the most renowned vocal groups for Renaissance and Baroque music.
“Junghanel sympathetically directs Bach`s latest version of his St John Passion. The Evangelist and other soloists are drawn from the eight-voice ensemble.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
“Cantus Cölln`s vastly experienced vocal ensemble has often proved that its sum is greater than its individual parts but on this occasion the solo singing is also consistently effective...Junghanel conjures an absorbing mood of essential story-telling...The product of strong musicianship, detailed thinking and and artistic integrity...Cantus Cölln`s effort becomes another of my favourite examples of this approach to the St John Passion.” GRAMOPHONE
“Konrad Junghänel directs a fairly conventional but perceptive interpretation and he is admirably supported by his fine instrumental ensemble...bass Wolf Matthias Friedrich is outstanding. Both in his recitatives as Peter and Pontius Pilate and in his two arias with chorus...he is at once refined, dramatic and expressive. These two arias may not be the climactic moments of the drama, but they are certainly this recording`s musical high points.” INT. RECORD REVIEW
“Hans Jörg Mammel is a very good Evangelista, more on the light side of dramatic...but having plenty of expression and a fine sense of proportion. Markus Flaig as Jesus has a restrained authority...With sensitive and highly expressive playing from beginning to end this is a performance which commands a good deal of respect.” MUSIC WEB