One of Bach’s most unusual creations, the oratorio recounts the last days in the life of Jesus, based on the Luther Bible, Martin Luther’s own German translation from the Greek, through the voices of The Evangelist, Jesus, and Pontius Pilate. The MusicaNova Singers, comprising the finest professional singers in the Valley of the Sun, perform Bach’s glorious arias and choruses, joined by the renowned MusicaNova Orchestra, playing the original orchestration on period instruments. In a unique feature, the oratorio will be sung in English (Novello edition) and audience members are invited to sing along with the many hymn-like chorales as they did in Bach’s day.
Click to see the program listing including recitatives, arias, choruses, and chorales, and all vocal soloists.
Click to see the complete program notes by conductor Warren Cohen.
Recorded live March 25, 2018 at the Scottsdale Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona