St Albans Choral Society and Orchestra Nova perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion in German, under conductor George Vass.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s first musical setting of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, first heard nearly 300 years ago on Good Friday 1724, is full of colour and emotional depth. More intense than its later sister piece, the St Matthew Passion, the St John combines high drama and challenging introspection with some of the most intense and experimental music that Bach ever composed.
St Albans Choral Society is one of Hertfordshire’s leading amateur choirs; it gave its first concert in December 1944 and since then has performed a huge part of the choral repertoire with music ranging from the Baroque to the present day. The Society has an enviable reputation for the commissioning and performance of new choral work and enjoys a fruitful relationship with Orchestra Nova, its regular performance partner.
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