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Bach’s St John Passion, with its famous opening chorus traversed by shadows and light, is a powerful musical and spiritual reflection. Dramatic, grandiose, complex, resolutely theatrical: there has been no lack of superlatives to describe this supreme masterpiece of western music. Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent present an accomplished reading that reflects their knowledge of the composer, based on extensive research and deepened by countless concerts. Soloists Krešimir Stražanac and Maximilian Schmitt demonstrate the breadth of their talents in the roles of Jesus and the Evangelist.

GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award Klara Ordeel award

"The rising chromatic choruses of part two, as the crowd calls for crucifixion, are absolutely electrifying, while the chorales, mostly done quietly and simply, are moments of wistful personal reflection amid the tumult. "
The Guardian, February 2020
"From the pounding, grinding opening chorus onwards, this is a completely gripping picture of the Passion story. [...] The rising chromatic choruses of part two, as the crowd calls for crucifixion, are absolutely electrifying, while the chorales, mostly done quietly and simply, are moments of wistful personal reflection amid the tumult. [...] Herreweghe’s choir Collegium Vocale Gent, replenished over the years, is ever fresh and precise."
The Guardian, February 2020
"Philippe Herreweghe, his singers and instrumentalists penetrate to the heart of Bach’s masterpiece. The recording is excellent, achieving clarity, exemplary balance and a very pleasing, natural sound."
MusicWeb International, March 2020
"Herreweghe's is an ensemble triumph, a symbiotic entwining of voice and instruments that brings about repeated moments of wonder."
BBC Music Magazine