Bach: St. John Passion BWV 245 (Rochester Bach Festival)

Bach: St. John Passion BWV 245 (Rochester Bach Festival)


Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion PART I Lord, our ruler, whose glory is magnificent everywhere! Lord, our ruler Lord! our ruler, whose glory is magnificent everywhere! whose glory is magnificent everywhere! Show us through your passion that you , the true son of God at all times, even in the most lowly state (that you) are glorified! Show us through your passion, that you, the true son of God. (that you) are glorified. Lord! Our ruler, whose glory is magnificent everywhere! Jesus went with his disciples over the brook Kidron where there was a garden
which Jesus and his disciples entered. But Judas, who betrayed him,also knew the place for Jesus often met there
with his disciples. Now Judas had got a band of servants from the chief priests and the Phariseesand he came to the place with lanterns,torches and weapons. As Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him. he came forward and said to them: Jesus: Who are you looking for? Evangelist: They answered him Chorus: Jesus of Nazareth. Evangelist: Jesus said to them Jesus: I am he. Evangelist: But Judas, who betrayed him,
was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he” they moved back and fell to the ground. He asked them a second time: Jesus: Who are you looking for? Evangelist: And they said: Chorus: Jesus of Nazareth. Evangelist: Jesus replied: Jesus: I have told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these go! O great love, O love without any limits that has brought you along this martyr’s way I live with the world in pleasure and delight, and you must suffer. In this way the word was fulfilled
which said: I have lost none of those
which you gave to me. Then Simon Peter had a sword and he drew it out and struck
the chief priest’s servant and cut off his right ear;
and the servant was called Malchus. Then Jesus said to Peter Jesus: Put up your sword in its scabbard! Shall I not drink the cup which my father has given me? May your will be done, Lord God, both on earth as in heaven grant us patience in time of sorrow, obedience in love and sorrow, restrain and guide our flesh and blood that acts against your will! But the soldiers and their commander and the servants of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him, and led him first to Annas who was the father-in-law of Caiphas
— this man was the chief priest that year. It was Caiphas who advised the Jews
that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. From the bonds of my sins to set me free
my saviour is bound. From the bonds of my sins to set me free
my saviour is bound. From all infections of vice
to heal me completely he gives himself to be wounded. Completely, completely completely he gives himself to be wounded. From the bonds of my sins to set me free my saviour is bound. From the bonds of my sins to set me free my saviour is bound. Evangelist: But Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. I follow you likewise with joyful steps I follow you likewise with joyful steps and do not leave you. My life, my light. Bring me on my way and do not cease to pull, push and urge me on. Bring me on my way and do not cease
to pull, push and urge me on. I follow you likewise with joyful steps I follow you likewise with joyful steps
and do not leave you. My life, my light. This disciple was known to the chief priest and he went along with Jesus into the palace of the chief priest. But Peter stood without by the door. Then the other disciple who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the woman
in charge of the door and led Peter within Then the woman in charge of the door said to Peter: Maid: Are not you one of this man’s disciples? Evangelist: He said Peter: I am not. Evangelist: The servants and officers were standing there
and had made a charcoal fire (for it was cold) and were warming themselves. Peter stood by them and warned himself. The chief priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him: Jesus:
I have spoken openly before all the world. I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple where all the Jews gather together
and have spoken nothing in secret. Why therefore do you question me? Question those who have heard about
what I have spoken to them! See, they themselves know what I have said Evangelist: As he spoke in this way,
one of servants who was standing by, struck Jesus with his hand and said Servant: Should you reply to the chief priests in this way? Evangelist: Jesus answered: Jesus: If I have spoken badly, then show what was wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me? Who has struck you in this way, my Savior, and with torments treated you so badly? You are indeed not a sinner as we and our children are,
of wrongdoing you know nothing. I, I, and my sins, that are as many as grains of sand by the sea have provoked for you the misery that has struck you and the host of troubles and torment. 12. Evangelist: And Annas sent him bound
to the chief priest Caiphas. As Simon Peter stood and warmed himself, they said to him Chorus: Aren’t you one of his disciples? Evangelist: But he denied it and said: Peter: I am not. Evangelist: One of the chief priest’s servants, a relative of the man
whose ear Peter had cut off, said Servant: Did I not see you in the garden with him? Evangelist: Then Peter denied it again, and once the cock crew Then Peter thought of Jesus’s word and went out and wept bitterly. Ah ,my soul, where will you at last go,
where shall I find relief? Ah ,my soul, where will you at last go,
where shall I find relief? Should I stay here, or should I wish
that hills and mountains were behind me? In the world there is no help, and in my heart
are the pains of my wrongdoing since the servant has denied the Lord. Peter, who does not think back at all, denies his God but then at a look of reproach weeps bitterly. Jesus, look at me also when I am reluctant to repent; when I have done evil stir up my conscience! PART II Christ, who makes us blessed and has done no wrong, was for us in the night seized like a thief led before godless people and falsely accused derided, mocked and spat upon, as the scripture says. Evangelist: Then they led Jesus from Caiphas
to the hall of judgement, and it was early. And they did not go into the hall of judgement
so that they would not become defiled but would be able to eat the Passover meal. Then Pilate came out to them and said : Pilate: What accusation do you bring against this man ? Evangelist: They replied and said to him: Chorus: If this man were not a criminal,
we would not have brought him before you. Evangelist: Then Pilate said to them: Pilate: Then take him away and judge him according to your law! Evangelist: Then the Jews said to him Chorus: We are not allowed to put anyone to death. Evangelist: In this way was fulfilled the words of Jesus, which he said to indicate by what sort of death he would die. Then Pilate went back into the hall of judgement
and called Jesus and said to him: Pilate: Are you the king of the Jews? Evangelist: Jesus replied: Jesus: Do you say this of yourself,
or did others say it to you about me? Evangelist: Pilate answered: Pilate: Am I a Jew? Your people and the chief priests have
handed you over to me. What have you done? Evangelist: Jesus answered: Jesus: My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world then my servants would fight so that I should not be handed over to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here. Ah, great king, great in all ages,
How can I make my faithfulness in any way adequate? No human heart can conceive
what gift is fit to offer you. My mind cannot imagine
what can be compared to your mercy. How then can I match your loving deeds
by anything I do ? Evangelist: Then Pilate said to him Pilate: So you are then a King? Evangelist: Jesus answered: Jesus: You say it,I am a king.
For this I was born and came into the world so that I should testify to the truth. Anyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Evangelist: Pilate said to him
Pilate: What is truth? Evangelist: And when he said this,
he went back out to the Jews and said to them: Pilate: I find no fault in him.
But you have a custom, that I release one prisoner to you; do you wish then that I should release to you the king of the Jews? Evangelist: They all cried out together and said: Chorus: Not this man, but Barrabas! Evangelist: Now Barrabas was a murderer. Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. Consider, my soul, with anxious delight with bitter pleasure and a heart partly oppressed that your highest good depends on Jesus’ sorrow, how for you from the thorns that pierce him
heavenly flowers blossom! You can gather so much sweet fruit
from his wormwood therefore look unceasingly towards him! Ponder well how his back bloodstained
all over is like the sky Ponder well how his back bloodstained
all over is like the sky Ponder well how his back bloodstained
all over is like the sky Ponder well how his back bloodstained
all over is like the sky where after the deluge
from our flood of sins has abated there appears the most beautiful rainbow as a sign of God’s mercy! where after the deluge
from our flood of sins has abated there appears the most beautiful rainbow as a sign of God’s mercy! Evangelist: And the soldiers wove
a crown of thorns and placed it on his head and put a purple robe on him and said: Chorus: Hail to you, king of the Jews! Evangelist: And they gave him blows with their hands. Then Pilate came out and said to them: Pilate: Look, I bring him out to you
so that you can know that I find no fault in him. Evangelist: And so Jesus came out
and wore a crown of thorns and a purple robe. And he said to them:
Pilate: Look, this is the man! Evangelist: When the chief priests
and the officers saw him, they cried out and said: Chorus: Crucify him, crucify him! Evangelist: Pilate said to them: Pilate: Take him and crucify him; for I find no fault in him! Evangelist: The Jews answered him: Chorus: We have a law and according to the law he should die
because he made himself the son of God. Evangelist: When Pilate heard what they said,
he was even more afraid and went back to the hall of judgment
and said to Jesus: Pilate: Where do you come from? Evangelist: But Jesus gave him no answer.
Then Pilate said to him: Pilate: You won’t speak to me? Do you not know that I have the power to crucify you and I have the power to set you free? Evangelist: Jesus replied: Jesus: You would have no power over me
if it were not given to you from above: therefore the one who handed me over to you has the greater guilt Evangelist: And from then on Pilate
endeavored to set him free. Through your imprisonment, Son of God,
must our freedom come. Your prison is the throne of grace,
the refuge of all believers. If you had not accepted slavery,
our slavery would have been eternal. Evangelist: But the Jews cried out and said: Chorus: If you release this man, then you are not Caesar’s friend;
for anyone who makes himself king is against Caesar. Evangelist: When Pilate heard what they said,
he led Jesus out and sat in the judgment seat at the place which is called
the Pavement, or in Hebrew: Gabbatha It was the day of preparation for the Passover,
about the sixth hour, and he said to the Jews: Pilate: Look, this is your king! Evangelist: But they cried out: Chorus: Away with him, away, crucify him! Evangelist: Pilate said to them:
Pilate: Shall I crucify your king? Evangelist: The chief priests answered: Chorus: We have no king but Caesar. Evangelist: Then he handed him over to be crucified They took Jesus and led him away.
And he carried his cross and went to the place which is called the place of the skull,
that is in Hebrew : Golgatha Hurry, you tormented souls leave your dens of torment Hurry (Where to?) to Golgotha! Take the wings of faith, and fly! Fly (Where to?) to the hill of the cross,
there your salvation flourishes! Hurry , you tormented souls leave your dens of torment, hurry! Hurry (Where to?) to Golgotha! to Golgotha! Evangelist: There they crucified him and with him
two others,one on either side with Jesus the middle. And Pilate wrote a title and placed it on the cross,
and there was written: “Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews”. Many Jews read this title for the place was near the city
where Jesus was crucified. And it was written in Hebrew,
Greek and Latin. Then the chief priests said to Pilate: Chorus: Do not write: the king of the Jews,
but that he said: I am the king of the Jews. Evangelist:Pilate replied: Pilate: What I have written, I have written. In the depths of my heart
your name and cross alone shine at every moment
making me able to rejoice. Let me see the image
to console me in my distress of how you, Lord Christ, so patiently
shed your blood in death! Evangelist: Then the soldiers,
when they had crucified Jesus, took his clothes and made four parts,
a part to each soldier, there was also his coat. His coat was seamless, woven from the top throughout.
They said to each other: Chorus: Let us not tear it,
but cast lots whose it should be. In this way the Scripture was fulfilled, where it is said: they have divided my clothing among them and they have cast lots for my coat,
this is what the soldiers did. There stood by Jesus’s cross his mother and his mother’s sister,
Mary, Cleophas’ wife, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother
and the disciple that he loved standing next to her, he said to his mother: Jesus: Woman, look, this is your son! Evangelist: Then he said to the disciple Jesus: Look, this is your mother! He thought carefully of everything
in his last hour He was concerned for his mother,
chose someone to look after her. O man, act justly,
love God and mankind, then you can die without sorrow
and need not grieve! Evangelist: And from that hour the disciple took her to himself. Then as Jesus knew that all had been accomplished so the scripture might be fulfilled, he said Jesus: I thirst! Evangelist: There was a jar of vinegar.
They filled a sponge with vinegar and put it on an hyssop
and held it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said Jesus: It is accomplished! It is accomplished. It is accomplished!
What comfort for all suffering souls! What comfort, what comfort! It is accomplished!
What comfort for all suffering souls! The night of sorrow The night of sorrow The night of sorrow now reaches its final hours. The hero from Judah triumphs in his might
and brings the strife to an end. It is accomplished! It is accomplished! And he bowed his head and passed away. My beloved Saviour, let me ask you My beloved Saviour, let me ask you
(Chorale: Jesus, you were dead) since you have now been nailed to the cross and you yourself have said: It is accomplished
(Chorale: and now live for ever) have I been set free from death? have I been set free from death?
(Chorale: in my final agony of death) Through your pain and death can I inherit the kingdom of heaven?
(Chorale: may I turn nowhere else) Is this the redemption of the whole world? Is this the redemption of the whole world?
(Chorale: but to you, who have redeemed me) (Chorale: O my dear Lord) You can indeed not speak for anguish but you bow your head You can indeed not speak for anguish but you bow your head
(Chorale: give me only what you have won) but you bow your head and say and silently say: yes!
(Chorale: for more I could not wish!) but you bow your head
and silently say : yes! And see, the curtain in the Temple
was torn in two from top to bottom and the earth shook
and the rocks split and the graves opened,
and many bodies of saints stood up. My heart, while the whole world
suffers as Jesus suffers, the sun is clothed in mourning, the veil is torn, the rocks split,
the earth quakes, graves gape open, because they behold the creator grow cold in death for your part, what will you do? Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears to honour the Almighty! Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears
to honour the Almighty! Tell the world and heaven your distress:
your Jesus is dead! your Jesus is dead! your Jesus is death! Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears
to honour the Almighty! Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears
to honour the Almighty! Evangelist: But the Jews,
because it was the day of preparation, so that the corpses
should not remain on the cross over the sabbath, (for the sabbath day was very solemn)
asked Pilate that their legs should be broken and taken away . Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man
and the other who were crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus,
they saw that he was already dead and they did not break his legs;
but one of the soldiers opened his side with a spear and at once blood and water came out. and the one who saw it has testified this,
and his testimony is true and he knows that he speaks the truth
so that you may believe. This happened so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “You shall break none of his bones”. And elsewhere another scripture says:
“They will look on him whom they have pierced”. Oh help us ,Christ, God’s Son,
through your bitter suffering so that always obedient to you
we may shun all wrongdoing and thinking of your death and its cause
we may profit from our reflections and in this way, however poor and inadequate it may be give you an offering of thanks. Than Joseph of Arimathia,
who was a disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate (but secretly from fear of the Jews)
to let him take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate allowed him to do so.
He came for this purpose
and took the body of Jesus away. There came also Nicodemus,
who had once come to Jesus by night and brought myrrh and aloes together,
about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus
and bound it in linen clothes with spices as is the Jews’ custom for the burial. There was a garden by the place where he was crucified and in the garden a new tomb,
in which no one had been laid. Here they laid Jesus
because of the Jews’ preparation day since the tomb was nearby. Rest in peace, you sacred limbs
I shall weep for you no more rest in peace, and bring me also to rest. The grave that is allotted to you and contains no further suffering,
opens heaven for me and shuts off hell. Ah Lord, let your dear angels
at my final hour carry my soul to Abraham’s bosom. While my body in its narrow chamber
gently without pain or torment rests until the last day. Wake me then from death,
so that my eyes see you in all joy, O God’s son,
my saviour and throne of mercy Lord Jesus Christ! Hear me,
I shall praise you eternally!

5 Replies to “Bach: St. John Passion BWV 245 (Rochester Bach Festival)”

  1. It's that time again to listen to this: Holy Week. This concert was the most moving and grace-filled experience. This piece will make you consider Christ and the depth of what he did for us, and who He is to you personally, in a way like never before. Watching David Chin pour himself into this is remarkable; it truly enhances the piece.He is a gifted conductor and musician.

  2. This had a lot of potential. Not a bad performance but some of the pronunciation was so poor. The soloists were often very uncomfortable to listen to.
    The choir was good as whole, and so was the orchestra.

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