In the autumn of 1721, when Georg Philipp Telemann became cantor at the Hamburg Johanneum and music director of the city’s five principal churches, he faced the challenge of composing and performing a new Passion setting every year.
The ninety-minute St. John Passion of 1745 was written in a winningly clear and transparent style, with two large choral numbers, six chorales (probably joined by the congregation) and several turbae that pose interesting yet manageable demands on the chorus. The plain and unassuming recitatives and the eleven sharply defined yet contemplative arias give soloists broad leeway for artistic interpretation. This volume follows the Urtext of vol. 29 of the Telemann Edition, thereby offering a reliable text at the pinnacle of modern scholarship.
- Contemplative setting of the Passion
- Urtext from the Telemann Edition
- Straightforward piano part