St Mark Passion : Work information

Johann Sebastian Bach ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Cambridge Baroque Camerata, Geoffrey Webber (Conductor)

This work

Work name
St Mark Passion
Work number
BWV 247
1731-01-01 02:01:00

This recording

Michael Ponder
Andrew Lang
Recording date
1998-06-26 00:00:00

The Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach

One of the greatest composers in history, Johann Sebastian Bach (father of C.P.E, J. C. and W. F. Bach) was by far the most significant member of the Bach dynasty of musicians.

He outshone his forebears and contemporaries, but did not always receive the respect he deserved in his own lifetime. After a brief engagement as a violinist in the court of Weimar, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt. In June 1707 he moved to St. Blasius, Mühlhausen, and married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach. In 1708 he was appointed court organist in Weimar where he composed most of his works for organ. In 1717, he was appointed Court Kapellmeister to the young Prince Leopold at Cöthen, but was refused permission to leave Weimar. The Duke only allowed Bach to go after holding him prisoner for nearly a month.

While at Weimar, Bach wrote his violin concertos and the six Brandenburg Concertos, as well as several suites, sonatas and keyboard works, including several, such as the Inventions and Book I of the 48 Preludes and Fugues (The Well-tempered Clavier). In 1720 Maria Barbara died, and the next year Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcke. Bach resigned the post in Weimar in 1723 to become cantor at St. Thomas’ School in Leipzig where he was responsible for music in the four main churches of the city. Here he wrote the Magnificat and the St. John and St. Matthew Passions, as well as a large quantity of other church music. In Leipzig he eventually took charge of the University “Collegium Musicum” and occupied himself with the collection and publication of many of his earlier compositions.

Over the years that followed, Bach’s interest in composing church music declined somewhat, and he took to writing more keyboard music and cantatas. As his eyesight began to fail, he underwent operations to try and correct the problem, and these may have weakened him in his old age. He died at age 65, having fathered a total of 20 children with his two wives. Despite widespread neglect for almost a century after his death, Bach is now regarded as one of the greatest of all composers and is still an inexhaustible source of inspiration for musicians. Bach’s compositions are catalogued by means of the prefix BWV (Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis) and a numbering system which is generally accepted for convenience of reference.

Related Composers: Pachelbel, Telemann, Handel, Couperin

Also influenced: Mendelssohn, Brahms, Stravinsky, Hindemith 

Track listing

  • Chorus: 'Geh, Jesu, geh zu deiner Pein' 5:27 min
  • Recit: 'Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten' 1:12 min
  • Chorale: 'Wach auf, O Mensch' 0:57 min
  • Recit: 'Petrus aber saget zu ihm' 1:08 min
  • Chorale: 'Ich, ich und meine Sünden' 0:58 min
  • Recit: 'Und sie kamen zu dem Hofe' 1:28 min
  • Chorale: 'Betrübtes Herz sei wohlgemut' 1:04 min
  • Recit: 'Und ging ein wenig fürbaß' 0:59 min
  • Chorale: 'Mach's mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt' 1:00 min
  • Recit: 'Und kam und fand sie schlafend' 2:21 min
  • Aria: 'Er kommt' 3:40 min
  • Recit: 'Und alsbad, da er noch redet' 1:10 min
  • Aria: 'Falsche Welt' 8:38 min
  • Recit: 'Die aber legten ihre Hände an ihn' 1:16 min
  • Chorale: 'Jesu ohne Missetat' 1:11 min
  • Recit: 'Und die Jünge verließen ihn alle' 0:34 min
  • Chorale: 'Ich will hier bei dir stehen' 1:10 min
  • Aria: 'Mein Tröster' 3:59 min
  • Recit: 'Und sie führeten Jesum' 1:04 min
  • Chorus: 'Wir haben gehöret' 0:22 min
  • Recit: 'Aber ihr Zeugnis' 0:10 min
  • Chorale: 'Was Menschenkraft und Witz anfäht' 0:56 min
  • Recit: 'Und der Hohepriester' 0:36 min
  • Chorale: 'Befiehl du deine Wege' 1:10 min
  • Recit: 'Da fraget ihn der Hohepriester' 1:28 min
  • Chorus: 'Weissage uns!' 0:09 min
  • Recit: 'Und die Knechte schlugen' 0:08 min
  • Chorale: 'Du edles Angesichte' 1:04 min
  • Recit: 'Und Petrus war da nieder' 1:32 min
  • Chorus: 'Wahrlich, du bist der einer' 0:28 min
  • Recit: 'Er aber fing and sich zu verfluchen' 1:10 min
  • Chorale: 'Herr, ich habe mißgehandelt' 0:58 min
  • Recit: 'Und bald am Morgen' 2:42 min
  • Chorale: 'Mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht' 0:46 min
  • Recit: 'Aber die Hohenpriester' 0:34 min
  • Chorus & Recit: 'Kreuzige ihn!' 0:27 min
  • Aria: 'Angenehmes Mord-Geschrei!' 5:26 min
  • Recit: 'Pilatus aber gedachte' 0:58 min
  • Chorus: 'Gegrüßet seist du' 0:44 min
  • Recit: 'Und schlugen ihm das Haupt' 0:21 min
  • Chorale: 'Man hat dich sehr hart verhöhnet' 1:21 min
  • Recit: 'Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten' 1:48 min
  • Chorale: 'Das Wort sie sollen lassen' 1:09 min
  • Recit: 'Und es war um die dritte Stunde' 1:20 min
  • Chorus: 'Pfui dich, wie fein zerbrichst du den Tempel' 0:42 min
  • Recit: 'Desselbengleichen die Hohenpriester' 0:16 min
  • Chorus: 'Er hat andern geholfen' 1:08 min
  • Recit: 'Und die mit ihm gekreuziget waren' 0:18 min
  • Chorale: 'Sie stellen uns wie Ketzern nach' 2:30 min
  • Recit: 'Und nach der sechsten Stunde' 0:34 min
  • Arioso: 'Eli, Eli' 0:53 min
  • Recit: 'Das ist verdolmetsch't' 0:37 min
  • Chorale: 'Keinen hat Gott verlassen' 1:08 min
  • Recit: 'Und etliche, die dabei stunden' 0:12 min
  • Chorus: 'Siehe, er rufet dem Elias' 0:26 min
  • Recit: 'Da lief einer' 0:49 min
  • Aria: 'Welt und Himmel' 4:37 min
  • Recit: 'Und der Vorhang im Tempel' 2:50 min
  • Chorale: 'O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid' 2:08 min
  • Recit: 'Und er kaufte ein Leinwand' 0:58 min
  • Aria: 'Mein Heiland' 7:19 min
  • Chorus: 'Bei deinem Grab und Leichenstein' 6:22 min