J S Bach "St John Passion"
7:30 pm, Saturday, 16th March 2024
Eton College School Hall
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is certainly his greatest dramatic masterpiece. Especially magnificent are the opening and closing choruses – the first immediately establishes a scene of power and drama and the final chorus is one of the composer’s most glorious pieces, richly scored and beautifully melodious. Between these two great choruses there is a continuously strong dramatic sequence, only changed in mood by some famous chorales and a section of some of Bach’s finest arias – especially the intensely memorable Alto aria “It is fulfilled”. Every performance of Bach’s St John Passion provides a unique musical experience and is sure to be a special occasion at Eton on March 16th.