The Gospel of John relates the story of Christ’s last days as a clash
of political forces, where conflicting power structures conspire to
crush a visionary reformer. Bach's dramatic, vivid, and deeply
emotional setting of this Passion narrative does not shrink from this
troubling human parable; yet the chorales and arias continually expand
the focus of the Gospel text to all of humankind: our shared
culpability, vulnerability, and ultimate potential for redemption
through faith and love.
Emmanuel Music continues its tradition of exploring Bach’s most
challenging and controversial works. This highly charged rendering of
the Gospel of John is presented on the heels of conversations and
lectures that engage with its troubling text—revealing this
masterpiece of searing real-time drama and deeply felt emotion as
absolutely essential listening.