Tuesday 16 April 2019 7:00PM

Solomon’s Knot: St John Passion

Bach and Handl


  • Solomon’s Knot vocal and instrumental ensemble

Solomon’s Knot makes its debut at Wigmore Hall with a rarely heard version of a familiar favourite. The Johannes-Passion of JS Bach exists in four different variants, not all of which are fully reconstructible, and that with which we are most familiar is a combination of these. For his second performance in 1725, just one year after the first, Bach made significant changes: the framing choral pillars of the work were replaced, and key arias, above all for the tenor, were changed. Fans of the Johannes-Passion unfamiliar with the 1725 version will have the pleasure of seeing (or hearing!) an old friend in a new light. Solomon’s Knot will also perform the motet that was sung after every Passion performance in Leipzig, ‘Ecce quomodo moritur justus’ by Jacob Handl.

With its small forces, no conductor, and memorised performances, Solomon’s Knot is giving its beloved 17th- and 18th-century repertoire a ‘serious kick up the baroque backside’ (365Bristol).

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
        • St John Passion BWV245 (2nd version, 1725)
  • Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
        • Ecce quomodo moritur justus

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