HERREWEGHE, Philippe (c)Wouter Maeckelberghe

Collegium Vocale Gent & Herreweghe

—‘Johannes Passion’


This concert is included in the program of the Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival 2023


Reinoud Van Mechelen, Evangelista
Kresimir Stražanac,
Philipp Kaven,
Dorothee Mields,
Alex Potter,
Guy Cutting,
Peter Kooij,
Giacomo Serra,
Magdalena Podkościelna,
Peter di-Toro,
Collegium Vocale Gent 
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor


J. S. Bach:Johannes Passion, BWV 245


After performing the St. Matthew Passion in the 2021-22 season, the Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe complete a glorious Bach diptych with a performance of the St. John Passion that will certainly live up to the high standards set by his last concert at the Palau: a resounding success for the ages. Herreweghe, a great Bachian advocate, will perform a well-structured, transparent and transformative version. 

Bach’s St. John Passion represents the first Passion of the five written by the Baroque master and possibly the first great work in a fresh period that began with his appointment as the Thomaskantor in Leipzig.  

The St. John Passion is a testament to faith, a pivotal work in the history of music in which the idea of love predominates over storytelling. Shorter, more concentrated, more intimate and with a more structured narrative than the St. Matthew Passion, this is a liturgical work of great dramatic force, with an impressive and extraordinary musical richness, accompanied by rather abstract and philosophical texts in which the idea of love predominates over the narrative, placing an emphasis on the more human side of Jesus Christ.  

Information and tickets

Dates and tickets

  • 31 March 2023
    20:00 h
    Concert Hall

Production information

Prices:from 20 to 85 €
Organized by:Fund.Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música

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