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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

C. P. E. Bach: St John Passion (1784)

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“One of the most fascinating feelings for a conductor or a musician of our time is to rediscover great music which was considered lost or has simply been forgotten. I was very lucky to hold in my hands the manuscript of CPE Bach’s Passion according to St. John in the National State Archive of the Ukraine in Kiev. This piece was probably last performed in Hamburg during Easter 1784. CPE Bach was one of the most important composers in the history of German music and I feel highly privileged to be part of the rediscovery of his vocal legacy, especially during his 300th anniversary year.” Kirill Karabits
Carl Philipp Emanuel – one of JS Bach’s 20 children – was one of the foremost composers of the 18th century, though now he is almost completely overshadowed by the reputation of his father. His 1784 St John Passion, long thought lost, was re-discovered only a few years ago. It was transcribed by Kirill Karabits as part of his studies and is now being performed in the UK for the first time.
Kirill performs his own new edition of this missing work in a unique cooperation between Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers, giving audiences an unmissable opportunity to experience a piece probably not heard since its first performance in 1784.


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
Kirill Karabits (conductor)
Robin Tritschler (tenor)


Instrumental music