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FASCH: Passio Jesu Christi / Suite in D minor

Composer(s):Fasch, Johann Friedrich
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570326
Label Naxos
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Bach's predecessor at the Leipzig Thomasschule, and a prolific composer with a contemporary reputation throughout Germany, Johann Friedrich Fasch composed works for the Lutheran church service as well as secular instrumental works, including overtures (suites), symphonies, partitas and a large amount of varied chamber music. His Passio Jesu Christi is a setting of the so-called Brockes Passion, known for its overt sentimentality and theatricality, which was also set by Handel and by Telemann, among others.

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Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,April 2009

J.S. Bach’s predecessor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule was Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688–1758), who supplies this rich setting of the melodramatic Brockes Passion. Complementing it on the disc is an engaging orchestral suite. An all-Hungarian cast of singers and period musicians does an excellent job.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Johann Fasch was Bach’s predecessor at the Leipzig Thomasschule and a considerable composer in his own right. In past editions we have praised recordings of his Trumpet Concerto (by both André and by Marsalis) and a rewarding collection of his miscellaneous concertos from La Stravaganza, Cöln (CPO 777 015-2), but his Passio Jesu Christi is a real discovery—a truly remarkable work, in many ways anticipating Bach. The text is a substantially shortened version of the Gospel story as told by the poet Barthold Brockes, frowned on by the Church authorities for being too theatrical and sentimental. However, in Fasch’s setting it is neither, but is musically very rewarding, particularly when as beautifully sung and played as it is here. The


Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2008

At the risk of being branded a musical heretic, the more I hear of Johann Friedrich Fasch, the more I prefer him to Johann Sebastian Bach, the two composers almost exactly contemporary to each other. Though his early years were difficult following his father’s death at the age of 12, he showed such promise as a composer after his studies with Kuhnau, he was encouraged to travel to experience at first hand the music throughout Germany. Positions as a provincial Kappelmeister was followed by major offers including the position at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, but preferred the financial situation in Zerbst where he had a freedom of opportunities to compose and many fine musicians to work with. He arrived there in 1721, after a brief period in Prague, and was to spend the



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