Richard Egarr / Academy of Ancient Music / Academy of Ancient Music Chorus

Handel: Brockes-Passion

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Handel's Brockes Passion, HWV 48, so-called because it sets a distinctive German-language text by Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), is not often performed or recorded. The work has been thought to suffer both in comparison to Bach's Passion settings (a judgment Bach himself did not share -- he admired the work and may have included it in the pastiche St. Mark Passion, BWV 247) and to Handel's more Apollonian later choral works. The Brockes Passion might be called operatic: neither the Evangelist nor the chorus has much to do, and the action takes place among a fairly large set of principal singers. The cast, headed by Cody Quattlebaum as Jesus and Gwilym Bowen as Peter, rises to the occasion. However, "operatic" is an incomplete term. Brockes' libretto, drawing on all four gospels, comprises a group of punchy, sharp chunks that convey the Passion story in unusually physical, often even gory terms. Handel responds with music that, whether the work chimes with you or not, fits this text unusually well. There are few da capo arias; instead, there is a sequence of short, dramatic moments that bring out the physicality of Brockes' text. Sample Peter's outburst "Gift und Glut, Strahl und Flut." The work on the first two CDs includes no fewer than 105 tracks. The third CD includes alternate versions and the like, and extensive essays about the work are included. Egarr's large continuo group adds to the drama, but he doesn't overdo the gore; he lets it speak for itself. A convincing reading that makes a strong case for the Brockes Passion as a neglected masterwork.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Brockes Passion, HWV 48
1 03:54 Amazon
2 04:47 Amazon
3 00:31 Amazon
4 00:56 Amazon
5 02:17 Amazon
6 00:14 Amazon
7 00:59 Amazon
8 01:56 Amazon
9 01:10 Amazon
10 00:32 Amazon
11 00:34 Amazon
12 01:25 Amazon
13 00:56 Amazon
14 02:10 Amazon
15 00:59 Amazon
16 02:13 Amazon
17 01:37 Amazon
18 01:07 Amazon
19 05:31 Amazon
20 00:35 Amazon
21 01:56 Amazon
22 00:14 Amazon
23 00:57 Amazon
24 00:17 Amazon
25 00:27 Amazon
26 00:13 Amazon
27 01:28 Amazon
28 01:11 Amazon
29 00:38 Amazon
30 00:42 Amazon
31 04:21 Amazon
32 01:12 Amazon
33 02:50 Amazon
34 01:19 Amazon
35 00:43 Amazon
36 00:35 Amazon
37 00:38 Amazon
38 02:17 Amazon
39 00:26 Amazon
40 02:40 Amazon
41 00:58 Amazon
42 01:10 Amazon
43 00:09 Amazon
44 04:22 Amazon
45 01:17 Amazon
46 02:24 Amazon
47 00:33 Amazon
48 01:48 Amazon
49 00:58 Amazon
50 02:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Brockes Passion, HWV 48
1 00:19 Amazon
2 00:12 Amazon
3 00:26 Amazon
4 02:35 Amazon
5 00:32 Amazon
6 00:18 Amazon
7 00:06 Amazon
8 00:23 Amazon
9 00:14 Amazon
10 00:38 Amazon
11 00:51 Amazon
12 00:26 Amazon
13 01:14 Amazon
14 02:01 Amazon
15 02:38 Amazon
16 00:24 Amazon
17 01:58 Amazon
18 00:59 Amazon
19 04:33 Amazon
20 00:38 Amazon
21 02:03 Amazon
22 00:09 Amazon
23 00:49 Amazon
24 00:06 Amazon
25 01:59 Amazon
26 00:14 Amazon
27 00:59 Amazon
28 03:22 Amazon
29 00:32 Amazon
30 01:44 Amazon
31 01:10 Amazon
32 02:15 Amazon
33 00:37 Amazon
34 02:20 Amazon
35 00:22 Amazon
36 01:10 Amazon
37 01:21 Amazon
38 00:31 Amazon
39 00:30 Amazon
40 00:24 Amazon
41 00:17 Amazon
42 02:16 Amazon
43 01:11 Amazon
44 01:57 Amazon
45 00:31 Amazon
46 03:14 Amazon
47 03:11 Amazon
48 00:17 Amazon
49 03:26 Amazon
50 01:21 Amazon
51 02:01 Amazon
52 01:41 Amazon
53 00:49 Amazon
54 05:18 Amazon
55 00:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Brockes Passion, HWV 48
1 02:53 Amazon
2 01:36 Amazon
3 02:06 Amazon
4 00:33 Amazon
5 02:36 Amazon
6 00:29 Amazon
7 00:57 Amazon
8 02:16 Amazon
9 00:14 Amazon
10 00:59 Amazon
11 01:07 Amazon
12 00:29 Amazon
13 00:36 Amazon
14 01:26 Amazon
15 00:55 Amazon
16 02:09 Amazon
17 00:27 Amazon
18 01:51 Amazon
19 01:24 Amazon
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