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Pilate washing his hands by Bernhard Strigel, circa 1500. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, USA.

Another St. John Passion to watch today! Available until April 13, 2020: Collegium Vocale Gent’s / Herreweghe’s dress rehearsal of the St. John Passion from Bruges, March 13.

After this rehearsal, their entire St. John tour as well as St. Matthew tour was canceled. For Baroque musicians in Europe, this time of year, with the Bach passions, is when they earn most of their money. The link to the video also includes info on how to donate to Collegium Vocale Gent, who will make sure the money is divided equally over the musicians who are otherwise not getting paid for this long period.

This starts with French text on the website, but rest is in English. https://www.collegiumvocale.com/en/

Julian Prégardien, tenor-evangelist
Krezimir Strazanac, bass-Christ
Dorothee Mields, soprano
Alex Potter, countertenor
Reinoud Van Mechelen, tenor
Peter Kooij, bass

Romina Lischka, viola da gamba

Find the German texts with English translations here, and the score, in two parts: part 1 here, and part 2 here.

Again, I urge you to support all musicians suffering enormous loss of income during this difficult time. Donate at least the money you would otherwise have spent on tickets to their performances, but if you can, give more. Take care of each other, please take social distancing seriously, keep going for walks if allowed, check in on your elderly neighbors, and wash. your. hands.

Wieneke Gorter, March 15, 2020, updated March 21, 2020.