Subversive Bach

"Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine" is the magisterial concluding chorus to Bach's Johannes-Passion. Simultaneously comforting and disquieting, part lullaby and part lament, invocation and injunction, it is the perfect encapsulation of Good Friday. As John Eliot Gardiner notes, the stately theme evokes the image of Christ's body being lowered reverentially, even ceremoniously, into the grave. … Continue reading Subversive Bach