Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Smithsonian Institution) Johann Sebastian Bach – St. John Passion (Smithsonian Chamber Players)

Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Booksaregood
This recording is amazing, beautiful, audiophile in every way. It was used by several studios and magazines to test HiFi components.
Among them this here: AUDIOREVIEWS

Ideally Bach’s wonderful St.John Passion should be heard in the original German in order to fully appreciate the ideal marriage of text and music which makes Bach such a paragon of excellence amongst composers. There are some excellent versions available and if I could gently push you in the direction of this wonderful and clean recorded little known Chamber Ensemble of the Smithsonian Society, then I would be satisfied that I’ve accomplished my good deed for the day.
Recorded 22-28 March 1989 at the Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Orchestra: The Smithsonian Chamber Chorus and Players
# Conductor: Kenneth Slowik
# Vinyl (1989)
# Number of Discs: 2/6
# Format: Flac
# Label: Smithsonian Collection Of Recordings
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 4.15 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Analyzed folder: /192k JSB – St. John Passion – Smithsonian Collection Box (6LPs)
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.33 dB     -19.00 dB     A1 Part One – No.1 Chorus- ‘Herr, unser Herrscher’.wav
DR14        -5.53 dB     -25.13 dB     A2 Part One – No. 2 Evangelista,Jesus,Chorus- ‘Jesus ging mit seinen Juengern’ – ‘Jesus von Nazareth’ – ‘Jesus spricht zu ihnen’ – ‘Jesum von Nazareth’ – ‘Jesus antwortete’.wav
DR11        -5.62 dB     -21.42 dB     A3 Part One – No.3 Choral- ‘O grosse Lieb, o Lieb ohn’ alle Masse’.wav
DR13        -9.12 dB     -28.26 dB     A4 Part One – No.4 Evangelist, Jesus- ‘Auf dass das Wort erfuellet wuerde’.wav
DR11        -6.63 dB     -20.74 dB     A5 Part One – No.5 Choral- ‘Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott zugleich’.wav
DR12        -9.65 dB     -27.24 dB     A6 Part One – No. 6 Evangelist- ‘Die Schar aber’.wav
DR13        -8.68 dB     -25.31 dB     A7 Part One – No.7 Aria (Alt)- ‘Von den Stricken meiner Suenden’.wav
DR8        -10.87 dB     -28.34 dB     A8 Part One – No.8 Evangelist- ‘Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach’.wav
DR14        -6.35 dB     -24.98 dB     A9 Part One – No.9 Aria(Sopran)- ‘Ich folge dir gleichfalls’.wav
DR14        -7.27 dB     -25.24 dB     B1 Part One – No.10 Evangelist, Ancilla, Petrus, Jesus, Servus- ‘Derselbige Juenger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt’.wav
DR11        -3.32 dB     -20.44 dB     B2 Part One – No.11 Choral- ‘Wer hat dich so geschlagen’.wav
DR14        -5.55 dB     -25.00 dB     B3 Part One – No.12 Evangelist, Chorus, Evangelist, Petrus, Servus- ‘Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden’.wav
DR12        -4.75 dB     -19.99 dB     B4 Part One – No.13 Aria (Tenor)- ‘Ach mein Sinn’.wav
DR12        -2.97 dB     -19.58 dB     B5 Part One – No.14 Choral- ‘Petrus, der nicht denkt zurueck’.wav
DR12        -1.50 dB     -18.07 dB     B6 Part Two – No.15 Choral- ‘Christus, der uns selig macht’.wav
DR12        -0.84 dB     -18.81 dB     B7 Part Two – No.16 Evangelist, Pilatus, Chorus- ‘Da fuehreten sie Jesum’.wav
DR12        -4.21 dB     -21.35 dB     B8 Part Two – No.17 Choral- ‘Ach großer Koenig, gross zu allen Zeiten’.wav
DR14        -1.72 dB     -21.29 dB     B9 Part Two – No.18 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus, Chorus, Evangelist- ‘Da sprach Pilatus zu ihnen’.wav
DR13        -12.95 dB     -28.78 dB     B10 Part Two – No.19 Arioso (Bass)- ‘Betrachte, meine Seele’.wav
DR14        -7.01 dB     -25.03 dB     B11 Part Two – No.20 Aria (Tenor)- ‘Erwaege, wie sein blutgefaerbter Ruecken’.wav
DR13        -1.33 dB     -19.33 dB     C1 Part Two – No.21 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus, Chorus- ‘Und die Kriegsknechte flochten’.wav
DR11        -4.46 dB     -21.43 dB     C2 Part Two – No.22 Choral- ‘Durch dein Gefaengnis, Gottes Sohn’.wav
DR13        -2.14 dB     -19.29 dB     C3 Part Two – No.23 Evangelist, Pilatus, Chorus- ‘Die Juden aber schrien und sprachen’.wav
DR14        -3.65 dB     -21.09 dB     C4 Part Two – No.24 Aria (Bass) – Chor- ‘Eilt ihr angefochtnen Seelen’.wav
DR12        -4.55 dB     -22.47 dB     C5 Part Two – No.25 Evangelist, Chorus, Pilatus- ‘Allda kreuzigten sie ihn’.wav
DR12        -3.64 dB     -19.59 dB     C6 Part Two – No.26 Choral- ‘In meines Herzens Grunde’.wav
DR15        -4.96 dB     -25.64 dB     C7 Part Two – No.27 Evangelist, Chorus, Evangelist- ‘Die Kriegsknechte aber’.wav
DR12        -5.47 dB     -21.80 dB     C8 Part Two – No.28 Choral- ‘Er nahm alles wohl in acht’.wav
DR13        -14.60 dB     -31.87 dB     C9 Part Two – No.29 Evangelist, Jesus- ‘Und von Stund an’.wav
DR14        -10.47 dB     -30.91 dB     C10 Part Two – No.30 Aria (Alt)- ‘Es ist vollbracht’.wav
DR7        -22.54 dB     -36.72 dB     C11 Part Two – No.31 Evangelist- ‘Und neigte das Haupt und verschied’.wav
DR13        -8.28 dB     -25.13 dB     D1 Part Two – No.32 Aria (Bass) – Chorus- ‘Mein teurer Heiland’.wav
DR12        -2.76 dB     -19.41 dB     D2 Part Two – No.33 Evangelist- ‘Und siehe da’.wav
DR13        -2.68 dB     -20.41 dB     D3 Part Two – No.34 Arioso (Tenor)- ‘Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt’.wav
DR13        -5.66 dB     -23.54 dB     D4 Part Two – No.35 Aria (soprano)- ‘Zerfliesse, mein Herz.wav
DR15        -8.46 dB     -26.85 dB     D5 Part Two – No.36 Evangelist- ‘Die Juden aber’.wav
DR12        -1.79 dB     -18.93 dB     D6 Part Two – No.37 Choral- ‘O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn’.wav
DR15        -8.79 dB     -27.61 dB     D7 Part Two – No.38 Evangelist- ‘Darnach bat Pilatum’.wav
DR14        -2.50 dB     -19.92 dB     D8 Part Two – No.39 Chorus- ‘Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine’.wav
DR12        -0.92 dB     -18.26 dB     D9 Part Two – No.40 Choral- ‘Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein’.wav
Number of files:    40
Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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26 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Smithsonian Institution) Johann Sebastian Bach – St. John Passion (Smithsonian Chamber Players)”

  1. Thanks for this. I lived, and performed, in D C for some time and think I probably know some of the players, even though I never knew of this recording until now. I’d especially like to know what violinist plays on the sonatas and partitas and who the vocal soloists are in the St John. The Smithsonian is was/is responsible for some wonderful music! Thanks for letting the rest of the world know.


    1. Spranos:
      Julianne Baird
      Jane Bryden
      Carol Loverde

      Tony Boutté
      Patrick Romano
      Jeffrey Thomas

      Jennifer Lane
      Steven Rickards
      Christopher Trueblood

      David Ripley
      Paul Rowe
      James F. Weaver

      Violin I:
      Linda Quan
      Jorie Garrige
      Jörg-Michael Schwarz
      Judson Griffin

      Violin II:
      Spehen Marvin
      Melissa Graybeal
      Evan Johnson

      Jane Starkman
      Jennie Hansen

      Viola d’Amore:
      Jane Starkman
      Jennie Hansen

      Kenneth Slowik
      Loretta O’Sullivan

      Viola da gamba:
      Kenneth Slowik

      Nicholas Pap

      Christopher Krüger
      Anne Briggs

      James Caldwell
      Mark Schachman

      Oboe d’Amore:
      James Caldwell
      Mark Schachman

      Oboe da caccia:
      Stephen Hammer

      Dennis Goldburn

      Michael Dollendorf

      Howard Bass

      Webb Wiggins
      James Weaver

      1. Thanks so much for this! I do know several of them. But I am having trouble downloading the album…getting a lot of error messages…I’ll try a clean download tomorrow.

  2. Ich bin in Warschau (Urlaub) und einfach ich kann sage…….Viele Dank. Ist egal ob ich bin der ganzen Welt, Sie immer eine Geschenk für mich haben.
    Übringens, ich verstehe nicht warum die leute möchte Übersetzungen von Originalarbeit machen.
    Ich erinnere mich in der ENO (London) Tosca in english hören………..hart und komisch.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Warschau

  3. very very strange strange.
    not matching to my ideal interpretation (it doesn’t exist in recording at all).
    anyway thanks, dear Alfredo.
    necessary experience.
    just another argument to the merits of typografical rendition as the best one from all existing.

    Brahms war richtig …

  4. Some file titles total more than 120 characters and cannot be unzipped. Any suggestion or comment on this ?

    Many thanks for offering these gems, especially this one, totally unknown to me.

    More donation coming.

    1. To unzip, try this:
      Go to the start button,
      Left click,
      Go to ‘Computer’
      Left click,
      Go to ‘C’ Drive
      View as list
      Make a new folder
      Name the new folder using only this glyph: _
      Cut the zip files to the ‘_’ folder.

      Since this is the shortest possible folder path, the file names should pose no issue. Rename the files once done, shortening them as needed, then cut to the desired destination. The ‘_’ folder may then be deleted if you wish.

    1. Caro amico, “The server hosting this file is temporarily unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again shortly.” is not the same as “unavailable” 😉
      Be patient a few days…everything will return normal.

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