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Bach: Magnificat

Audio Samples

  1. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Unser Mund set voll Lachens $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Ihr Gedanken und ihr Sinnen $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Unser Mund set voll Lachens : Alleluja! Geblot sei Gott $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Magnificat anima mea Dominum $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Et exsultavit spiritus meus $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Hoe schoon lichter de morghen ster $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Quia respexit humilitatem $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Omnes generationes $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Quia fecit mihi magna $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Currite, pastores $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Et misericordia $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Fecit potentiam $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : O Jesulein, mein Jesulein $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Desposuit potentes $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Esurientes implevit bonis $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Suscepit Israel $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Sicut locotus est $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bach — Magnificat in D Major : Gloria Patri $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

All the music on this new SACD from the Netherlands Bach Society is associated with the festival of Christmas. Bach wrote the cantata Unser Mund sei voll Lachens for morning service on Christmas Day 1725, and the fi rst version of the Magnifi cat for Christmas Day 1723, seven months after the Leipzig town council appointed him cantor of the Thomaskirche. It would hardly be exaggerating to say that Bach thus presented his visiting card to his new employer. According to the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, the work is his, “first really large-scale and complex piece of church music.” Christmas was not the only occasion to sing the Magnificat text, however, for it was also a standard part of the vespers liturgy. This may explain why Bach made a second version, heard here, some years later. For this recording, in keeping with the tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Jos van Veldhoven has interspersed Bach’s Magnificat with other Christmas-themed music from the period.

"...heartily recommended if you're partial to period performance."-American Record Guide

"[Mields and Zomer] both carry their verses with seasoned poise...the sepia-like "Et misericordia" finds a rare tenderness, and "Deposuit" from Charles Daniels is brilliantly executed...There's much to admire in the fruity and vibrant choral and instrumental ensemble of the Netherlands Bach Society." -Gramophone Magazine>
"The inserted carols generate a genuinely yuletide flavour, contrasting well with Bach's familiar music...a beautifully articulated, elegant interpretation, supported by a period orchestra playing with a festive sense of purpose.. There are also some lovely soloist moments, for instance Dorothee Mields' pure-toned Quia respexit humilitatem." -Classic FM Magazine ***



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