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J.S. Bach: Magnificat BWV 243a; Christmas Cantata BWV 63 / Collegium Vocale Gent; Herreweghe

Audio Samples

  1. Bach — "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: I. Choral "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: III. Aria "Gott, du hast es wohl gefüget" (soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: IV. Recitativo "So kehret sich nun heut" (ténor) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: V. Aria "Ruft und fleht den Himmel an" (ténor) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: VI. Recitativo "Verdoppelt euch demnach" (basse) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: VII. Choral "Höchster, schau in Gnaden an" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: I. Magnificat anima mea $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: II. Et exultavit spiritus meus $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: III. Vom Himmel hoch $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: IV. Quia respexit humilitatem $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: V. Omnes generationes $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: VI. Quia fecit mihi magna $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: VII. Freut euch und jubiliert $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: VIII. Et misericordia $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: IX. Fecit potentiam $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: X. Gloria in excelsis Deo $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: XI. Deposuit potentes $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: XII. Esurientes implevit bonis $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: XIII. Virga Jesse floruit $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: XIV. Suscepit Israel $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: XV. Sicut locutus est $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach — Magnificat, BWV 243a: XVI. Gloria Patri $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 63, "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag," BWV 63
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in E flat major, BWV 243a (BC E14)
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Notes & Reviews:

This budget-priced reissue featuring Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent recreates the festival of Christmas as it was celebrated in Leipzig under the direction of Johann Sebastian Bach. A highlight of the recording is the original version of the celebrated Magnificat, which includes four extra movements. This title was released for the first time in 2003.

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
The soloists excel; the music-making is robust yet yielding - Happy Christmas indeed!

MusicWeb International, May 2015
BWV 63 is surely the most celebratory of Bach's Christmas cantatas, and I love the way Herreweghe embraces this, revelling in the ebullience and producing something that pulses with life. Much of the comes from the performances of the choir, so rounded, mellow and homogenous that it sounds as though this music was made for them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Arsenal de Metz, France (12/2002).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 63, "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag," BWV 63
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 26 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1714-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in E flat major, BWV 243a (BC E14)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Running Time: 31 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12/1723