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

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