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Bach - Magnificat in D

The Netherlands Bach Society

Bach

SKU: 32010

Year of release: 2010

Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) 24:27
1. Unser Mund sei voll Lachens Bach 06:32
2. Ihr Gedanken und ihr Sinnen Bach 04:01
3. Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich Bach 00:32
4. Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind Bach 04:59
5. Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe Bach 03:23
6. Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder Bach 04:00
7. Alleluja! Gelobt sei Gott Bach 00:58
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) 39:57
8. Magnificat anima mea Dominum Bach 02:57
9. Et exsultavit spiritus meus Bach 02:15
10. Hoe schoon lichtet de morghen ster (1) Bach 01:48
11. Quia respexit humilitatem Bach 02:55
12. Omnes generationes Bach 01:15
13. Quia fecit mihi magna Bach 01:59
14. Currite, pastores (2) Bach 04:16
15. Et misericordia Bach 03:36
16. Fecit potentiam Bach 01:50
17. O Jesulein, mein Jesulein (3) Bach 02:36
18. Deposuit potentes Bach 02:00
19. Esurientes implevit bonis Bach 02:49
20. Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (4) Bach 03:28
21. Suscepit Israel Bach 02:12
22. Sicut locotus est Bach 01:36
23. Gloria Patri Bach 02:16

About this album

“All the music on this CD is associated with the festival of Christmas. Bach wrote the cantata Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (BWV 110) for morning service on Christmas Day 1725, and the first version of the Magnificat in E flat major (BWV 243a) for Vespers on 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 some years later (in D major, BWV 243). For a Christmas CD in the year 2010 it is obviously attractive to add new movements to Bach’s Magnificat, entirely in keeping with the tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His own choice, in the E flat major version, remains unsurpassed. By adding extra Christmas music to the second version in D major, however, a new and unexpected form arises which lends the performance a certain topicality. What is more, it gives us the opportunity to present Bach with several Netherlands composers of the seventeenth century.” Jos van Veldhoven

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Reviews

Classics Today

(…) This is terrific Bach singing and playing, and even if you already own one or two or three Magnificats, you won't be sorry to add this one--so vibrant and fresh-sounding, and possessed of the hopeful, optimistic spirit of the texts and music. And the sound, well, Channel Classics has a lock on whatever combination of technical know-how and magic is involved in making consistently demonstration-quality recordings. Don't hesitate to include this in your holiday-season acquisitions. Highly recommended.

Luister

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Opus Haute Définition

(...) The Dutch group that Jos van Veldhoven directs delivers a musical message of pristine beauty. And in the two works the solo parts transport us as fully as does the direction, with Dorothee Mields (soprano), Johannete Zomer (soprano), William towers (alto), Charles Daniels (tenor), Stephan MacLoed (bass). This is a great accomplishment, in an exemplary sound recording that respects tones and acoustics.

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Opusklassiek

(…) de vocale en instrumentale articulatie is op alle fronten op topniveau en trekt het authentieke ensemble slechts zelden een wissel op de technische afwerking (…) (…) het bijna etherische 'Esurientes implevit bonus' van de altus William Towes is dan weer ware balsem voor de ziel. De bijdragen van de solisten en het koor in de cantate en het Magnificat zijn verder ronduit exemplair. Men proeve voorts alleen maar de sopraan Dorothee Mields in het 'Quia respexit humilitatem' van het Magnificat en de bas Stephan MacLeod in 'Wachet auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder' in de cantate, met de sublieme trompetbegeleiding van Robert Vanryne. De opname (december 2009, concertzaal in Tilburg) is al evenmin gering: brandschoon, transparant maar kernachtig, met een mooie bas als toegift.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationTilburg Holland 2010
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJos van Veldhoven, Paul Janse
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series