Bach – Magnificat in D

The Netherlands Bach Society

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

“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

Tracklist

1.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Unser Mund sei voll Lachens
06:32
2.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Ihr Gedanken und ihr Sinnen
04:00
3.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich
00:33
4.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind
04:59
5.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
03:23
6.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder
03:59
7.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Alleluja! Gelobt sei Gott
00:47
8.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Magnificat anima mea Dominum
02:57
9.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Et exsultavit spiritus meus
02:15
10.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Hoe schoon lichtet de morghen ster (1)
01:48
11.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Quia respexit humilitatem
02:55
12.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Omnes generationes
01:16
13.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Quia fecit mihi magna
01:59
14.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Currite, pastores (2)
04:16
15.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Et misericordia
03:36
16.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Fecit potentiam
01:05
17.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - O Jesulein, mein Jesulein (3)
02:37
18.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Deposuit potentes
02:00
19.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Esurientes implevit bonis
02:48
20.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (4)
03:28
21.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Suscepit Israel
02:13
22.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Sicut locotus est
01:36
23.
Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Gloria Patri
02:17

Total time: 01:03:19

Additional information

Label

SKU

32010

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Composers

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Cables

van den Hul T3 series

Digital Converters

Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom design

Awards

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jos van Veldhoven, Paul Janse

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Tilburg Holland 2010

Recording Software

Pyramix bij Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Speakers

Audiolab, Holland

Release Date February 24, 2014

Press reviews

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.

Gereformeerd Dagblad

(…) Een en al blijdschap in de stralende opening met het Magnificat anima mea Dominum (…) Een hele bijzondere cd.

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

(…) het is plezierig om de Bach Vereniging met Bachs cantate-oeuvre bezig te horen (…) Mooie stem van de countertenor Willian Tower.

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.

Fanfare

(…) The performances are absolutely first-rate…It’s all there: the majesty, the mystery, the joy.(…)

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