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Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 / Cantata BWV 80 Import, Original recording reissued

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Coro Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum
  2. Aria: Et Exultavit Spiritus
  3. Aria: Quia Respexit Humilitatem
  4. COro: Omnes Generationes
  5. Aris: Quia Fecit Mihi Magna
  6. Duetto: Et Misercordia Eius
  7. Coro: Fecit Potentiam
  8. Aria: Deosuit Potentes
  9. Aria: Esurientes
  10. Terzetto: Suscepit Israel
  11. Coro: Sicut Loctus Est
  12. Coro: Gloria
  13. Chorale: Ein Fest Burg Ist Unser Gott
  14. Aris: Alles, Was Von Gott Geboren
  15. Recitativo: Erwage Doch
  16. Aria: Komm In Mein Herzenshaus
  17. Chorale: Und enn Die Welt Voll Teufel War
  18. Recitativo: So Stehe Dann
  19. Duetto: Wie Selig Sind Doch Die
  20. Chorale: Das Wort Sie Sollen Lassen Stahm


Product Details

  • Performer: Chapelle Royale, Collegium
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Philippe Herreweghe
  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B00009EIOX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Philip L. Wilson on October 26, 2003
Phillipe Herreweghe captures the Bach aesthetic so completely and beautifully that I am left in absolute awe. His use of original instruments and fantasic soloists creates a perfectly rich texture I have not heard in any other recording.
Other recordings have loud, abnoxious instrumentations, and the soloists employ so much vibrato that any melody is lost in the clamour.
Phillipe Herreweghe brings a marvelous intimacy to the atmosphere, and the authenticity of his interpretation is unmatched. I highly recommend this fine recording of one of Bach's most beautiful works.
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This 1990 recording by French conductor Philippe Herreweghe and his historical-instrument Collegium Vocale of J S Bach's familiar `Magnificat' offered some new perspectives. The Magnificat comprises of challenging vocal lines, and it is never easy to perform the piece in a transparent and serene manner. Herreweghe manages to tone down the work's apparent enthusiasm, delivering the choral movements with Gallic elegance, rhythmic and transparent, in place of the usual imposing and big sound. The difference is evident already in the first section, and one result of Herreweghe's approach is an appealing balance between the choral and solo vocal sections. In a piece where solo or ensemble music making up more than half of the work's 12 sections, that makes a lot of sense, and the Herreweghe's hand-picked soloists are aptly wonderful, offering for the most part absolutely ravishing performances.
Veteran soprano Barbara Schlick offered a hushed, wondrous "Quia respexit humilitatem", and French countertenor Gérard Lesne sung the alto solo "Esurientes" with a lush and rich instrument so uncommon with mezzo-sopranos. Only the second soprano Agnès Mellon disturbs the transcendent mood with her strangely aspirated "t" sounds.
The unusual version of the likewise familiar Cantata No. 80, "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," is a bonus inclusion; Herreweghe programs a revision by Bach's son Wilhelm Friedemann that includes trumpets and timpani. Again, Barbara Schlick offered a terrific rendition of the soprano solo in true melismatic style and ethereal glory. This Lutheran piece is a contrast in the religious sense to the Marian-oriented Magnificat.
There are many other versions of BWV 243 offering gutsier interpretations, but there are some unearthly delights here that will certainly please Bach aficionados and general listeners alike.
Unreservedly recommended.
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J S Bach's Magnificat is one of his most accessible choral works, because it is short and tuneful. It would be a good starting point for those who want to develop an appreciation of his religious or choral music, which, after all, is the bulk of his output of 1080 works.
Herreweghe's performance is superb. I highly recommend this recording.
You may also enjoy the performances of CPE and JC Bach Magnificats, conducted by Schneider, which sound more like Papa Haydn than Daddy Bach.
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