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Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major / Gardiner


Release Date: 10/13/2017 
Label:  Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog #: 728  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrate Christmas with a mixed programme of J.S. Bach’s sacred choral works. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, these works transport listeners to 18th-century Leipzig for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of “Süßer Trost” to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach's Magnificat. The Bach at Christmas project is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and patron of the Monteverdi choir, Sir Ralph Kohn. The concerts from which these recordings were taken took place at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, in December of 2016.


The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrate Christmas with a mixed programme of J.S. Bach’s sacred choral works. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, these works transport listeners to 18th-century Leipzig for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of “Süßer Trost” to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach's Magnificat. The Bach at Christmas project is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and patron of the Monteverdi choir, Sir Ralph Kohn. The concerts from which these recordings were taken took place at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, in December of 2016. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa brevis in F major, BWV 233 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Written: 1725 
3.
Magnificat in E flat major, BWV 243a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review February 25, 2018 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "A superb recording which has already received three prestigious awards – Editor”s Choice from Gramophone (12/2017), Diapason d’or from the French magazine Diapason (# 663 – 12/2017) and a CHOC from its counterpart Classica (# 198 –12/2017). What is so particular about this recording is Gardiner’s decision to select all his solo voices from the choir – they are young voices, not always flawless but absolutely beautiful. All the reviewers are favourably impressed by the pace adopted by Gardinar, especially in the opening chorus of the Magnificat. On the web, John Quinn of MusicWeb International is kind of dubious about Gardiner’s pace in the opening movement: “In this latest recording he’s even faster (than the 1983 recording) and though the choir and orchestra articulate the music expertly I do wonder if this very swift pace… isn’t too much of a good thing”. In his review, David Stancliffe of EMR singles out the contribution of the young “… Angela Hicks who sings the long and difficult aria the opens the cantata BWV151. Here the balance between the singer, the strings topped with an oboe d’amore and the single traverso is captured wonderfully…”. A magnificent addition to all the works already recorded by Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir – for the label Soli Deo Gloria – in continuation of the Bach Pilgrimage. At Classica @ la Carte, we keep on searching for more reviews. You may consult those already surveyed simply by searching with the following criteria: classicalacarte + 843183072828" Report Abuse
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