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Kuhnau, Zelenka, Bach: Magnificats / Suzuki, Persson, Et Al


Release Date: 05/01/1999 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1011   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann KuhnauJan Dismas ZelenkaJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Miah PerssonChiyuki UranoGerd TürkAkira Tachikawa
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the early 1730s Bach revised his E flat major Magnificat of 1723, transposing it to D major and omitting the interpolations peculiar to Christmas performances in Leipzig. (Recent research suggests such richly scored Latin Magnificats could be performed in Lutheran churches at some 15 annual festivals, not just the three – Xmas, Easter, Ascension – previously supposed.) The D major was apparently Bach’s preferred version and is the one commonly played today, as on this latest instalment of Masaaki Suzuki’s acclaimed survey of Bach’s sacred vocal music. Suzuki’s Magnificat, like his earlier Bach recordings, is sharply focused and performed with engaging conviction. My benchmark disc, by Philippe Herreweghe, grips with its palpable air of Read more excitement. Suzuki’s reading is cooler, more nuanced and has a clearer acoustic; yet Herreweghe’s soloists retain a slight edge – few could match Barbara Schlick and oboist Marcel Penseele in rapt duet on ‘Quia respexit’. Herreweghe’s coupling is the splendid Cantata, BWV 80; Suzuki offers a trio of fascinating rareties. The Magnificat by Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor at Leipzig, resembles Bach’s in instrumentation and division of text: it’s a lively, attractive piece, trumpets ringing out boldly in the bright opening chorus. Two shorter Magnificats by Bach’s Dresden-based contemporary Zelenka represent a very different and highly individual approach, the C major’s tripartite structure creating an almost concerto-like framework for soprano soloist. Suzuki’s excellent, scrupulous performances should provoke greater interest in Kuhnau’s and Zelenka’s church music – the latter’s Missa Dei Filii, by Tafelmusik/Frieder Bernius (DHM), is also highly recommended. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat in C major by Johann Kuhnau
Performer:  Miah Persson (Soprano), Chiyuki Urano (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Magnificat in C major, ZWV 107 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor), Miah Persson (Soprano),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Bohemia 
3.
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor), Miah Persson (Soprano),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Bohemia 
4.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Miah Persson (Soprano), Chiyuki Urano (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

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