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A Bach Christmas - Magnificat / Pickett, New London Consort


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 452920   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth SchollChristopher RobsonMichael GeorgePaul Agnew,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It was a good idea to assemble three pieces associated with Bach’s first Christmas at Leipzig. The Cantata No. 63 and the earlier E flat version of the Magnificat were both performed at Leipzig on Christmas Day, 1723, and it may well be that the D major Sanctus was also sung at the same services. Not all of the music, though, was newly written for the 1723 Festival. The Cantata was already in existence perhaps as much as ten years earlier when Bach may have performed it at Halle as his trial piece for the post of organist of the Liebfrauenkirche in which he was interested. There are notable differences between the E flat version of the celebrated Magnificat and the later, more frequently performed version in D major. Two of the most Read more conspicuous of them are the use of recorders in the earlier setting – these were later replaced by two oboes d’amore – and the inclusion of four short Christmas interpolations; two of these are for four-strand vocal texture, another for five voices with violin obbligato and a fourth for soprano, bass and continuo.

The instrumental playing...is gracefully shaped. Trumpets – four of them – and timpani sound well with the single-string ensemble of the New London Consort and there are pleasing contributions from violinists Pavlo Beznosiuk and Lucy Hill, and cellist Richard Tunnicliffe.

Philip Pickett’s direction is light-spirited and brisk without being hurried...I shall certainly want to return to the singing of Elisabeth Scholl and of Paul Agnew, who is one of the most expressive Bach tenors around at the moment."

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [12/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat in E flat major, BWV 243a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Scholl (Soprano), Christopher Robson (Countertenor), Michael George (Bass),
Paul Agnew (Tenor), Andrew King (Tenor), Catherine Bott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: Latin 
2.
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine Bott (Soprano), Elisabeth Scholl (Soprano), Christopher Robson (Countertenor),
Paul Agnew (Tenor), Andrew King (Tenor), Michael George (Bass)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Sanctus in D major, BWV 238 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723-1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: Latin 

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