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C.p.e Bach, J.s. Bach: Magnificats / Lewis, Washington Bach


Release Date: 02/23/1999 
Label:  Newport Classic   Catalog #: 60155   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachCarl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  James WeaverPatricia GreenNils BrownMary Ellen Callahan
Conductor:  J. Reilly Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Bach Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Washington Bach Consort, Lewis. Newport Classic 60155 [with C.P.E. Bach: Magnificat].

Not only are these fine performances, but the disc itself is a stroke of good programming, pairing the familiar – Johann Sebastian Bach’s majestic, brilliantly conceived setting of the Magnificat – with the unfamiliar – son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s intriguingly lean, pre-classical setting of the same text, a masterpiece of the “galant” style just as his father’s is a masterpiece of the Baroque. Leading a well-trained chorus of ideal size (approximately 25) and a crack period-instrument band, conductor J. Reilly Lewis imparts energy and dramatic point to the readings of both works. Textures are full yet transparent, with an excellent
Read more balance between voices and orchestra. The work of the four soloists is elegant and expressive, and the chorus sings radiantly in both pieces. The recorded sound is excellent. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  James Weaver (Bass), Patricia Green (Mezzo Soprano), Nils Brown (Tenor),
Mary Ellen Callahan (Soprano)
Conductor:  J. Reilly Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Bach Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Magnificat, Wq 215/H 772 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  James Weaver (Bass), Patricia Green (Mezzo Soprano), Mary Ellen Callahan (Soprano),
Nils Brown (Tenor)
Conductor:  J. Reilly Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Bach Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: 1749; Berlin, Germany 

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