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Bach: Magnificat, Cantata Bwv 21 / Kuijken, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 63299   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  René JacobsChristoph PrégardienPeter LikaGreta de Reyghčre
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber ChoirLa Petite Bande de Montreal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Kuijken's versions of Bach's violin concertos and orchestral suites are at or near the top of my lists for those works, but the present recording is Kuijken's first, to the best of my knowledge, of vocal music. Kuijken's chorus, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, consists of seven sopranos (all female), five altos (mixed), and four each of tenors and basses; La Petite Bande is, of course, an original-instruments ensemble. Kuijken approaches both of these works deliberately, with tempos consistently slower than those of Gardiner, Rifkin, or Parrott in the Magnificat or Herreweghe and, for the most part, Harnoncourt in the cantata. The results are a resounding success in the Magnificat... Kuijken meticulously shapes a Magnificat that is vivid, Read more tender, and dramatic in turn, building to a powerful culmination in the Gloria Patri. One surprise from Kuijken is the dotting of the rhythm in the soprano aria, “Quia respexit.“ Among the soloists, basso Lika (Quia fecit) is most impressive; countertenor Jacobs contributes a moving Esurientes...Virgin's recording is topnotch.

BWV 21 is one of Bach's best-loved cantatas, composed, around 1714 “for any time of the year“ (and thus has no chorale). It is the most extensive of the Weimar cantatas, through-composed, and also one of the most inventive and expressive of all Bach's church cantatas. It must have been one of the composer's favorites; he revived it several times during his career."

-- George Chien , Fanfare [11/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Peter Lika (Basset-horn),
Greta de Reyghčre (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande de Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Greta de Reyghčre (Soprano), Peter Lika (Basset-horn),
René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande de Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Alto: "Et exultavit spiritus meus"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Soprano: "Quia respexit"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Omnes generationes"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Basso: "Quia fecit mihi magna"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Duetto: Alto, Tenore: "Et misericordia"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Fecit potentiam"
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Tenore: Deposuit potentes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Esurientes implevit bonis
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Suscepit Israel"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Sicut locutus est"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Gloria Patri"
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Sinfonia
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Recitativo: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Bäche von gesalzen Zähren
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Recitativo: Ach, Jesu, meine Ruh
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Duetto: Komm, mein Jesu
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Aria: Erfreue dich, Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Das Lamm, das erwürget ist

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