Search - Johann Sebastian Bach, John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists :: Bach: Magnificat, BWV. 243; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

Bach: Magnificat, BWV. 243; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Johann Sebastian Bach, John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
Bach: Magnificat, BWV. 243; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1

The flashy, kaleidoscopic Magnificat remains one of Bach's most popular works, and this is one of its best recordings. John Eliot Gardiner directs a performance full of energy: his crackerjack choir and orchestra sail t...  more »

     
?

Larger Image

CD Details


Synopsis

Amazon.com essential recording
The flashy, kaleidoscopic Magnificat remains one of Bach's most popular works, and this is one of its best recordings. John Eliot Gardiner directs a performance full of energy: his crackerjack choir and orchestra sail through the trickiest passages at high speed without sounding at all rushed or uncomfortable. The soloists are fine, with especially lovely singing from Nancy Argenta, Patrizia Kwella, and Charles Brett in the trio "Suscepit Israel." Also on this disc is the finest available version of the Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen Cantata. Emma Kirkby sings with all the purity of one of Bach's boys and all the assurance of an expert adult. She and trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins hurtle fearlessly through this famously difficult piece, high notes and long, fast runs holding no terrors for them. --Matthew Westphal

Similar CDs


Similarly Requested CDs

 

CD Reviews

This is an extraordinary recording
Steven G. Barringer | Washington, D.C. United States | 12/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with other customer reviewers that this is an exceptional recording of two beautiful pieces of music. Other recordings of the Magnificat do not compare to this in recording quality, production, or performance. The male soloists in the Magnificat stand out, and Emma Kirkby is incredible in Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. When I am looking for a CD to buy for a gift, this one is always on the top of my list."
Magnificent Magnificat!
D. Seymour | Atlanta, GA USA | 05/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the way a Magnificat should sound! Gardiner's rendition of Bach's Magnificat clearly magnifies the glory of the Lord. It is clear from this recording alone that Bach was indeed a master-craftsman. From the explosive opening through all the carefully considered solos, ensemble and singers blend seamlessly. Thomas' bass aria and Brett's & Rolfe-Johnson's duet are some of the highlights of the non-choral numbers. The voices of Brett (male-alto) and Rolfe-Johnson (tenor) combine very well, perhaps because they are both males? The Monteverdi Choir never fails to sound enthused about what they are singing. The "Fecit potentiam" and "Gloria Patri" are as much pep-rallies as prayers. The disc is topped off nicely by the inclusion of the cantata/motet Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Emma Kirby's soprano floats over the many rises and falls of her five movement cantata with grace. Her effortless technique and crystal clear voice are perfect. Gardiner gives her just the right amount of orchestral support - almost throwing her higher during the final soaring "Alleluja". This is a terrific period instrument recording, perfect balance, perfect soloists, GREAT choir!"
Brilliant playing, insightful conception, wonderful music!
Craig Matteson | Ann Arbor, MI | 10/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bach's "Magnificat" has been a favorite since it was composed for a Chirstmas service in 1723 at Leipzig. He revised it in 1730 by taking out some elements more relevant to Christmas, transposed it down a half-step to D major, and some other small changes. This recording is of the 1730 version and is performed with tremendous energy and exuberance. And why not? These are the words of Mary upon being greeted by Elizabeth as the mother of the Lord. The soloists are very fine and the choruses are unbelievably clear and precise. The instrumental playing is first rate. Who would expect any less from John Eliot Gardiner.

Some have complained that the tempi are too fast. They may be a tad on the fast side for my taste as well, but it never feels rushed to me. I think Gardiner had a vision and pulled it off thanks to the abilities of his performers and his own skill as a conductor.

The "Magnificat" is also a wonderful work to sing. If you get a chance to participate in a local chorus and sing this work, please do! We sang it with the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers not long ago, and it was a most rewarding experience.

The cantata "Acclaim God in All Lands!" is terrific, as well. I have been an Emma Kirkby devotee since I first heard her sing "Messiah" in Ann Arbor in December 1980 (I was in the 35 voice chorus as one of the tenors). Her angelic voice always delights me and often surprises me with its flexibility, purity, range, and power. The amazing Crispian Steele-Perkins brings his natural trumpet virtuosity to this recording and he always delights. How can you have a bad day after listening to such playing?

If an album of serious art music can be a "feel good" CD, well, this is it. It is like a shot of sunshine and energy to your soul."