- Audio CD (12 Mar. 2001)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Decca (UMO)
- ASIN: B000051YD4
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bach, J.S.: Magnificat; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Cantata BWV51 CD
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The main attention will almost certainly focus on the Magnificat which receives a generally swift reading of the choruses but not to excess. This enables the choir to enunciate clearly and still achieve considerable verve in delivery. All the soloists perform well and this is an excellent performance of a work that should thrill. Bach clearly intended it to have considerable impact and scored it with that in mind. The English Baroque Soloists are a fine group of musicians who play accurately and with good tone. This applies to all the sections of the orchestra but in this case it needs to be added that the three trumpets play in such a way that they would surely have delighted Bach.
Bearing in mind the adverse remarks made elsewhere about the sopranos in the Magnificat and also the recording balance, I have checked these issues carefully and can only report that no such problems can be detected on my own playback system, even when alerted. The equipment is good enough to be merciless with inadequate technology and, as a trumpet player, I have played the work myself and can find no fault in this performance, only plenty to praise!
Apart from the obviously short playing time of just under 42 minutes, this disc offers splendid music making and is well recorded. I would therefore suggest that it is well worth considering as an attractive purchase even with the proviso about the playing time.
Gardener takes the choruses of the Magnificat at an ebullient and dancing pace, whereas in the arias like the Quia respexit humilitatem he slows down to a gentle and sensitive pace, allowing singer and music to breathe and express themselves. In fact the wonderfully energised Omnes Generationes is almost too fast; only a choir of the class and stamina of the Monteverdi Choir (which was basically a choir of soloists) could cope with such demands. The English Baroque Soloists are of course superb throughout. The vocal soloists in the "Magnificat" are that first generation of the authentic period singers: Nancy Argenta, Patricia Kwella, Charles Brett, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and David Thomas; voices all at their peak.
There are now many other great recordings of the Magnificat of course to compete with this one, but where this disc really stands out is for the cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen landen" BWV 51. This is basically a cantata for solo soprano, trumpet obbligato and string band. The soloists here are Emma Kirkby and Crispian Steele- Perkins. Kirkby is at the height of her powers, pure voiced with perfectly tight and ringing notes, answered equally by Steele-Perkins perfectly placed and ringing trumpet. I know Handel wrote the Firework Music but this is dynamite Bach that absolutely fizzes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find the excellent performances on this CD unfortunately let down by a poor recording. As might be expected, this is a small-scale period performance. I find the tempi fine. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Redwood
I'm writing this review on buying the disc for a friend after listening to the recording for over twenty years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James
I bought this to gain familiarity with a piece that our choral society is presenting this summer. Having compared half a dozen versions online, I chose this MP3 version, as it is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by ian gilkison
I am very happy with this purchase and I just love Emma Kirkby's rendition. Her voice is exquisite. Can listen to this recording over and over again.Published on 27 Oct. 2013 by Daisy
With great dignity, Admiral Jeggy descended to the galley of his trireme, the HMS Duke of Dorset (the flagship of the period practice squadron). Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon