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Bach, J.S.: Magnificat; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Cantata BWV51 CD

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  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Chorus: "Magnificat" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  2. Aria: "Et exsultavit spiritus meus" (soprano II) - Patrizia Kwella, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  3. Aria: "Quia respexit humilitatem" (soprano I) - Nancy Argenta, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  4. Chorus: "Omnes generationes" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  5. Aria: "Quia fecit mihi magna" (bass) - David Thomas, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  6. Aria (Duet): "Et misericordia" (alto, tenor) - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Charles Brett, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  7. Chorus: "Fecit potentiam" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  8. Aria: "Deposuit potentes" (tenor) - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  9. Aria: "Esurientes implevit bonis" (alto) - Charles Brett, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  10. Aria (Terzetto): "Suscepit Israel" (soprano I, II, alto) - Nancy Argenta, Patrizia Kwella, Charles Brett, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  11. Chorus: "Sicut locutus est" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  12. Chorus: "Gloria Patri" - The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  13. Aria: "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" - Emma Kirkby, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  14. Recitativo: "Wir beten zu dem Tempel an" - Emma Kirkby, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  15. Aria: "Höchster, Höchster mache deine Güte ferner alle Morgen neu" - Emma Kirkby, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  16. Chorale: "Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren" - Emma Kirkby, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
  17. Aria: "Alleluja" - Emma Kirkby, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

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By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 1983, contains two fine performances given by a well balanced set of soloists in the Magnificat and some fabulous singing from Emma Kirkby in the cantata. The solo trumpet playing in the cantata deserves special mention and it is a grave error not to list such an important solo player who is treated on a par with the vocal soloist in the opening and closing sections.

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.
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Excellent recording. I don't know why people say that is too fast. Indeed, the Magnificat is pretty fast compared to others, but it is not to the extent that everything is out of control. Anyway, it is clearly a matter of opinion; to me, it's definitely my favourite.
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These are a truly wonderful performances of BWV 243 & 51 that I have had for years (on cassette) and finally acquired on CD. The performances date from recordings made in London in 1983, and released in 1985. Sadly the inset (in French, German and English) give no information as to where the very warm and resonant acoustic was recorded.
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.
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The early digital sound isn't perfect, as if balance between choir, soloists, and orchestra hadn't been fully worked out -- but never mind. This is alive. It's an interesting pairing. In "Jauchzet Gott," we have a piece for a virtuoso singer, which Emma Kirkby, then at her freshest as a singer, dispatches with great élan and in a style -- vibrato free -- appropriate to the music as Bach conceived it, for a boy soprano. The boy capable of this in 1730 or so must have been very gifted. Crispian Steele-Perkins, whom I'm guessing is the solo trumpeter, is right there with Kirkby in enlivening performances of the opening aria and the closing "Alleluia." The Magnificat is differently conceived -- the solo voices are almost deliberately non-virtuostic, singing on a human scale, and in the arias beautifully backed by oboe (backing Patrizia Kwella), bassoon (in David Thomas's fine "Quia fecit"), and flute (with Charles Brett's solo). The virtuosity comes from the choir, which really lets it rip. All in all, though, I like that human scale -- the piece was probably often sung by good but not great singers and backed by a relatively small orchestra (here about 33). This recording is now 30 years old -- there may be better recordings, but there's nothing wrong with this one.
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