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Magnificat BWV243 / Kantate Bw51

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: philips
  • ASIN: B0000040W4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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I look forward to hearing this and possibly purchasing one for myself. It was a very well received gift by someone who listens a lot.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93d20f54) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93769b88) out of 5 stars Top-notch Performance 6 Oct. 2000
By 127 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD will not disappoint. Its peformance uses period instruments, although I bought it before I had any idea of what "period instruments" meant. To some people, period instruments are needed for "authenticity," but as far as I'm concerned, the sound and performance are the most important regardless of instruments used.
The solo and ensemble work in the Magnificat are all excellent. I prefer the smaller sized choir's sound to a 100 voice Mahler symphony chorus's sound in Bach because the larger groups can overwhelm Bach's counterpoint. I'm also impressed by the trumpet players who brilliantly negotiate their parts on valveless period instruments. I definitely notice a difference in the sound of natural D trumpets to modern piccolo trumpets, and I think that the natural trumpets blend better with the whole group's sound.
The performance of Cantata 51 does not disappoint either. The outer movements are beautiful duets between soprano and trumpet, and again I appreciate the natural trumpet's sound here in place of a piccolo trumpet. Recordings with both instruments can be found and having heard both, I prefer this recording. Mr. Steele-Perkins' playing is outstanding, and Ms. Kirkby's singing is also very beautiful. This is a smaller scale work and does not need a large operatic voice, so the lighter sound of Ms. Kirkby's soprano and Mr. Steele-Perkins' natural trumpet are an excellent match.
This is an all around excellent CD and after repeated listening it has a permanent place in my top shelf.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93769ccc) out of 5 stars Magnificent Magnificat! 9 May 2002
By D. Seymour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94a7bc3c) out of 5 stars This is an extraordinary recording 6 Dec. 1999
By Steven G. Barringer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93769750) out of 5 stars Brilliant playing, insightful conception, wonderful music! 24 Oct. 2005
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x937695e8) out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! 11 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having sung several pieces from the Magnificat, I know how difficult it can be to not only maintain your own place in your part, but to make sure that the separate parts form a cohesive whole. This recording achieves both and effortlessly, as one would expect from the amazing chorus and soloists, under the direction of the irrepressible John Elliot Gardiner. Gardiner's infamous desire for speed is well-suited to this piece. The Et Miseriecordia and the Suscepit Israel are both simply superb, and the final Gloria Patri is wonderful.
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