Bach Magnificat

RIAS Kammerchor - C.P.E. Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215 (2014) [Official Digital Download]

RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Hans-Christoph Rademann - C.P.E. Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 55:30 minutes | 664 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

On 9 April 1786, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach conducted a charity concert in Hamburg featuring three of his finest and most representative works: the Symphony Wq 183/1 (1780), the Magnificat written in 1749 in the hope of succeeding his father as Kantor in Leipzig, and finally the stupendous Heilig (1776) for double choir, of which he wrote: ‘It will be my swansong of this kind, and will serve to ensure that I shall not soon be forgotten after my death.’ He was right: 300 years after his birth, this album with the same programme proves as much.
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)
Vox Luminis; Lionel Meunier, artistic direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 370 | Time: 01:01:19

The Belgian early music group Vox Luminis has made several wonderful recordings of lesser-known Baroque repertory. They cultivate a distinctive sound with ten or 15 singers (here there are ten) and a small instrumental group, diverging completely from the general Italianate-operatic trend toward brisk tempos, sharp accents, and dramatic conceptions. Here they take on two very familiar works and meet the challenge of creating unique interpretations. Even in the splendid Bach Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (sample one of the big choruses, perhaps "Fecit potentiam"), they are smooth and even delicate. The sound is all the more impressive in that leader Lionel Meunier does not really conduct; he sings in the choir itself. Yet the carefully burnished sound is extremely coherent. The effect is to deliver a personal aspect even to these highly public works. In this kind of reading there is the necessity for the performers to deliver text intelligibility and for the instrumentalists to deliver balance, and all succeed nicely, as do Alpha Classics' engineers, working in a pair of churches (Belgian for the Handel, Dutch for the Bach). This is a beautifully rendered representation of standard repertory that draws you into entirely new ways of looking at the music.
Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)

Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243, Missa BWV 235 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 64:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 129 | Recorded: 2008

Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort's 2006 recording of Bach's Magnificat brings back the glory days of historically informed performances, those halcyon days in the 1980s when musicians, empowered by scholarship and energized by virtuosity, were recording the Baroque repertoire with the zeal of the newly converted. Though Pierlot and his musicians are of a younger generation, they bring a missionary fervor to the music, a program of Bach's Magnificat, BWV 243, and Missa Brevis, BWV 235, interspersed with two well-chosen organ works, the Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733, and the Präludium und Fuga, BWV 541. Pierlot's textures are clean, his rhythms buoyant, his colors bright, and tempos brisk, but not rushed in the fast movements, and contemplative but not moribund in the slow movements.
Nicholas Ward, Northern Chamber Orchestra - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243; Cantata 'Ich habe genug' BWV 82 (1995)

Nicholas Ward, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Jeremy Summerly, Schola Cantorum of Oxford - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243; Cantata 'Ich habe genug' BWV 82 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 53:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550763 | Recorded: 1993, 1994

These works both received their first performances in Leipzig - the Magnificat in 1723 and Cantata 82 in 1727. It was in 1723 that Bach had taken up thepost of Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, having previously been Kapellmeisterto Prince Leopold in Cothen. The Magnificat was originally heard ina version in E flat major at Christmas Vespers when movements with seasonaltexts were inserted; the version included on this disc was rendered by Bach someyears later, returning to the ordinary Magnificat text in order to makethe work performable all year round. Bach's approach to the evening canticle ischaracteristically large-scale. There is no use of recitative, owing perhaps tothe poetic nature of the text: the verses have little natural hierarchy and itis appropriate that they should all be afforded extended settings. The scoringis unusually rich and includes three trumpets, two flutes, two oboes, strings,continuo, and timpani - one of the largest ensembles to be assembled at theThomaskirche in Bach's time. Bach takes a literal view of the text in which, forinstance, the full five-part choir is used to demonstrate Omnes generationes ("All generations") with soloists used for the more reflective movements. Ina typically Bachian gesture the opening material returns for Sicut erat inprincipio ("As it was in the beginning").
Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Bach: Magnificat; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2007)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d`Astrée - Bach: Magnificat; Handel: Dixit Dominus (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 56:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 395241 2 | Recorded: 2006

What a wonderful contrast! Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Magnificat represent the two oft-compared composers at Dixit . He had already written two Italian operas, and his career path clearly pointed in that direction. The Dixit is as extravagant as Bach’s Magnificat is controlled. The two pieces are such a good fit that one wonders why they haven’t turned up together more frequently, if, in fact, they have at all.
Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 61:04 min | 322 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

After several recordings on Ricercar and a first disc on Alpha, Actus Tragicus, containing early Bach cantatas, ‘of staggering profundity, purity and beauty’ (ffff Télérama), Lionel Meunier and his ensemble Vox Luminis devote this new project to two showpieces by Handel and Bach.
Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:04 minutes | 1.12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After several recordings on Ricercar and a first disc on Alpha, Actus Tragicus, containing early Bach cantatas, ‘of staggering profundity, purity and beauty’ (ffff Télérama), Lionel Meunier and his ensemble Vox Luminis devote this new project to two showpieces by Handel and Bach.
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major
Classical, Choral, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:39 min | 330 MB
Label: SDG | Tracks: 27 | Rls.date: 2017

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrate Christmas with a mixed programme of J.S. Bach’s sacred choral works. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, these works transport listeners to 18th-century Leipzig for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of “Süßer Trost” to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach's Magnificat. The Bach at Christmas project is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and patron of the Monteverdi choir, Sir Ralph Kohn. The concerts from which these recordings were taken took place at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, in December of 2016.
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner - Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:13:55 | 169 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Soli Deo Gloria

A new live recording of Bach’s Lutheran Mass in F Major (BWV223), Cantata "Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (BWV 151) and Magnificat in E flat (BWV243a), recorded in London at the end of a European tour in December 2016.
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Magnificat BWV 243 & 243a & Cantatas BWV 8, 63, 80, 125, 138 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 777 Mb | Total time: 61:49+53:06+58:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908360.62 | Recorded: 1990, 1997, 2002

"It is…a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets."
– George Chien