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    Magnificat BWV 243

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat Wq 215

    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach


    The Magnificat, a sublime canticle sung by the Virgin Mary after the Annunciation, in versions by Bach the elder and his son. A musical and spiritual lineage.

    Hans-Christoph Rademann
    Hans-Christoph Rademann © Holger Schneider

    Mirjam Feuersinger soprano
    Marie Henriette Reinhold
    Patrick Grahl tenor
    Markus Eiche basse

    Hans-Christoph Rademann direction
    Gaechinger Cantorey Choir and Orchestra

    Approximate running time
    1st part: 30mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 40mn

    Before composing his Magnificat in the autumn of 1723, during his first year as Cantor in Leipzig, we know that Johann-Sebastian Bach copied other works devoted to the canticle of Mary. Despite this, and unlike other scores by the musician, the composition bears no traces of external influences. There are two versions of this major score in existence. The first version was written in E-flat major (BWV 243a) and was then reworked ten years later into a second version in D major (BWV 243). The richness, variety and power of this work make it one of Bach’s most personal and accomplished pieces. The Magnificat by his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel dates from 1749 and was written to obtain the post of Cantor at Leipzig. This monumental work lasting almost an hour makes its mark with its epic scale and the dazzlingly rich orchestration. The talent of the Bach family spans the generations.

    Production MPSZ Associates