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Dunedin Consort

Bach Magnificat

Linn Records, released 16th October, 2015

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The Dunedin Consort was founded in 1995 and is named after Din Eidyn, the ancient Celtic name of Edinburgh Castle. Under the musical direction of John Butt, the ensemble has established itself as the leading Scottish Baroque ensemble, performing at the nation’s major festivals and in Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France.  Its discography includes two Gramophone award recordings, the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem which was also nominated for a Grammy award.

This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful ‘Christmas Cantata’.  On this album, Dunedin Consort recreates Bach’s first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale.

The ‘Magnificat’ is one of Bach’s most vivid choral works.  The cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag was written almost a decade before Bach’s arrival in Leipzig, most likely for Christmas 1714 in Weimar.  It is not difficult to see why Bach saw this cantata as such an appropriate companion for his Magnificat: the first duet, accompanied by a plaintive solo oboe, makes an ideal analogue to the ‘Quia respexit’ of the Magnificat and demonstrates in its very order and leisurely expansion the sense of the events being ‘wohl gefüget’ (‘well disposed’).

‘…yet another astonishing triumph…the musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class.’ The Scotsman (5/5)

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TRACKLISTING

1. Motet: Hodie Christus natus est a8
2. Organ Prelude: Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
3. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: I. Chorus: Christen, atzet diesen Tag
4. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: II. Recit: O selger Tag!
5. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: III. Aria: Gott, du hast es wohl gefuget
6. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: IV. Recit: So kehret sich nun heut
7. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: V. Aria: Ruft und fleht den Himmel an
8. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: VI. Recit: Verdoppelt euch demnach
9. Cantata "Christen, atzet diesen Tag", BWV 63: VII. Chorus: Höchster, schau in Gnaden an
10. Organ Prelude: No. 8, Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 606
11. Congregational Chorale: Vom Himmel hoch
12. Organ Prelude: Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733 (Meine Seele erhebet den Herren)
13. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: I. Chorus: Magnificat
14. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: IIa. Aria: Et exsultavit
15. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: IIb. Chorus: Vom Himmel hoch
16. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: III. Aria: Quia respexit
17. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: IV. Chorus: Omnes generationes
18. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: Va. Aria: Quia fecit
19. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: Va. Aria: Quia fecit
20. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: VI. Duet: Et misericordia
21. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: VIIa. Chorus: Fecit potentiam
22. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: VIIb. Chorus: Gloria in excelsis Deo!
23. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: VIII. Aria: Deposuit potentes
24. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: IXa. Aria: Esurientes implevit bonis
25. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: IXb. Duet: Virga Jesse
26. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: X. Terzet; Suscepit Israel
27. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: XI. Chorus: Sicut locutus est
28. Magnificat in E-flat Major, BWV 243a: XII. Chorus: Gloria
29. Organ Prelude: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
30. Congregational Chorale: Puer natus in Bethlehem