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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1011 | Recorded: 1998

Bach's setting of the Magnificat is one of his most often-recorded vocal works; as a rule, it's paired with one of Bach's lavishly scored festal cantatas. (The Easter Oratorio seems to be a current favorite.) Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan had a different idea: they've paired Bach's Magnificat with roughly contemporary settings by Johann Kuhnau, who was Bach's immediate predecessor in Leipzig, and Jan Dismas Zelenka, who was a composer at the court of Saxony in Dresden. Zelenka is an interesting composer, among the most underrated of the Baroque era. His writing is less dense and intricate than Bach's–at times it looks forward to the simpler, more elegant style of Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. Zelenka knew his counterpoint, however, and was fond of slipping the occasional surprising chord change into his music. The two Magnificat settings by Zelenka presented here are relatively short (about 10 minutes each) and cover most of the text in their opening movements, which are extended choruses with full orchestra and florid soprano solos; each concludes with a splendid fugal "Amen" along the lines of the one Handel used to conclude Messiah. Kuhnau's Magnificat, on the other hand, has a format much like Bach's: each verse of the canticle is set as a separate short movement, with choruses and solo movements alternating. Set beside Bach's dazzling setting, Kuhnau's can't help but seem bland, but it's festive and pleasant to hear. As for the Bach–well, the BCJ has an awful lot of competition; they don't quite achieve the gusto of Gardiner, the radiance of Koopman, or the sheer manic energy of Parrott, but Suzuki and his choir truly get the measure of such fugal choruses as "Sicut locutus" (and Zelenka's "Amen" choruses), and they acquit themselves well overall. Countertenor Akira Tachikawa has done plenty of ensemble singing in Europe with such groups as Concerto Vocale and Ensemble Gilles Binchois; he copes well enough here, but doesn't seem to have yet the soloistic flair of his fellows Yoshikazu Mera and Robin Blaze. Bass soloist Chiyuki Urano is somewhat stolid; tenor Gerd Türk sings eloquently (if with a bit of strain). The two sopranos, however, get the most to sing, and the bright, clear voices of Miah Persson and Yukari Nonoshita steal this show entirely.
–Matthew Westphal

Performer:
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Track List:
Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)
Magnificat in C major
01. 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
02. 2. Et exultavit spiritus meus
03. 3. Quia respexit humilitatem
04. 4. Quia fecit mihi magna
05. 5. Et misericordia eius
06. 6. Fecit potentiam
07. 7. Deposuit potentes
08. 8. Esurientes implevit bonis
09. 9. Suscepit Irael
10. 10. Sicut locutus est
11. 11. Gloria Patri
12. 12. Sicut erat in principio
Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)
Magnificat in C major, ZWV 107
13. 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
14. 2. Esurientes implevit bonis
15. 3. Magnificat / Gloria Patri
16. 4. Amen
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108
17. 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
18. 2. Suscepit Israel
19. 3. Amen
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
20. 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
21. 2. Et exultavit spiritus meus
22. 3. Quia respexit
23. 4. Omnes generationes
24. 5. Quia fecit mihi magna
25. 6. Et misericordia eius
26. 7. Fecit potentiam
27. 8. Deposuit potentes
28. 9. Esurientes implevit bonis
29. 10. Suscepit Israel
30. 11. Sicut loctus est
31. 12. Gloria


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Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki / Kuhnau, Zelenka, Bach - Magnificat

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

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