Magnificat: Bach, Caldara, Monteverdi, Schubert, Penderecki, Part, etc. | Warner 5419771902

Magnificat: Bach, Caldara, Monteverdi, Schubert, Penderecki, Part, etc.

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 5419771902

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd February 2019

Contents

Artists

Janet Baker
Adolf Dallapozza
Brigitte Fassbaender
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Thomas Hemsley
Anne Pashley
Lucia Popp
Robert Tear
Helen Watts
Ambrosian Singers
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Hilliard Ensemble
Das Kleine Konzert
Knabenchor Hannover
Krakow Philharmonic Chorus
Krakow Polish Radio Chorus
London Baroque
Taverner Consort, Choir & Players
Chor und Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Daniel Barenboim
Stephen Cleobury
Heinz Hennig
Hermann Max
Andrew Parrott
Krzysztof Penderecki
Wolfgang Sawallisch

Works

Anonymous

Magnificat in D major (attrib. J Kuhnau)

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Magnificat in D major, BWV243
Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a
Sanctus in C major, BWV237
Sanctus in D major, BWV238

Caldara, Antonio

Magnificat in C major

Kuhnau, Johann

Magnificat in C major

Marenzio, Luca

Magnificat

Monteverdi, Claudio

Vespro della beata Vergine
» Magnificat

Part, Arvo

Magnificat

Penderecki, Krzysztof

Magnificat

Schelle, Johann

Freut euch
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Virga Jesse floruit
Vom Himmel hoch

Schubert, Franz

Magnificat in C major, D486

Schutz, Heinrich

Deutsches Magnificat 'Meine Seele erhebt den Herren', SWV494

Tavener, John

Magnificat

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Magnificat

Artists

Janet Baker
Adolf Dallapozza
Brigitte Fassbaender
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Thomas Hemsley
Anne Pashley
Lucia Popp
Robert Tear
Helen Watts
Ambrosian Singers
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Hilliard Ensemble
Das Kleine Konzert
Knabenchor Hannover
Krakow Philharmonic Chorus
Krakow Polish Radio Chorus
London Baroque
Taverner Consort, Choir & Players
Chor und Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Daniel Barenboim
Stephen Cleobury
Heinz Hennig
Hermann Max
Andrew Parrott
Krzysztof Penderecki
Wolfgang Sawallisch

About

The birth of Christ was one of the many events that the Evangelist Saint Luke described in glowing terms. The moment when the pregnant Mary was informed that she was to give birth to the promised Redeemer has special significance in Luke’s portrayal of the event. The Evangelist describes how the Mother of God intones a prayer of thanks which in Latin begins with the words “Magnificat anima mea Dominum”, and in the King James version “My soul doth magnify the Lord”. This Magnificat has over time found its way into divine service as a song of praise and has inspired composers down the ages. These are often master composers who have made a huge contribution to the genre of vocal music as a whole. One such composer is Luca Marenzio, a pioneer of the madrigal genre and role model for Claudio Monteverdi, whose Magnificat is the culmination of his Vespers for the Blessed Virgin of 1610.

In the Lutheran church tradition, Christmas verses were often added to the Magnificat. This is the case with the works of the Leipzig composers Johann Kuhnau and Johann Sebastian Bach. It is thanks to Bach that a copy of Antonio Caldara’s Magnificat has come down to us – proof that Bach was a keen student of his Italian colleagues. Bach never had the opportunity to visit what was then the modern nation of music, Italy. Heinrich Schütz, on the other hand, the first really significant Lutheran composer prior to Bach, was able to study Italian music south of the Alps. He wrote his Magnificat in the Venetian style in a glorious polychoral setting.

Franz Schubert’s early masses and the Magnificat he wrote at 19 were performed at church services in Vienna’s suburbs and were among his early successes, inspired by direct liturgical demand. England’s Ralph Vaughan Williams gave the female voice special recognition with his 1932 version of the biblical Virgin’s song with a female choir and alto soloist, while Krzysztof Penderecki’s Magnificat was commissioned to mark the 1200th anniversary of Salzburg Cathedral. Penderecki, who also made a name for himself as the composer of a St Luke Passion, thereby laid the foundation stone for a new age of spirituality on which some of his contemporaries were to base their own works – such as the Estonian Arvo Pärt with his minimalist style and British-born John Tavener, many of whose works were modelled on musical examples from the Greek Orthodox church.

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