Dunedin Consort/John Butt: JS Bach's Magnificat - Album review

Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 18:22


Bach Magnificat; Christmas Cantata 63

Dunedin Consort, John Butt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Gabrieli

Linn Records


John Butt’s Dunedin Consort here offers a reconstruction of Bach’s first Christmas Vespers in Leipzig in December 1723. The major works, the Magnificat in E flat and Cantata No 63, Christen ätzet diesen Tag, are interleaved with other music. There’s an opening motet, Hodie Christus natus est, by Giovanni Gabrieli, organ pieces, and full-voiced congregational chorales. With just 10 voices and an orchestra not quite double that in number (four of them trumpets) the scene is set for music-making that’s lucid and festive, captured in sound that’s both intimate and full. A spirited Christmas celebration with a difference. linnrecords.com