JS Bach - Magnificat; Kuhnau - Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern | Atma Classique ACD22727

JS Bach - Magnificat; Kuhnau - Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern

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Label: Atma Classique

Cat No: ACD22727

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 28th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Johanna Winkel (soprano)
Johannette Zomer (soprano)
James Laing (countertenor)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Matthew Brook (bass-baritone)
Arion Orchestre Baroque

Conductor

Alexander Weimann

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Kuhnau, Johann

Cantata 'Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern'

Artists

Johanna Winkel (soprano)
Johannette Zomer (soprano)
James Laing (countertenor)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Matthew Brook (bass-baritone)
Arion Orchestre Baroque

Conductor

Alexander Weimann

About

Bach reworked his Magnificat in E flat major, BWV 243a, originally composed in 1723, transposing it down to D major and slightly modifying the instrumentation. In this revised version he omitted the four interpolations or Christmas laudes. On this recording directed by Alexander Weimann, Arion performs the version in D major (BWV 243), and reintroduces the four all-too-rarely heard laudes.

Arion also performs Kuhnau’s cantata Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How lovely shines the morning star) to complete this joyful album devoted to Christmas.

Founded in 1981, Arion Baroque Orchestra is the only period instrument orchestra based in the province of Québec. The clarity and freshness of Arion’s interpretations have been remarked upon since its first concerts. The delicacy and artistry of its readings of well-chosen and varied works has been consistent over the past 35 years.

Alexander Weimann is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation. After travelling the world with ensembles, he now focuses on his activities as conductor of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra Vancouver, and as music director of Les Voix Baroques, Le Nouvel Opera and Tempo Rubato.

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