Rachel Redmond Soprano
Lisandro Abadie Bass
Gwendoline Blondeel Soprano
Thomas Hobbs Tenor
Damien Guillon Countertenor
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie Conductor
For his first Christmas Vespers as Cantor of Leipzig on 25 December 1723, Bach chose to give the Magnificat at the Nikolaikirche. In Bach's work, the Magnificat occupies a very significant place: a Latin work dedicated to the Virgin, it is unexpected in the corpus of a deeply Lutheran musician, but it was the tradition in Leipzig to play this Latin Magnificat.
This pillar of sacred music is built on a principle of multiple symmetries and numeral connections, which make it a cyphered kaleidoscope of Bach's scholarly work, for a dazzling musical result, in which these extraordinary combinations are never filtered out! The Magnificat might be Bach's work where perfection and sublimity constantly emerge, with splendid chorales with extreme affects followed by extraordinary arias.
The Ascension Oratorio, written a decade later in 1735 in diptych form, is a great festive cantata relating (in German this time) this major moment in the life of Christ. Trumpets and timpani are summoned for divine praise with all the required brilliance.
This cathedral of sound with its two magnificent arches finds in William Christie its fervent servant, and in his Arts Florissants an infinite palette of musical colours that Bach would have dreamed of conducting...
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Magnificat – Ascension Oratorio – Suite for orchestra no.3
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