J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Magnificat in D Major

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jermey Summerly
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Schola cantorum of Oxford / Northern Chamber Orchestra / Nicholas Ward
Soloists:Anna Crookes, soprano I
Jayne Whitaker, soprano II
Caroline Trevor, alto
Timothy Robinson, tenor
Nicholas Gedge, bass-baritone
Individual Works:Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
Sacred Cantata 'Ich habe genug', BWV 82
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Naxos
Catalog Number:8.550763
Year Released/Recorded:1993-1994
Total Playing Time:53'14"
Comments:Adam N. La Spata said:

Having worked under renowned Bach interpreters Gustav Leonhardt and Sir Neville Mariner, the Schola Cantorum utilizes their talents extremly well. Paired with the Northern Chamber Orch., these two organizations produce fine work. The strings play with an exact precision, yet without compromising the warmth of the writing. The groups of winds are flawless in the execution of their exposed parts, especially the trumpets. The choruses, especially the opening movement are brilliantly performed with both flair and compassion, as is typical with Bach's choral writing. there is an excellent balance between the independent contrapuntal structure and the self-contained homophony. This recording is an excellent testament to both Bach's genius and the glory of God.

The solo cantata also included on this disk is also well performed. Gedge very well captures the passion embodied within both the text and the music.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Adam N. La Spata
Date First Submitted:04/12/1998