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J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata

Dunedin Consort

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata

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CKD 469 (Linn Records)
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Hodie Christus natus est a 8, Ch. C8

Hodie Christus natus est a 8, Ch. C8

Composer Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:51 Play
2
Das Orgel-Buchlein: No. 2, Gott, durch deine Gute, BWV 600

Das Orgel-Buchlein: No. 2, Gott, durch deine Gute, BWV 600

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
00:59 Play
3
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: I. Christen, atzet diesen Tag

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: I. Christen, atzet diesen Tag

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
05:21 Play
4
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: II. O selger Tag!

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: II. O selger Tag!

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:57 Play
5
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: III. Gott, du hast es wohl gefuget

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: III. Gott, du hast es wohl gefuget

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
07:26 Play
6
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: IV. So kehret sich nun heut

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: IV. So kehret sich nun heut

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
00:49 Play
7
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: V. Ruft und fleht den Himmel an

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: V. Ruft und fleht den Himmel an

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
03:43 Play
8
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: VI. Verdoppelt euch demnach

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: VI. Verdoppelt euch demnach

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:02 Play
9
Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: VII. Hochster, schau in Gnaden a

Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV 63: VII. Hochster, schau in Gnaden a

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
06:54 Play
10
Das Orgel-Buchlein: No. 8, Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 606

Das Orgel-Buchlein: No. 8, Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 606

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
00:42 Play
11
Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch: Vom Himmel hoch

Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch: Vom Himmel hoch

Composer Martin Luther
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:56 Play
12
Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733 (Meine Seele erhebet den Herren)

Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733 (Meine Seele erhebet den Herren)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
03:42 Play
13
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: I. Magnificat

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: I. Magnificat

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:55 Play
14
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IIa. Et exsultavit

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IIa. Et exsultavit

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:24 Play
15
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IIb. Vom Himmel hoch

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IIb. Vom Himmel hoch

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:30 Play
16
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: III. Quia respexit

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: III. Quia respexit

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:35 Play
17
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IV. Omnes generationes

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IV. Omnes generationes

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:21 Play
18
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: Va. Quia fecit

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: Va. Quia fecit

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:43 Play
19
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: Vb. Freut euch und jubiliert

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: Vb. Freut euch und jubiliert

01:20 Play
20
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VI. Et misericordia

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VI. Et misericordia

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
03:30 Play
21
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VIIa. Fecit potentiam

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VIIa. Fecit potentiam

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:56 Play
22
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VIIb. Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VIIb. Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:05 Play
23
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VIII. Deposuit potentes

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: VIII. Deposuit potentes

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:01 Play
24
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IXa. Esurientes implevit bonis

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IXa. Esurientes implevit bonis

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
03:17 Play
25
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IXb. Virga Jesse

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: IXb. Virga Jesse

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:58 Play
26
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: X. Suscepit Israel

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: X. Suscepit Israel

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:04 Play
27
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: XI. Sicut locutus est

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: XI. Sicut locutus est

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
01:24 Play
28
Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: XII. Gloria

Magnificat in E-Flat Major, BWV 243a: XII. Gloria

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:16 Play
29
Das Orgel-Büchlein: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603

Das Orgel-Büchlein: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
01:36 Play
30
Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch: Puer natus in Bethlehem

Neu Leipziger Gesangbuch: Puer natus in Bethlehem

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor John Butt
Band Dunedin Consort
02:43 Play
Total Running Time 78 minutes
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This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context, alongside the beautiful Christmas Cantata.

Also available: Digital Deluxe.  

Dunedin Consort

Dunedin Consort

Under the direction of John Butt OBE, the ensemble has become particularly acclaimed for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the baroque repertoire, winning two Gramophone Awards along the way.

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Considered by many to be the supreme composer of the Baroque style, and regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.
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John Butt

John Butt

John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow and musical director of Edinburgh's Dunedin Consort.
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Say logo2016 SAY Award Longlist 

Dunedin Consort & John Butt

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata   

 

 

2016 Gramophone Award Nominee
'Baroque Vocal'

 

 

BBC CHOICE

 5 stars Performance / 5 stars Sound

'...undeniably compelling...the organ preluding engineers an undeniable theatricality - especially when Butt's magisterial account of the Magnificat fugue yields without pause to the quivering, ecstatic joy of BWV 243a's opening chorus.' BBC Music Magazine 

   

Gramophone CHOICEChoice: 'The Magnificat itself is exciting, fresh and faultlessly paced...The sound is a treat for the ear; the vocal soloists are lucid and distinctive, so that altogether this vital performance is not just a genuinely fascinating new slant on a familiar masterpiece - but a joyous re-encounter with an old friend.' Gramophone

 


5 stars 'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort... brilliantly done.' The Observer 

5 stars '...yet another astonishing triumph...the musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class.' The Scotsman

Recording of the Month: 'Top of my 2015 Christmas list: outshines just about every other recording of the Magnificat and the cantata.' MusicWeb International

Disc of the Week: 'It's an absolute joy - far too good to keep for Christmas although if I have my way I'll be reliving Bach's first Leipzig Christmas somewhere in London on the 25th of December thanks to this fine new recording.' BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'

 

Dunedin Consort recreates Bach's first Christmas at Leipzig (Vespers in the Nikolaikirche, 25 December 1723); the recording opens with a Gabrieli motet and includes organ preludes and a seasonal congregational chorale. Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the Magnificat in a completely new light. This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort's star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson plus newcomer Julia Doyle.

View the booklet in full here.

Booklet note also available in Spanish and German. 

2016 Gramophone Award Shortlist Announced
01 August 2016
Dunedin Consort, Magnificat, Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Phantasm are named Finalists
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SAY Award Nomination
13 May 2016
Dunedin Consort's Bach On The Longlist
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01 December 2015
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Dunedin’s Bach is 'Choral & Song Choice' in BBC Music Magazine
18 November 2015
'A beautifully paced, exhilaratingly executed performance'
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Magnificat is 'CD of the Week'
24 October 2015
on BBC Radio 3's 'CD Review'
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Dunedin Consort secure Top 3 Chart Position
23 October 2015
with their recording of Bach's Magnificat
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Concerto
Oratorio: „Das ergibt insgesamt einen entspannten, bassbetonten und doch transparenten Ensembleklang mit einem ungewohnt strahlenden Hör­nerklang...Alle singen und spielen mit großer Ausstrahlung... etwa die liebevoll vokal-in­strumental aufgefächerte Rhetorik in den Chören der Engel, Hirten und Weisen.'' / Magnificat: „Überhaupt präsentiert sich die Aufnahme in einem warmen, abgerundeten Klangbild''
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KMT
”Helt naturligt blev den nyligen släppta friskt glänsande inspelningen...strålande solistprestationer som i Juloratoriet i en ljuvlig återgivning av Juldagens.”
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Fanfare
'The Magnificat is equally magnificent.'
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Early Music Today
5 Stars
Editor's Choice: 'Rarely, very rarely, a recording comes along that because of its content and level of performance seems to be hors concours. This is just such a recording.'
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Iowa Public Radio
2015 Classical Mega-Meta-List: 'It is also the joyous-Bach-Christmas CD of the year. And the performances are so special that even if you already own many recordings of the Magnificat or the Cantata you should hear it.'
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The Herald Scotland
Top 10 Scottish Classical Albums of 2015: #1 spot
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Europadisc
Europadisc 2015 Disc of the Year: 'In the end it was the Dunedin Consort's recording of Bach's Magnificat that gripped us most, not just for its combination of brilliant musicianship and fastidious research, but because the reconstruction as a whole proves such an involving, immersive experience for the listener.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
'A Bach recording that's going to make the air vibrate with joy...a splendid recording.'
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The Sunday Times
'His quintet of soloists are brilliant illusionists, sounding like a crowd in Omnes generationes.'
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The Arts Desk
'This disc's academic credentials are impeccable, but my reasons for loving it are purely musical; John Butt's Bach programme allows us to party as if it was, er, 1723...Essential listening.'
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Sydsvenskan
'John Butt gör en finkänslig och rörlig rekonstruktion av J S Bachs magnifika vesper.'
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Classical MPR
'The effect is reverent and seamless. The musicianship of the singers and the players is flawless, and it's interesting to hear the works in their historical context.'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: ,,Den Aufnahmetechnikern ist ein Meisterstück gelungen...Unser Tipp für die Feiertage!''
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The Herald Scotland
Top 20 Classical Recordings for 2015: 'Hard to imagine a classier Christmas album.'
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YLE Klassinen
'Sekä Magnificat että joulukantaatti ovat säihkyvän jouluisia teoksia, joissa trumpetit raikaavat ja patarummut jylisevät. Toki sijansa saa myös hempeä joulutunteilu.'
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Iowa Public Radio
Flavorful Picks from 2015: 'Linn's recorded sound is rich, glowing, natural, and clear.'
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Financial Times
5 Stars
'It is a brilliant deal: 21st-century listeners get all of Bach's glorious music associated with December 25 1723, performed with zest and imagination, without having to sit through the sermon.'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'Another intriguing and excellently performed project from Butt and his Dunedin Consort: a delightful recreation of what Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig might well have sounded like.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Choral & Song Choice: 'What follows is a holistically conceived, beautifully paced, exhilaratingly executed performance.'
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Rondo Magazine
5 Stars
,,Unter diesen Bedingungen kann auch das bekannte Magnificat in seiner gleißend hellen Es-Dur-Fassung nur eine Freude sein – diese Erwartung bestätigt sich beim Hören: Das ist sehr, sehr wohltuend.''
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'Top of my 2015 Christmas list: outshines just about every other recording of the Magnificat and the cantata.'
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BBC Radio Scotland ‘Classics Unwrapped’
'It’s a magnificent recording…a hearty congratulations on a truly hearty disc. I really, really loved listening to that.'


BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’
'It’s wondrous music.'


Artistxite
,,Die Illusion funktioniert: Man fühlt sich unmittelbar in die besondere Stimmung einer festlichen Vesper hineinversetzt. Butt und sein Ensemble erweisen sich (zum wiederholten Male) als akkurate Spurensucher, die die Unmittelbarkeit des historischen Kontexts für den heutigen Hörer wieder erfahrbar machen.''
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Classical CD Choice
'Quite possibly the most persuasive version of Bach's Magnificat you are likely to hear in modern times.'
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PS Audio
Classical Gifts of 2015: 'Hands down, my first choice this year...'
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Sinfini Music
5 Stars
Best Choral Album: 'Andrew Stewart has heard no finer disc this year than John Butt and the Dunedin Consort's new recording of Bach's Magnificat and Christmas Cantata BWV 63, filled with insight and energy.'
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Merry and Bright Blog
'an excellent record'
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Andrew Everard
'standout'


Early Music Review
'...what is a very good example of John Butt's marriage between arresting scholarship, enormous musicality - the tempi are so naturally right - and pragmatic skills: conceiving and bringing such a complex production to fruition is a huge task, and the whole disc is so coherently musical from the word go. Give it to all your friends for Christmas: this is contextual Bach at its very best.'
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The Irish Times
4 Stars
'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.'
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Classic FM 'Chart'
'superb'


BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
Disc of the Week: '...director John Butt reconstructs for us the kind of sounds you might have heard when Bach celebrated his first Christmas day vespers in Leipzig in 1723…It’s an absolute joy.'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'...yet another astonishing triumph...the musicianship is exquisite; the emotional impact is immediate. This is world class.'
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Europadisc
'Butt and his musicians combine an earthy exuberance with some beautifully sensitive and ethereal singing and playing...this is an enormously satisfying and enjoyable disc, reinforcing yet again the Dunedin Consort's enviable reputation in this repertoire.'
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The Observer
5 Stars
'Another bull's-eye hit from John Butt's Dunedin Consort...brilliantly done.'
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HR Audio
5 Stars
'In all respects this is one of the most enjoyable releases that I have encountered this year and cannot recommend too highly.'
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AllMusic
'The music is splendidly recorded at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, and the end result is a Bach performance that is original in concept and satisfying in details.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'This is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating Bach discs to have come my way...The performance standards are uniformly excellent and the music is life-enhancing.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'Look no further for this year’s essential Christmas disc!'
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