Dunedin Consort - J.S. Bach: Magnificat - Merry and Bright Blog
I am no expert in classical music, and am not knowledgeable enough to write a detailed critical review of the recording. However, I can tell you that, as a fan of nearly all types, styles, and genres of Christmas music, this is an excellent record. Celebrations of Christmas through music have a history centuries long, and preserving the spiritually moving compositions from the past is a crucial task. We, as Christmas music fans, must recognize with much appreciation the music that preceded our list of 'classics'. "Magnificat" was first performed over 200 years before what we consider classic Christmas songs. To me, everyone who considers themselves to be a true Christmas music aficionado must return to the earliest compositions as an appreciation of the sounds of the season. This recording of the Leipzig Vespers is a meditation. Listen on a quiet night, low light, just you and the music.