Bach - Magnificat in D (2010)

Bach

The Netherlands Bach Society

Jos Van Veldhoven

Dorothee Mields, Charles Daniels, Johannette Zomer

"All the music on this CD is associated with the festival of Christmas. Bach wrote the cantata Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (BWV 110) for morning service on Christmas Day 1725, and the first version of the Magnificat in E flat major (BWV 243a) for Vespers on Christmas Day 1723, seven months after the Leipzig town council appointed him cantor of the Thomaskirche. It would hardly be exaggerating to say that Bach thus presented his visiting card to his new employer. According to the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, the work is his "first really large-scale and complex piece of church music". Christmas was not the only occasion to sing the Magnificat text, however, for it was also a standard part of the Vespers liturgy. This may explain why Bach made a second version some years later (in D major, BWV 243). For a Christmas CD in the year 2010 it is obviously attractive to add new movements to Bach's Magnificat, entirely in keeping with the tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His own choice, in the E flat major version, remains unsurpassed. By adding extra Christmas music to the second version in D major, however, a new and unexpected form arises which lends the performance a certain topicality. What is more, it gives us the opportunity to present Bach with several Netherlands composers of the seventeenth century." Jos van Veldhoven

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Jos Van Veldhoven

Jos van Veldhoven studied musicology at Utrecht University, and choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory in TheHague. He has been artistic director of TheNetherlands Bach Society since 1983, in which capacity he regularly directs performances at home and abroad of the major works of JohannSebastian Bach, his predecessors and contemporaries.Van Veldhoven also directs the UtrechtsBarok Consort, which he founded in 1976. With these ensembles he has made a great number of national and international radio, tv and cd The Netherlands Bach Society recordings, and has appeared in festivals in theNetherlands, Europe, the United States and Japan.Jos van Veldhoven is a frequent guest conductor with Dutch and foreign orchestras, including DasOrchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, The TokyoPhilharmonic Orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie, the Essener Philharmoniker, theBrabant Orchestra and the Limburg SymphonyOrchestra. Since 2001 he has collaborated with director Dietrich Hilsdorf on a cycle of stage dHandel oratorios at the opera houses of Bonn,Chemnitz and Essen.Jos van Veldhoven has attracted frequent attention with performances of newly discovered repertoire within the realm of early music, including noteworthy performances of oratorios by Telemann and Graun, Vespers by Gastoldi,reconstructions of Bach’s St Mark Passion, theso-called Köthener Trauer-Music and many unknown seventeenth-century dialogues. VanVeldhoven has conducted many contemporary premieres of Baroque operas by composers including Mattheson, Keiser, Andrea, Bononcini,Legrenzi, Conti and Scarlatti.Jos van Veldhoven is professor of choral conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory and theRoyal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2007 he was appointed Knight of the Order of the NetherlandsLion for his pioneering services to early music.

Johannette Zomer

After several years as a microbiologist, Dutch SopranoJohannette Zomer trained at the Sweelink Conservatorium,Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel. She currently studieswith Diane Forlano.Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlowith the Nationale Reisopera and has gone on to sing Belinda– Dido & Aeneas, La Musica & Euridice – L’Orfeo,Gassman’s Opera – Seria, Dalinda – Ariodante, Ilia – Idomeneo,Pamina – Die Zauberflöte and Amanda – Le GrandeMacabre for the company. She has also sung Oberto in Alcinaat the Komische Oper. On the concert platform she has aenviable reputation as a baroque specialist working with manyof the top conductors in the field such as Ton Koopman,Frans Bru?ggen, René Jacobs, Reinhardt Goebel and PaulMcCreesh as well as collaborating for 20th century and contemporaryrepertoire with Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding,Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös. Herrecent engagements have included Bach B Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Bru?ggen, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo with the Bamberger Symfoniker/Christian Zacharias.She regularly gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd with whom she has recordedSchubert Songs for Alpha Records and is a member of the early music ensembles Compania Vocale andAntequera with whom she sings Neapolitan and Spanish baroque repertoire and medieval Cantigas.Johannette’s recent and future plans include projects of Handel and Frank Martin with the RiasKammerchor/Daniel Reuss; Bach and Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman,Handel with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Gluck and Buxtehude with The Netherlands Bach Soc

The Netherlands Bach Society

Founded in 1921, The Netherlands Bach Society is the oldest Early Music ensemble in the Netherlands, and possibly in the whole world. Yet along with the musicians, its artistic director Jos van Veldhoven is still continually in search of contemporary ways of presenting this music, whether it be the traditional performances of the St. Matthew Passion in Naarden, other works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) or music by his predecessors, successors, contemporaries and fellow spirits.

The programmes are often compiled in an original way and thus give a refreshing view of the various musical styles from Schütz/Monteverdi to Haydn/Mozart, as well as of the central composer Bach himself. The flexibility of the ensemble makes it possible to perform works from the secular and sacred repertoires in a great variety of combinations of musicians. In the concerts, top priority is given to beauty, emotion, quality and authentic experience.

For a long time now, the activities of The Netherlands Bach Society have not been restricted to Naarden or Het Gooi, in the Netherlands. They are attracting growing national and international attention from large concert halls and important music festivals, and the ensemble increasingly plays the honourable role of cultural ambassador.

Besides working with principal conductor Jos van Veldhoven, The Netherlands Bach Society also performs with leading early music specialists from the Netherlands and abroad, such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Peter Dijkstra, Richard Egarr, Gustav Leonhardt, Paul McCreesh, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Masaaki Suzuki.

In order to reinforce the authentic experience, the concerts are supported where necessary by fringe programming, including introductions, workshops, exhibitions and book publications. Further emphasis is provided by the educational projects, which have also received several awards (e.g. Euro Media Award and the Classical Music Award from the Dutch Association of Theatres and Concert Halls (VSCD)).

The Netherlands Bach Society and Jos van Veldhoven have recorded several CDs for Channel Classics, including the Great Organ Mass with the organist Leo van Doeselaar and Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Illustrated editions of the Christmas Oratorio, the St. John Passion and the Mass in B minor have been published in collaboration with Museum Catharijneconvent.

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Bach - Magnificat in D (2010)

Bach

The Netherlands Bach Society

    Opusklassiek

(…) de vocale en instrumentale articulatie is op alle fronten op topniveau en trekt het authentieke ensemble slechts zelden een wissel op de technische afwerking (…) (…) het bijna etherische 'Esurientes implevit bonus' van de altus William Towes is dan weer ware balsem voor de ziel. De bijdragen van de solisten en het koor in de cantate en het Magnificat zijn verder ronduit exemplair. Men proeve voorts alleen maar de sopraan Dorothee Mields in het 'Quia respexit humilitatem' van het Magnificat en de bas Stephan MacLeod in 'Wachet auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder' in de cantate, met de sublieme trompetbegeleiding van Robert Vanryne. De opname (december 2009, concertzaal in Tilburg) is al evenmin gering: brandschoon, transparant maar kernachtig, met een mooie bas als toegift.

Opusklassiek

    Gereformeerd Dagblad

(…) Een en al blijdschap in de stralende opening met het Magnificat anima mea Dominum (…) Een hele bijzondere cd.

Gereformeerd Dagblad

    Classics Today

(…) This is terrific Bach singing and playing, and even if you already own one or two or three Magnificats, you won't be sorry to add this one--so vibrant and fresh-sounding, and possessed of the hopeful, optimistic spirit of the texts and music. And the sound, well, Channel Classics has a lock on whatever combination of technical know-how and magic is involved in making consistently demonstration-quality recordings. Don't hesitate to include this in your holiday-season acquisitions. Highly recommended.

Classics Today

    Luister

(...) het is plezierig om de Bach Vereniging met Bachs cantate-oeuvre bezig te horen (...) Mooie stem van de countertenor Willian Tower.

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    Opus Haute Définition

(...) The Dutch group that Jos van Veldhoven directs delivers a musical message of pristine beauty. And in the two works the solo parts transport us as fully as does the direction, with Dorothee Mields (soprano), Johannete Zomer (soprano), William towers (alto), Charles Daniels (tenor), Stephan MacLoed (bass). This is a great accomplishment, in an exemplary sound recording that respects tones and acoustics.

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    Fanfare

(...) The performances are absolutely first-rate...It's all there: the majesty, the mystery, the joy.(...)

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Bach - Magnificat in D (2010)

Bach

The Netherlands Bach Society

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jos van Veldhoven, Paul Janse
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Tilburg Holland 2010
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Unser Mund sei voll Lachens
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Ihr Gedanken und ihr Sinnen
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder
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Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (bwv 110) - Alleluja! Gelobt sei Gott
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Magnificat anima mea Dominum
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Et exsultavit spiritus meus
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Hoe schoon lichtet de morghen ster (1)
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Quia respexit humilitatem
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Omnes generationes
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Quia fecit mihi magna
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Currite, pastores (2)
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Et misericordia
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Fecit potentiam
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - O Jesulein, mein Jesulein (3)
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Deposuit potentes
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Esurientes implevit bonis
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe (4)
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Suscepit Israel
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Sicut locotus est
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Magnificat in D major (bwv 243) - Gloria Patri
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