CPE Bach: Magnificat

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CPE Bach: Magnificat


Presto Disc of the Week

10th February 2014

Gramophone Awards 2014

Winner - Baroque Vocal

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2014

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10th Feb 2014




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CPE Bach: Magnificat

Bach, C P E:

Magnificat in D, Wq. 215 (H772)

Heilig (Te Deum Laudamus), Wq. 217 (H778)

Symphony in D major, Wq. 183/1 (H663)

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto), Lothar Odinius (tenor) & Markus Eiche (bass)

RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann



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On April 9, 1786, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach conducted a charity concert in Hamburg featuring three of his finest and most representative works: the Symphony Wq 183/1, the Magnificat (written in 1749 in the hope of succeeding his father as Cantor in Leipzig) and his stupendous 'Heilig' for double choir, of which he wrote, "It will be my swan song of this kind, and will serve to ensure that I shall not soon be forgotten after my death."

Released to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the composer's birth, this recording recreating the programme of this historic concert confirms the prophetic nature of the composer's words. Hans-Christoph Rademann leads the RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a stellar cast of soloists (including soprano Elizabeth Watts) in definitive recordings of these fascinating and innovative works.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat, Wq. 215

1. Chor. Magnificat anima mea Dominum

2. Arie. Quia respexit humilitatem (S)

3. Arie. Quia fecit mihi magna (T)

4. Chor. Et misericordia eius

5. Arie. Fecit potentiam in bracchio suo (B)

6. Duett. Deposuit potentes de sede (A, T)

7. Arie. Suscepit Israel puerum suum (A)

8. Chor. Gloria Patri et Filio

9. Chor. Sicut erat in principio

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Heilig ist Gott, Wq. 217

1. Ariette. Herr, wert, daß Scharen der Engel (A)

2. Chor der Engel und Völker. Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sinfonie D-Dur, Wq. 183

I. Allegro di molto

II. Largo

III. Presto

The Observer

2nd February 2014


“Hans-Christoph Rademann finds eloquence in the choral music and lets the Berlin Akademie rip with edgy tone in the symphony.”

Sunday Times

16th February 2014

“Chorus and orchestra launch the work in exhilarating style, as Bach emulates his father’s trumpety celebratory style, but with Vivaldian panache...This is a glorious disc.”

The Independent

22nd February 2014


“The three works featured here represent what C P E Bach considered his finest achievements...The arias and chorales in his Magnificat echoes his father J S Bach’s Mass in B minor, as if emphasising his lineage... rendered with grace by the Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin.”

Presto Classical

Chris O'Reilly

10th February 2014

“There are some really sumptuous sonorities in this music and the temptation in performance must sometimes be to overplay them. That is never the case here though, as the careful balance between expression and restraint seems very well judged throughout.”

BBC Music Magazine

April 2014


“a fine reconstruction of the second half of a concert [CPE Bach] conducted in Hamburg on Palm Sunday, 1786. So vivacious is the choral singing and orchestral playing under Hans-Chrisoph Rademann that it's a shame they did not include every work from that occasion.”

Early Music Today

May 2014

“The energetic and committed performances of the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor under Hans-Christoph Rademann make this music a joy to listen to ... an excellent introduction to C.P.E Bach’s work.”

MusicWeb International

11th April 2014

“Hans-Christoph Rademann gets some splendid playing from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and directs the performance with flair and evident empathy for the music.”

International Record Review

April 2014

“’Vitality’ is the essential ingredient of the performances recorded here … Elizabeth Watts shapes her phrases beautifully with a sure sense of direction … thrilling stuff.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2014

“Rademann and his Berlin forces make the strongest possible case for it, with fresh, athletic choral singing, playing of crackling, fizzing energy and excellent solo work...This is the finest recording of CPE’s choral masterpiece I have heard....set to be one of the discs of the CPE anniversary year.”

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