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Magnificat BWV 243

Johann Sebastian Bach

Magnificat Wq 215

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach


The Magnificat, a sublime canticle sung by the Virgin Mary after the Annunciation, in versions by Bach the elder and his son. A musical and spiritual lineage.

Hans-Christoph Rademann
Hans-Christoph Rademann © Holger Schneider


Mirjam Feuersinger soprano
Marie Henriette Reinhold
Patrick Grahl tenor
Markus Eiche basse

Hans-Christoph Rademann direction
Gaechinger Cantorey Choir and Orchestra

Approximate running time
1st part: 30mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 40mn

Before composing his Magnificat in the autumn of 1723, during his first year as Cantor in Leipzig, we know that Johann-Sebastian Bach copied other works devoted to the canticle of Mary. Despite this, and unlike other scores by the musician, the composition bears no traces of external influences. There are two versions of this major score in existence. The first version was written in E-flat major (BWV 243a) and was then reworked ten years later into a second version in D major (BWV 243). The richness, variety and power of this work make it one of Bach’s most personal and accomplished pieces. The Magnificat by his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel dates from 1749 and was written to obtain the post of Cantor at Leipzig. This monumental work lasting almost an hour makes its mark with its epic scale and the dazzlingly rich orchestration. The talent of the Bach family spans the generations.

Production MPSZ Associates