Bach: Magnificat & Helmschrott: Lumen (CD)

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Concerto de Bassus, Franz Hauk

Shortly after taking up the position of Thomaskantor in Leipzig in 1723, Bach wrote a Magnificat in E flat major for performance at Christmas. Around a decade later he revised the work, transposing it down to D major and making it more concise. Utilizing a Biblical text, the piece is suffused with a series of memorable arias and choruses and orchestrated with spectacular grandeur. Lumen is a contemporary musical dialogue that urges empathy between the three Abrahamic religions. Translating the oratorio form into a ‘unity of diversity,’ Robert M. Helmschrott has converted the poetry of the Old and New Testaments, the Torah and Qur’an into an interfaith ‘language of sounds and singing.’

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JS Bach Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
1. Magnificat (Chorus)
2. Et exsultavit spiritus meus (Soprano 2)
3. Quia respexit humilitatem (Soprano 1)
4. Omnes generationes (Chorus)
5. Quia fecit mihi magna (Bass)
6. Et misericordia (Alto, Tenor)
7. Fecit potentiam (Chorus)
8. Deposuit potentes (Tenor)
9. Esurientes implevit bonis (Alto)
10. Suscepit Israel (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto)
11. Sicut locutus est (Chorus)
12. Gloria Patri (Chorus)

Helmschrott Lumen
13. Part I: Tempus praeteritum (Die vergangene Zeit)
14. Part II: Tempus praesens (Die gegenwärtige Zeit)
15. Part III: Tempus posterum (Die kommende Zeit)


Sophia Korber and Anna Karmasin (sopranos), Theresa Holzhauser and Florence Losseau (altos), Markus Schafer and Robert Sellier (tenors), Andreas Mattersberger and Niklas Mallmann (basses), Concerto de Bassus, Franz Hauk