Bach. Cantatas Bwv 78, 147 & 150. Magdalena Consor

Album cover art for upc 723385352143
Label: Channel Classics
Catalog: CCS SA 35214
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Daniel Taylor (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Magdalena Consort, Peter Harvey

Bach, J.S.: Cantatas BWV78, 147 & 150 - Recreation for the Soul

Bach’s ambition to compose liturgical music for the entire church calendar produced a wealth of sacred cantatas. Around two hundred have survived, and are an eloquent expression of his opinion that, “true music should be for the honor of God and the recreation of the soul”. This collection features three of Bach’s best-loved cantatas performed by the Magdalena Consort led by Peter Harvey. Vocal lines are sung one-to-a-part, in the style originally championed by Joshua Rifkin, which lends these performances an air of chamber music. Harvey, who also sings the bass part, is joined by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, alto Daniel Taylor and tenor James Gilchrist.

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