Pachelbel: Magnificat

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 777707-2
Format: COMPACT DISC

Grobe, Ralf; Kobow, Jan; Winter, Veronika; Wijers, Hans; Richter, Sören; Bierwirth, Anne; Himlische Cantorey; Siedlaczek, Ina

The present recording spreads out before us the rich musical panorama covered by Pachelbel’s Magnificat compositions. We do not know what we should admire more about these works: the complexity of the contrapuntal and concerto textures or the naturalness and cantability of the part writing. In addition, we have Pachelbel’s great variation artistry, which constantly brings forth new formal designs, instrumental combinations, and focal points on the basis of one and the same text. Moreover, the natural flow of Pachelbel’s music includes a steady stream of musical rhetorical interpretations, and the richly pictorial Magnificat text offers plenty of opportunities for them. On this recording two sacred concertos and a Mass in three movements complement the four very different Magnificat settings and serve as contrasts to them.

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