|Comments:||Cordelia Black said:|
The cantata BWV 10 is by far the more interesting of the pieces on this interesting CD. Martin Luther's German Magnificat forms the libretto for this charmingly set (and seldom heard) work. I love the mix of recitative, solo and choral settings. The wonderfully admonitory bass aria goes well with the German words ('sulphur pools' and the wrath of god get a good mention!) - the duet with alto and tenor is also worth looking out for. This cantata is one of the few I can sing along to; full of variety and feeling. The soloists are all very earnest, and the boy sopranos of the excellent Regensburg choir (here singing on home turf) make for yet another touch of period authenticity.
The Latin Magnificat is the more 'unusual' version, the earlier one in E flat. The recorders in the 'esurientes' are a difference I like (though the alto has a voice that may not appeal to all tastes); also, note the differences in the melodies between the Magnificat in D and in E (which incidentally crop up in the 'esurientes', among other places.)
Besides this, Magnificat has all the things going for it that any version of the piece does. Chopping out the da capo arias makes the work roll along at a comfy pace, the structure is well worked-out, and the return to the opening theme makes the whole thing more cohesive and generally classier than most cantatas. The Domspatzen have produced a good example of how the Magnificat should be, provided an accurate 'setting' without being boring or succumbing to pedantry, and have risen to the challenge of reworking a rather familiar piece. Definitely of value both as a curiosity and as an eminently listenable addition to the JSB collection.