Magnificat

Magnificat
Artist Various
Format 14 CD
Cat. number 95928
EAN code 5028421959283
Release October 2019

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From the celebrated classics to the rare recordings, this set brings together 600 years of the Magnificat. Short for Magnificat anima mea Dominum (My soul doth magnify the Lord), it’s also known as The Song of Mary and The Canticle of Mary and makes up part of the Catholic liturgy and Anglican canticles. The Magnificat comes from Luke I: 46-55 and conveys the Virgin Mary’s elation after the revelation that she is carrying the son of God. Throughout the centuries composers have tried their hand at setting this passage to music. This set takes the listener on a trip through time as we begin in the Medieval and Renaissance eras with Josquin, Gibbons and Dowland, passing via Bach, Mozart and Liszt, before arriving at present day interpretations of the sacred text.

The wide time-span and geographies of the composers in this release provide some interesting comparisons. The set opens with a selection of early music composers, the pioneers of choral music, among them Giovanni Legrenzi who was enormously influential in the development of the Italian Baroque style and counted Vivaldi among his students, the latter also featuring on this set. Other influential figures include Gombert, a Franco-Flemish composer who employs double counterpoint, a technique later beloved by Bach, while Dutch composer Adrian Willaert, active during the same era as Gombert, based himself in Venice and was a pioneer in the use of antiphonal effects. Composers from across Europe came to learn from Willaert and took his teachings back to their native countries. Nourished by cross-cultural exchanges, musical in Europe flourished, and in the rest of the release we hear evidence of the ripple effect generated by these early music trail blazers.

The contributions to the Magnificat by 18th- and 19th-century composers such as Mendelssohn, Schubert and Liszt have often been overlooked in favour of their better-known piano works, but they are given due attention here. From an early age Mendelssohn was heavily influenced by Bach, and he composed his own Magnificat at the age of 13. From among the modern composers to have experimented with setting music for the Magnificat, Arvo Pärt is notable for employing his distinctive and meditative compositional procedure, which he calls ‘tintinnabuli’, inspired by the sound of bells. Like Pärt, Kenneth Leighton is also famous for his religious music. His desire to expand his ‘narrowlyBritish’ background and subsequent study under Goffredo Petrassi in Rome makes his music an exciting melting pot of European influences.

This exquisite collection traces the development of choral music through the lens of the Magnificat. Composers able to move and work freely in Europe built on the ideas of their contemporaries blended with those from their native home, while future composers would take their teachings further and adjust them to suit their own ideals. These composers are separated by geography and time, but are unified in their musical quest for divine perfection.

“My Soul magnifies the Lord”, these are the first words of the Magnificat, the earliest known Maria Hymn, incorporated in the Vespers of the Latin Liturgy. It is a song of praise of Maria, thanking the Lord for his mercy in elevating her humble state into the blissful state of pregnancy, through which all future generations will be blessed.
Through all centuries composers have been inspired by the hopeful and glorious message of the Magnificat. This extensive set presents Magnificat setting be a staggering number of 66 composers, from Flemish School Renaissance composers Josquin, Gombert, Fairfax, Tallis, Tomkins, Mundy to Baroque masters Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, to the Romantic Era with Mendelssohn, Schubert, Liszt, Bruckner into the 20th century composers Distler, Penderecki, Tavener, Finzi, and many others.
Another inspiring set of Sacred Music by Brilliant Classics, previous sets having presented the Requiem and Stabat Mater.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Josquin Des Prez: Magnificat
  2. Pierre De La Rue: Magnificat tone IV: I. Magnificat – Et exultavit
  3. Pierre De La Rue: Magnificat tone IV: II. Quia respexit – Quia fecit
  4. Pierre De La Rue: Magnificat tone IV: III. Et misericordia – Fecit potentiam
  5. Pierre De La Rue: Magnificat tone IV: IV. Deposuit potentes – Esurientes
  6. Pierre De La Rue: Magnificat tone IV: V. Suscepit Israel – Sicut locutus
  7. Pierre De La Rue: Magnificat tone IV: VI. Gloria Patri – Sicut erat – Antiphon. “Sancta Maria succurre miseris”
  8. Nicolas Gombert: Magnificat primi toni
  9. Adriaan Willaert: Magnificat sexti toni
  10. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat secundi toni: I. Magnificat – Et exultavit
  11. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat secundi toni: II. Quia respexit – Quia fecit
  12. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat secundi toni: III. Et misericordia – Fecit potentiam
  13. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat secundi toni: IV. Deposuit potentes – Esurientes
  14. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat secundi toni: V. Suscepit Israel – Sicut locutus
  15. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat secundi toni: VI. Gloria Patri – Sicut erat
  16. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat sexti toni: I. Magnificat – Et exultavit
  17. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat sexti toni: II. Quia respexit – Quia fecit
  18. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat sexti toni: III. Et misericordia – Fecit potentiam
  19. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat sexti toni: IV. Deposuit potentes – Esurientes
  20. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat sexti toni: V. Suscepit Israel – Sicut locutus est
  21. Jacobus Vaet: Magnificat sexti toni: VI. Gloria Patri – Sicut erat

Disk 2

  1. William Mundy: Magnificat
  2. Robert Fayrfax: Magnificat regale
  3. Orlando Gibbons: Magnificat in F Major
  4. Thomas Tomkins: Magnificat
  5. Robert Parsons: Magnificat
  6. Thomas Tallis: Magnificat
  7. Thomas Tallis: Magnificat
  8. Thomas Tallis: Magnificat

Disk 3

  1. Girolamo Cavazzoni: Magnificat primi toni
  2. Claudio Merulo: Magnificat del secondo tono
  3. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: I. Antiphona ad magnificat. Virgo prudentissima
  4. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: II. Magnificat
  5. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: III. Et exultavit
  6. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: IV. Quia respexit
  7. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: V. Quia fecit
  8. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: VI. Et misericordia
  9. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: VII. Fecit potentiam
  10. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: VIII. Deposuit potentes
  11. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: IX. Esurientes
  12. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: X. Suscepit Israel
  13. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: XI. Sicut locutus
  14. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: XII. Gloria patri
  15. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: XIII. Sicut erat
  16. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat SV 206:13: XIV. Antiphona ad Magnificat. Virgo prudentissima
  17. Adriano Banchieri: Nuovi pensieri ecclesiastici, Book 3, Op. 35: I. Magnificat primi toni
  18. Costanzo Porta: Magnificat a8
  19. Giovanni Battista Fasolo: Magnificat sexti toni in F Major, Op. 8 No. 28

Disk 4

  1. Luca Marenzio: Magnificat
  2. Francesco Cavalli: Musiche sacre: XVIII. Magnificat a8
  3. Orazio Benevolo: Magnificat
  4. Giacomo Antonio Perti: Magnificat
  5. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: I. Magnificat
  6. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: II. Et exultavit
  7. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: III. Quia respexit
  8. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: IV. Quia fecit
  9. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: V. Et misericordia
  10. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: VI. Fecit potentiam
  11. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: VII. Deposuit potentes
  12. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: VIII. Esurientes
  13. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: IX. Suscepit Israel
  14. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: X. Sicut locutus
  15. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: XI. Gloria patri
  16. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: XII. Sicut erat
  17. Pirro Capacelli Albergati: Magnificat: XIII. Amen
  18. Amante Franzoni: Magnificat

Disk 5

  1. Giovanni Legrenzi: Concerti musicali per uso di chiesa, Op. 1: I. Magnificat
  2. Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina: Magnificat sexti toni a6
  3. Maurizio Cazzati: Salmi e messa, Op. 1: I. Magnificat
  4. Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacrae symphoniae II: XXVII. Magnificat a14
  5. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: I. Sinfonia
  6. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: II. Magnificat
  7. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: III. Et exultavit
  8. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: IV. Quia respexit
  9. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: V. Quia fecit
  10. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: VI. Et misericordia
  11. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: VII. Fecit potentiam
  12. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: VIII. Deposuit potentes
  13. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: IX. Esurientes
  14. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: X. Suscepit Israel
  15. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: XI. Sicut locutus
  16. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: XII. Gloria patri
  17. Giovanni Battista Bassani: Armonici entusiasmi di Davide, Op. 9: XIII. Sicut erat

Disk 6

  1. Cristóbal De Morales: Magnificat octavi toni
  2. Joan Baptista Cabanilles: Magnificat a12
  3. Manuel Cardoso: Magnificat secundi toni
  4. Sebastián De Vivanco: Magnificat octavi toni
  5. Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B-Flat Major: I. Magnificat
  6. Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B-Flat Major: II. Et misericordia
  7. Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B-Flat Major: III. Deposuit
  8. Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B-Flat Major: IV. Suscepit Israel
  9. Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B-Flat Major: V. Sicut locutus est
  10. Francesco Durante: Magnificat in B-Flat Major: VI. Sicut erat

Disk 7

  1. Ludwig Senfl: Communio. Beatam me dicent – Magnificat sexti toni
  2. Hieronymus Praetorius: Magnificat
  3. Heinrich Schütz: Magnificat anima mea, SWV468
  4. Johann David Heinichen: Magnificat in A Major, S.90: I. Magnificat anima mea – Et exsultavit
  5. Johann David Heinichen: Magnificat in A Major, S.90: II. Quia respexit
  6. Johann David Heinichen: Magnificat in A Major, S.90: III. Quia fecit mihi magna
  7. Johann David Heinichen: Magnificat in A Major, S.90: IV. Fecit potentiam
  8. Johann David Heinichen: Magnificat in A Major, S.90: V. Suscepit Israel
  9. Johann David Heinichen: Magnificat in A Major, S.90: VI. Gloria Patri – Sicut erat
  10. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: I. Magnificat anima mea
  11. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: II. Et exsultavit spiritus meus
  12. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: III. Quia respexit humilitatem
  13. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: IV. Vom Himmel hoch
  14. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: V. Quia fecit mihi magna
  15. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: VI. Freut euch und jubilieret
  16. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: VII. Et misericordia eius
  17. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: VIII. Fecit potentiam
  18. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: IX. Gloria in excelsis deo
  19. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: X. Suscepit Israel
  20. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: XI. Sicut locutus est
  21. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: XII. Virga lesse
  22. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: XIII. Gloria patri
  23. Johann Kuhnau: Magnificat mit weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen: XIV. Sicut erat in principio

Disk 8

  1. Alessandro Scarlatti: Magnificat del primo tono
  2. Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Magnificat, H.72
  3. Jean Nicolas Geoffroy: Magnificat du premier ton
  4. Johann Philipp Krieger: Magnificat in C Major
  5. Jan Dismas Zelenka: Magnificat in D Major, ZWV 108: I. Magnificat
  6. Henk Badings: Magnificat in D Major, ZWV 108: II. Suscepit Israel
  7. Henk Badings: Magnificat in D Major, ZWV 108: III. Amen
  8. Dietrich Buxtehude: Magnificat, BuxWV Anh 1

Disk 9

  1. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: I. Magnificat
  2. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: II. Et exultavit
  3. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: III. Et misericordia
  4. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: IV. Fecit potentiam
  5. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: V. Deposuit potentes
  6. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: VI. Esurientes
  7. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: VII. Suscepit Israel
  8. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: VIII. Sicut locutus
  9. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 610: IX. Gloria patri
  10. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: I. Sinfonia
  11. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: II. Magnificat
  12. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: III. Quia respexit
  13. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: IV. Quia fecit
  14. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: V. Et misericordia
  15. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: VI. Fecit potentiam
  16. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: VII. Dispersit superbos
  17. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: VIII. Esurientes
  18. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: IX. Suscepit Israel
  19. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: X. Sicut locutus
  20. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: XI. Gloria patria
  21. Georg Philipp Telemann: Lateinisches Magnificat in C Major, TWV 9:17: XII. Sicut erat
  22. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: I. Magnificat
  23. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: II. Et exultavit
  24. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: III. Quia respexit
  25. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: IV. Quia fecit
  26. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: V. Et misericordia
  27. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: VI. Fecit potentiam
  28. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: VII. Deposuit potentes
  29. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: VIII. Esurientes
  30. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: IX. Suscepit Israel
  31. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: X. Sicut locutus est
  32. Antonio Vivaldi: Magnificat in G Minor, RV 611: XI. Gloria

Disk 10

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: I. Magnificat
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: II. Et exultavit
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: III. Quia respexit
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: IV. Omnes generationes
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: V. Quia fecit
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: VI. Et misericordia
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: VII. Fecit potentiam
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: VIII. Deposuit potentes
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: IX. Esurientes
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: X. Suscepit Israel
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: XI. Sicut locutus
  12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: XII. Gloria patri
  13. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: I. Magnificat
  14. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: II. Quia respexit
  15. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: III. Quia fecit
  16. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: IV. Et misericordia
  17. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: V. Fecit potentiam
  18. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: VI. Deposuit potentes
  19. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: VII. Suscepit Israel
  20. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: VIII. Gloria patri
  21. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Magnificat in D Major, Wq. 215: IX. Sicut erat

Disk 11

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Vesperae solenn es de dominica in C Major, K. 321: VI. Magnificat
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Vesperae solenn es de confessore in C Major, K. 339: VI. Magnificat
  3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Dixit dominus & magnificat in C Major, K. 193: I. Magnificat
  4. Franz Schubert: Magnificat in C Major, D. 486
  5. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: I. Magnificat
  6. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: II. Quia respexit
  7. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: III. Et misericordia
  8. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: IV. Fecit potentiam
  9. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: V. Deposuit potentes
  10. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: VI. Gloria patri
  11. Felix Mendelssohn: Magnificat in D Major: VII. Fuga. Sicut erat
  12. Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony, S. 109: III. Magnificat
  13. Anton Bruckner: Magnificat in B-Flat Major, WAB 24
  14. Hugo Distler: Die Weihnachtsgeschichte, Op. 10: I. Magnificat

Disk 12

  1. Herbert Norman Howells: Magnificat and nunc dimittis: I. Magnificat
  2. Charles Stanford: Magnificat in B-Flat Major, Op. 164
  3. Hubert Parry: Evening Service in D Major: I. Magnificat
  4. Charles Stanford: Evening Service in C Major, Op. 115: I. Magnificat
  5. William Walton: Magnificat and nunc dimittis: I. Magnificat
  6. Edward Rubbra: Magnificat and nunc dimittis in A-Flat Major, Op. 65: I. Magnificat
  7. Gerald Finzi: Magnificat, Op. 36
  8. Kenneth Leighton: Magnificat and nunc dimittis: I. Magnificat
  9. John Travener: Magnificat and nunc dimittis: I. Magnificat

Disk 13

  1. Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat: I. Magnificat
  2. Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat: II. Fuga. Quia respexit
  3. Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat: III. Et misericordia
  4. Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat: IV. Fecit potentiam
  5. Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat: V. Passacaglia. Deposuit potentes
  6. Krzysztof Penderecki: Magnificat: VI. Sicut locutus
  7. Arvo Pärt: Magnificat

Disk 14

  1. John Rutter: Magnificat: I. Magnificat
  2. John Rutter: Magnificat: II. Of a Rose, a Lovely Rose
  3. John Rutter: Magnificat: III. Quia fecit
  4. John Rutter: Magnificat: IV. Et misericordia
  5. John Rutter: Magnificat: V. Fecit potentiam
  6. John Rutter: Magnificat: VI. Esurientes
  7. John Rutter: Magnificat: VII. Gloria patri
  8. Einojuhani Rautavaara: Magnificat: I. Magnificat
  9. Einojuhani Rautavaara: Magnificat: II. Quia respexit – Misericordia
  10. Einojuhani Rautavaara: Magnificat: III. Fecit potentiam
  11. Einojuhani Rautavaara: Magnificat: IV. Suscepit Israel
  12. Einojuhani Rautavaara: Magnificat: V. Gloria patri