Three Magnificats composed by members of the Bach family, three magnificent worlds brought to life by La Chapelle de Québec under maestro Jonathan Cohen for a brilliant start to the season. From the sublime mastery of Bach the father to the exuberance of his younger son Johann Christian, with the passionate verve of Carl Philipp Emanuel in between, this promises to be a memorable event.
J.S. Bach’s famous Magnificat is one of the greatest works in the entire choral repertoire. Its dazzling orchestration and inspiring melodies give full rein to the orchestra and choir to put on a true musical celebration. Carl Philipp Emanuel pays tribute to his father’s work in his equally superb Magnificat by adding his own modern touches. It is an ambitious piece as luminous as it is sensitive. Finally, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec will perform Johann Christian Bach’s Magnificat, the most concise of the three works on the same exhilarating text. J.S. Bach’s youngest son composed it while in Milan, and you can hear the influence of the Italian symphony and opera of the time.
Magnificat, Wq. 215, H. 772
Magnificat en ré majeur, BWV 243
Magnificat, W E22