Magnificat – My Soul praises the Lord’s Greatness
Magnificat D-major — solo, choir & orchestra, MWV A 2
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Magnificat D-major — solo, choir & orchestra, Wq 215 – H 772
The magnificat is the canticle of Mary. She uses it to announce the birth of Jesus Christ and the arrival of the festive season. In this prayer, god is eugolised as the one who heals the hungry and broken, and dispossesses the rich and powerful.
From numerous magnificat-settings, these composed by Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach were chosen to be played at the concert. Many parallels within the compositions, have inspired the collocation of this musical program.
Both composers were influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach. For Carl Phillip, being the second son of J.S. Bach, the influence seems quite evident, while for Mendelssohn J.S. Bach was the great idol for contemporaneous compositors. However, both composers helped establish new essential musical genres: the sensitive style of Carl Philipp, and the romtanticism of Mendelssohn
The canticles were the first important composition for Carl Philipp as well as for Mendelssohn:
Carl Philipp intended to call attention to himself, having in mind to become his fathers successor at Friedrich I's court in Leipzig, while Mendelssohn composed the canticle at the young age of 13, already including somewhat of an own "style" that can be recognized in many other of his compositions.
The concert is a pulsating trip through musical history, and its participants invite the audience to join them.
At 3pm: An introduction to the canticles is given by Frau Dr. Christine Blanken (Bach-Archives in Leipzig)
Großer Chor der Singakademie Frankfurt (Oder)
Awardees of the international Johann-Sebastian-Bach competition Leipzig:
Marie Friederike Schöder (soprano)
Benno Schachtner (alto)
Dávid Szigetvári (tenor)
Matthias Winckhler (basso)
Rudolf Tiersch (conductor)