Bach, Kuhnau, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir / Ton Koopman - Magnificat

Published Wednesday 19th January 2005
Bach, Kuhnau, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir / Ton Koopman - Magnificat


STYLE: Classical
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: EuroArts 2053419
FORMAT: DVD Music video

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

If this were a CD release your reviewer would be singing its praises. The musical content is interesting: we open with "Magnificat In C Major" by Johann Kuhnau, a neglected composer who was Bach's predecessor as cantor at St Thomas's church in Leipzig. Next we move on to "Meine Seel Erhebt Den Herren" by Bach himself (BWV 10) and then his "Magnificat In E Flat Major' (BWV 243a) which, it has to be said, is magnificent. Ton Koopman and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir are supremely competent in the field of period music and do the music full justice. As an audio release this is outstanding. But there is a "but". This is a DVD release and this is where the problem lies. All the performers are in the correct place: up in the musicians' gallery above the nave - where there is hardly room for a fiddler to bend her elbow. As this is a live recording with an audience down below I imagine the poor camera crew were very restricted and given that St Thomas's Church is a Protestant building with very little ornamentation there is very little to look at. So we get an audio treat but visually there is little of interest.

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