Théâtre des Champs Élysées


Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach's most famous sacred work, drawing on the text of the Canticle to Mary inspires the deep joy and humility of faith

Composed in 1726, BWV 243

Masaaki Suzuki  direction 

Hana Blažiková  soprano
Joanne Lunn  soprano
Robin Blaze  counter tenor
Zachary Wilder  tenor
Dominik Wörner bass-baritone

Bach Collegium Japan 

Complementary program
Bach  Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, cantata BWV 21
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, cantata BWV 170


Approximate running time
1st part: 35mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 50mn

Before composing his Magnificat in autumn 1723, during his first year as a cantor in Leipzig, we know that Bach copied, or asked his wife and elder son Friedmann to copy, other pages devoted to the canticle of Mary. Despite this and its departure from the musician’s other scores, there is no trace of any external influence on his composition. There are two versions of this major score: the first was written in E-flat major (BWV 243a) then reworked for a second version in D major (BWV 243). The richness, variety and expressive power of this piece make it one of Bach’s most personal and accomplished works.


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