Magnificat BWV243 and BWV243a by Johann Sebastian Bach is set
for five part choir (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor and Bass), and five
soloists (Soprano 1 and 2, Alto Tenor and Bass). We provide rehearsal aids for
both choir and soloists.
Magnificat in D (BWV243) is the most popular of the two versions. The
E flat major version (BWV243a) has all the same movements as the D major with an
additional four sections or interpolations intended for use at Christmas. With
reference to these four sections, the Kalmus edition states that these are
supposed to be sung by soloists and not the regular choir, however in practice
three of them are often sung by the choir, probably more so than by soloists.
Our recordings cover both options. The four additional sections are generally
published after the Magnificat, and that is how we present our recordings.
The BWV243a sections are only in the E flat version have been transposed to
fit with this D major recording for the Magnificat.
Vom Himmel hoch is usually sung unaccompanied, - because a continuo is published
and sometimes used it has been used for our recording.