DUNEDIN CON­SORT/ JOHN BUTT

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John Butt’s Dunedin Con­sort here of­fers a re­con­struc­tion of Bach’s first Christ­mas Ves­pers in Leipzig in De­cem­ber 1723. The ma­jor works, the Mag­ni­fi­cat in E flat and Can­tata No 63, Chris­ten

ätzet diesen Tag, are in­ter­leaved with other mu­sic. There’s an open­ing motet, Hodie Chris­tus

na­tus est, by Gio­vanni Gabrieli, or­gan pieces, and full-voiced con­gre­ga­tional chorales. With just 10 voices and an orches­tra not quite dou­ble that in num­ber (four of them trum­pets) the scene is set for mu­sic-mak­ing that’s lu­cid and fes­tive, cap­tured in sound that’s both in­ti­mate and full. A spir­ited Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with a dif­fer­ence. lin­nrecords.com

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