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Netherlands Bach Society and La Nouvelle Menestrandie

J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" (Channel Classics) and Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (Ambronay).

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Photo: CCR Ambronay Millot Qobuz

Leonardo García Alarcón, director of La Nouvelle Menestrandie.

J.S. Bach: Magnificat

Recordings of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat are always a pleasure to listen to. The Netherlands Bach Society’s new Channel Classics release is no different. Directed by Jos van Velhoven, the terrific cast of singers and instrumentalists also perform Bach’s cantata #243 to great effect.

J.S. Bach: “Under Mund sei voll Lachens,” BWV 110, Aria “Wacht auf”
Netherlands Bach Society/Jos van Veldhoven — J.S. Bach: Magnificat (Channel Classics, 2010)
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Henry Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

Henry Purcell’s famous mini-opera “Dido & Aeneas” gets a vibrant reading by La Nouvelle Menestrandie and Cappella Mediterranea (directed by Leonardo García Alarcón). The depictions are all quite vivid: Aeneas is the classic jerk, Dido makes it all about her, and the Witches are creepy as ever.

Henry Purcell: “Fear no danger”
La Nouvelle Menestrandie and Cappella Mediterranea/Leonardo García Alarcón — Dido and Aeneas (Ambronay, 2010)
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J.S. Bach: “Under Mund sei voll Lachens,” BWV 110, Aria “Wacht auf”
Netherlands Bach Society/Jos van Veldhoven — J.S. Bach: Magnificat (Channel Classics, 2010)
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J.S. Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243, Chorus “Glora Patri”
Netherlands Bach Society/Jos van Veldhoven — J.S. Bach: Magnificat (Channel Classics, 2010)
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Henry Purcell: “Fear no danger”
La Nouvelle Menestrandie and Cappella Mediterranea/Leonardo García Alarcón — Dido and Aeneas (Ambronay, 2010)
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Henry Purcell: Prelude “Come away” and Sailor’s Dance
La Nouvelle Menestrandie and Cappella Mediterranea/Leonardo García Alarcón — Dido and Aeneas (Ambronay, 2010)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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