Nun komm der Heiden Heiland – Cantata BWV 61
Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt – Cantata BWV 151
Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Pierlot conductor
Composed for Christmas 1723, when Bach had just taken up his new post as Leipzig Cantor, the Magnificat is a jubilant work, one of those in which the deep joy, confidence and humility of faith are most clearly expressed. Overwhelmed from beginning to end by the breath of joy and radiating an infectious optimism, it has never ceased to captivate the listener for three centuries by the variety of its writing and the brilliance of its instrumental colour.