Bach & Kuhnau Magnificats for Advent

December 6, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Visitors to a manger, one on an elephant, offer gifts to a newborn.
Nativity scene (German Baroque)

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra joins Vox Luminis, the Belgian early music vocal ensemble led by Lionel Meunier, to bring us a program for Advent featuring Magnificats and festival cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Kuhnau, a veritable polymath, as well as Bach’s contemporary and predecessor as Kantor of Leipzig. Recorded live in concert in Freiburg im Breisgau’s Konzerthaus.

Thanks to WFMT’s Association with the European Broadcasting Union and our thirty-day stream following tonight’s broadcast, you can enjoy this program throughout the holiday season. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the link is accessible.


Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)
Uns ist ein Kind geboren

Johann Kuhnau
Magnificat in C

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Magnificat in D, BWV 243a

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232
– Dona nobis pacem

Vox Luminis
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Lionel Meunier, conductor