From darkness to light


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Magnificat! Magnificat!

The background


This varied Christmas programme starts in the Renaissance and ends with Bach’s masterly Magnificat.

A thousand years of Christmas music“

In this ingenious programme, singer and conductor Alex Potter leads the listener via Bach’s early predecessors to his masterly Magnificat. Along this musical path from darkness to light, we hear both the anticipation of advent and the joy of Christmas. Ranging from monophonic Gregorian to radiant polyphony, and from intimate solos to overwhelming tutti, it reaches its absolute highlight with Bach’s magnificent rendition of the Virgin Mary’s Magnificat. In between Bach's music, we perform some Christmas carols that Bach inserted in the first version of the Magnificat, according to the tradition of the time. The ensemble plays and sings not only on the stage, but also in other parts of the church or concert hall, treating their audience to an unforgettable evening.

The concert

Works and Performance


Johann Sebastian Bach
Magnificat with Christmas additions

Johann Hermann Schein
Veni redemptor gentium
Verbum caro factum est

Tobias Michael 
Das Volk, so im Finstern wandelt 

Nicolaus Adam Strungk
Chaconne ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern‘ 

Orlandus Lassus
Angelus ad Pastores ait 

Illuminare Jerusalem 
Grates nunc omnes
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Veni redemptor gentium

Johann Kuhnau
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Andreas Hammerschmidt 
Machet die Thore weit


Netherlands Bach Society
Alex Potter, countertenor and direction
Bojan Čičić, concert master

Miriam Feuersinger, soprano I
Kristen Witmer, soprano II
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Stephan MacLeod, bass


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Latin church music, BWV 243