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AV 2274

Handel & Scarlatti - Dixit Dominus

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

The Brook Street Band


Owen Rees


Sally Bruce-Payne

- (alto)

Matthew Brook

- (bass)

Elin Manahan Thomas

- (soprano I)

Esther Brazil

- (soprano II) [17-18]

Guy Cutting

- (tenor)

Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford



Venue:

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford

7-9 Jan 2013

Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

David Hinitt



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 62:18
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ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI

 

Dixit Dominus

 
1 I Dixit Dominus 2:58
  (SATB soli & chorus)  
2 II Virgam virtutis tuæ (S solo) 2:32
3 III Tecum principium (A solo) 3:26
4 IV Juravit Dominus 3:12
  (SATB soli & chorus)  
5 V Dominus a dextris tuis (B solo) 2:22
6 VI Judicabit in nationibus 2:08
  (SA soli & chorus)  
7 VII De torrente (SA soli) 3:06
8 VIII Gloria Patri 4:27
  (SATB soli & chorus)  
 

Concerto no.4 in G minor

 
  directed from the violin by Rachel Harris  
9 I Allegro 2:13
10 II Grave 2:07
11 III Vivace 1:01
   
 

GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL

 

Dixit Dominus HWV 232

 
12 I Dixit Dominus 5:34
  (SAT soli & chorus)  
13 II Virgam virtutis tuæ (A solo) 2:49
14 III Tecum principium (S solo) 3:02
15 IV Juravit Dominus (chorus) 2:20
16 V Tu es sacerdos (chorus) 1:40
17 VI Dominus a dextris tuis 6:35
  (SSATB soli & chorus)  
18 VII De torrente 4:08
  (SS soli & chorus)  
19 VIII Gloria Patri (chorus) 6:38
   

Avie AV 2274

Handel and Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus – Elin Manahan Thomas, Esther Brazil, Sally Bruce-Payne, Guy Cutting, Matthew Brook, Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, Owen Rees (director), The Brook Street Band

Following five critically acclaimed and immensely popular recordings for Avie, The Brook Street Band embarks on its most ambitious project to date: a recording with the estimable student Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford that pairs for the first time ever the two settings of Dixit Dominus by Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel. Both works were written in Rome in the early eighteenth century. Handel composed his within a year of arriving in the musical capital, possibly influenced by the setting by Scarlatti, though the date of the elder Italian’s work is not precisely known. Indeed it has been suggested that the twenty-two-year-old Lutheran was attempting to outdo Scarlatti with his masterly grasp of large-scale sacred music for the Roman rite. In between these two grand Vespers, The Brook Street Band serves up a palate cleanser in the form of an instrumental concerto in G minor by Scarlatti.

On this recording the massed forces are joined by five of Britain’s brightest young singers: the soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, mezzo-sopranos Esther Brazil and Sally Bruce-Payne, tenor Guy Cutting, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook.





Following five critically-acclaimed and immensely popular recordings for AVIE, The Brook Street Band embark on their most ambitious project to date: a recording with the estimable student Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, that pairs for the first time ever the two settings of the Dixit Dominus written by Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel. Both works date from early 18th century Rome, Handel’s within a year of his arriving in the musical capital, and possibly influenced by Scarlatti’s work, though the date of the elder Italian’s composition is not precisely known. Indeed it has been suggested that the 22-year-old Lutheran was attempting to outdo Scarlatti with his masterly grasp of large-scale sacred music for the Roman rite. In between these two grand Vespers, The Brook Street Band serve up a palette cleanser of an instrumental concerto in G minor by Scarlatti.
 
On this recording the massed forces are joined by five of Britain’s brightest young singers: soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, mezzo-sopranos Esther Brazil and Sally Bruce-Payne, tenor Guy Cutting, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook.

"... there is an intelligence, flow, and a sensitivity to word-settings that is admirable, with singers and chorus of high quality, all in clear and well-balanced sound..."

John W Barker - American Record Guide - September/October 2013


                      Performance ****        Recording ****

"...When the two works go head to head (as here for the first time on disc), Scarlatti’s beautifully crafted setting is undeniably worth hearing - out to show his adopted city that ’when in Rome’ he could ’do as the Romans so’, only beter. Yet andel buried hs Italian colleagures full fathom five with a work of irestistable  vigour, charisma and harmonic inventiveness.  Handel’s opening chorus, and the concluding ’Gloria Patri’ proves a glorious earful. Owen Rees’s perceptive direction keeps the contrasting  layers balanced and he has assembled a srong solo team - headed up  by Elin Manahan Thomas and Matthew Brook - to complement the attentive playing of the Brook Street band."

Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - September 2013





*****
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