Handel Dixit Dominus
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Handel Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 12
Emma Walshe soprano
Martha McLorinan mezzo-soprano
Ivor Setterfield conductor
Barts Choir presents three Baroque masterpieces. Alongside Vivaldi’s evergreen Gloria is the less familiar Magnificat which, in its 15 minutes, contains some of his most original vocal writing. Both works – as many of his instrumental and choral works – were written for the talented pupils of the Pietà orphanage in Venice and feature the virtuoso writing for strings for which he was famous.
In the early 1700s, the 22-year-old Handel was in Rome, and Dixit Dominus has all the hallmarks of a young man in a hurry, with elaborate contrapuntal writing for strings and voices to rival Corelli and Vivaldi, illustrating the different verses of this Vespers psalm.
The influence of Corelli is apparent again in Handel’s late Concerto grosso, which also pays tribute to his own teacher, Zachow, in a “borrowed” fugue subject.
Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. interval)
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