Al fresco - Handel: Dixit Dominus / Simon Preston

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
>Handel, George Frideric : Nisi Dominus, psalm, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G, HWV 238
>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...With Dixit Dominus the 22-year-old composer suddenly surprises us with an apparently unprepared display of musical competence and invention, and in a substantial piece of Latin church music involving chorus. While guesses may be made about Handel's previous experiences of church music in Halle, Hamburg and in Italy, the development of his personal style that led to this confident treatment of a large-scale ensemble of soloists, chorus and orchestra is hidden from us." -Donald Burrows

BBC Music Magazine
Soloists clearly relish their vocal pyrotechnics, showing off the qualities through which they later became top names. Absence of sleeve notes undermines appreciation of the work.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Leigh Dixon; Simon Birchall; John Ainsley (Tenor); Arleen Augér; Lynne Dawson
  • Conductor: Simon Preston
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Nisi Dominus, psalm, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G, HWV 238
  • Performers: Leigh Dixon; Simon Birchall; John Ainsley (Tenor); Arleen Augér; Lynne Dawson
  • Conductor: Simon Preston
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
  • Performers: Leigh Dixon; Simon Birchall; John Ainsley (Tenor); Arleen Augér; Lynne Dawson
  • Conductor: Simon Preston
  • Ensemble: Westminster Abbey Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707