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Handel: Dixit Dominus; Stefani: Stabat Mater

Album Summary

>Steffani, Agostino : Stabat Mater, for 6 voices & organ
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Sixteen adds to its stunning Handel collection with a brand new recording of Dixit Dominus set alongside a little-known treasure - Agostino Steffani's Stabat Mater. Full of virtuosity, vibrant color, and dynamic energy, Handel's Dixit Dominus is one of his earliest autographed works and captures the Italian style of the period. By comparison, Steffani's Stabat Mater was one of his last compositions. This work is the most powerful expression of Steffani's religious fervor and - outside opera - his largest, most varied, and most heartfelt composition.

Gramophone Magazine
The Sixteen's sincere and nourishing performance does glorious justice to Steffani's profoundly moving and lovely setting. The Sixteen's Dixit Dominus... retains only three musicians from two decades ago, and it is a markedly stronger interpretation - dramatically astute, plenty of weight in the dramatic G minor opening, and unbridled (yet never unfocused) choral singing...



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Works Details

>Steffani, Agostino : Stabat Mater, for 6 voices & organ
  • Performers: Jeremy Budd (Voice); Grace Davidson (Soprano); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Jeremy Budd (Voice); Grace Davidson (Soprano); Mark Dobell (Tenor); Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen (Choir)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707