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Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne; Dixit Dominus

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  1. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: I. Solo "Eternal Source of Light Divine" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: II. Solo e Coro "The Day That Gave Great Anna Birth" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: III. Solo "Let All the Winged Race With Joy" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: IV. Soli e Coro "Let Flocks and Herds Their Fear Forget" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: V. Duetto e Coro "Let Rolling Streams Their Gladness Show" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: VI. Duetto "Kind Health Descends On Downy Wings" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: VII. Duetto e Coro "The Day That Gave Great Anna Birth" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: VIII. Solo e Coro "Let Envy Then Conceal Her Head" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: IX. Solo e Coro "United Nations Shall Combine" $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Dixit Dominus: I. Coro "Dixit Dominus" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Dixit Dominus: II. Aria "Virgam Virtutis Tuae" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Dixit Dominus: III. Aria "Tecum Principium in Die Virtutis" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Dixit Dominus: IV. Coro "Juravit Dominus" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Dixit Dominus: V. Coro "Tu Es Sacerdos in Aeternum $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Dixit Dominus: VI. Soli e Coro "Dominus a Dextris Tuis" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Dixit Dominus: VII. Soli e Coro "De Torrente in Via Bibet" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Dixit Dominus: VIII. Coro "Gloria Patri, Et Filio" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composed to celebrate the birthday of Queen Anne of England, Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne was subtitled ‘Ode for the Peace’ in reference to the Treaty of Utrecht which marked the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. Six years earlier, the 22-year-old composer brought the techniques he learned from writing Italian opera to his sacred music. The result was the powerful, intensely passionate Dixit Dominus. Marcus Creed leads the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in de? nitive readings of these works, which feature the glorious voice of counter-tenor Andreas Scholl. Scholl has consistently collected the top international awards for his many solo and ensemble recordings (most notably Gramophone Awards for Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo).

Composed to celebrate the birthday of Queen Anne of England, Handel's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne was subtitled 'Ode for Peace" in reference to the Treaty of Utrecht which marked the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. Handel also brought the techniques of Italian opera to his composition, Dixit Dominus. These performances feature the Award-winning counter-tenor, Andreas Scholl as primary soloist.

BBC Music Magazine
The unbridled spontaneity of Handel's music... is nowhere more evident than in Dixit Dominus... this is music unsurpassed in his maturity. The 21 voices of the Berlin choir sing with clarity, verve and, in the Gloria, dazzling fast runs - and there's no holding back as the tempo increases... Of the soloists, Andreas Scholl is outstanding...

Gramophone Magazine
Handel composed Dixit Dominus in Rome in April 1707 shortly after he had turned 22. Creed commands astonishing power and precision, immaculate choral attack and blend (the concluding "Gloria" is fantastically colourful yet disciplined), and lively playing from his Berliners. There is compelling momentum in the dramatic opening and extrovert movements, and gentle beauty from the strings in "De torrente"...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2008).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Malcolm Bennett (Tenor); Hélène Guilmette (Countertenor); Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Marcus Creed
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707