Händel: Dixit Dominus; Vivaldi: Magnificat

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat in G minor, RV 610

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat in G minor, RV 610
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"Handel's 1707 setting of Ps. 110 is now recognized as the composer's first great choral masterpiece, establishing a standard for himself for the rest of his career. I can find over a dozen recordings of it on my shelves. This release joins them in honor, if not in absolutely prime place...Roschmann and Spagele are predictably excellent...Still, this is mainly a showpiece for the chorus. The mixed-voice choir of 32 singers here is fully up to its tasks, singing with notable strength and precision...The performance as a whole has great vigor and stylish propulsiveness, creditable to Toll's fine leadership. The sound, too, is very fine." - American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kirche St. Martin in Müllheim, Baden (01/04/1992-01/06/1992).



Reviews

Shoulda been mid-price
"Dixit Dominus" by Handel and the Magnificat of Vivaldi may not be their composers' best known pieces, but these two choral works provide the material for some lively and forceful music making under the baton of Winfried Toll. The Freiburg chorus is first-rate, spinning off their divisions--the Handel is, in most movements, even faster than Gardiner's 2001 version!--and providing some nicely shaded dynamics, too. Note the appearance (uncredited on the disc sleeve) of Dorothea Roschmann as one of the two soprano soloists. Texts only provided in Latin and German, typically for this label, but these are not hard to find. The bad news: at 47:23, this is woefully short timing for a full-price CD. Otherwise, I can't imagine many listeners being unhappy with the performance or sound.
Submitted on 06/21/10 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Mona Spagele (Voice); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Ekkehard Abele (Bass); Tobias Hiller (Tenor); Hans-Jorg Mammel (Voice)
  • Conductor: Winfried Toll
  • Notes: Kirche St. Martin in Müllheim, Baden (01/04/1992-01/06/1992)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Magnificat in G minor, RV 610
  • Performers: Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Ekkehard Abele (Bass); Tobias Hiller (Tenor); Hans-Jorg Mammel (Voice); Mona Spagele (Voice)
  • Conductor: Winfried Toll
  • Notes: Kirche St. Martin in Müllheim, Baden (01/04/1992-01/06/1992)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1713-1719