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Handel: Dixit Dominus; Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus; Concerto No. 4 / Choir of The QueenÆs College, Oxford

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Dixit Dominus (no 4), motet for soloists, chorus, 3 violins & continuo
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Concerto grosso no 4 in G minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following five critically acclaimed and immensely popular recordings for AVIE, the Brook Street Band embarks on their most ambitious project to date: a recording with the estimable student Choir of the Queen's College, Oxford, that pairs - for the first time ever - the two settings of the Dixit Dominus written by Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel. On this recording the massed forces are joined by five of Britain's brightest young singers: soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, mezzo-sopranos Esther Brazil and Sally Bruce-Payne, tenor Guy Cutting, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook.

Early Music Review
An exquisitely pure sound ... [Owen Rees is] an impressive conductor.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
I enjoyed Sally Bruce-Payne's intelligent singing and Tatty Theo's conversational cello obbligato...The fresh-voiced choir offer an enjoyable juxtaposition of soft shapeliness and clear diction.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
Rees's perceptive direction keeps the contrasting layers balanced and he has assembled a strong solo team- headed up by Elin Manahan Thomas and Matthew Brook - to complement the attentive playing of the Brook Street Band.

MusicWeb International, 14th November 2013
The bass aria [Dominus a dextris tuis] is one of the highlights, also because of the fine performance by Matthew Brook...One of the nicest parts is the duet 'De torrente' from Handel's setting, which is exquisitely sung by Elin Manahan Thomas and Esther Brazil.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxfor (01/07/2013-01/09/2013).



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>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Dixit Dominus (no 4), motet for soloists, chorus, 3 violins & continuo
  • Performers: Guy Cutting (Treble); Elin Thomas (Soprano); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Owen Rees
  • Ensemble: Choir of The QueenÆs College, Oxford
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Concerto grosso no 4 in G minor
  • Performer: Rachel Harris (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rachel Harris
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Guy Cutting (Treble); Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Owen Rees
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707