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Handel in Rome, 1707

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, October 2016
Articulate concerto grosso strings and Maria Espada's nuanced singing convey panache in the flamboyant big aria 'Vacill= per terror del primo errore'... Dixit Dominus smacks the listener with compulsive vividness... the choir of nearly 30 voices is muscular and often unbridled... but the choral singing is disciplined with regards to rhythmical energy and text...the brawniness of full-blooded fugues and extrovert tone will appeal to anyone who relishes plenty of guts in Handel's choral music.

Sunday Times, 28th August 2016
A performance of exhilarating directness by Giulio Prandi's choir and consort, using modest "choral" forces of six singers. The imperative "Monteverdian" setting of the word "conquassabit" sounds more exciting than ever before. The cantatas are sung with bright tone by Maria Espada.

The Guardian, 4th August 2016
Dixit Dominus sounds spirited and shapely, if not ideally pointed; the higher choral voices especially seem far back in the mix. British soprano Rachel Redmond impresses among a mixed bag of soloists. Handel geeks will be more excited by the two relatively unfamiliar cantatas.


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