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Handel: Dixit Dominus, etc /Minkowski, Massis, Kozena, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Saeviat tellus inter rigores, motet for soprano, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in D major, HWV 240
>Handel, George Frideric : Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, chorus & orchestra in D, HWV 237
>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Marc Minkowski's recording with Les Musiciens du Louvre is a delightfrom start to finish. The 26-voice choir produces an unabashedly mixed-chorus sound that suits the excitement of Handel's choral writing. The instrumentalists play with great boldness and precision...Minkowski and company, while true to historical performance practice...present these early Handel works as vibrant music to be taken seriously, not just period pieces." -Gatens, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These pieces, written in Handel's early twenties, embody a kind of excitement and freedom, and a richness of ideas, that come from his contact with a different tradition and a sudden realisation that the musical world was larger and less constricted than he had imagined, tucked away in provincial middle and north Germany. You can hear him stretching his musical wings in this music. And it certainly doesn't fail to take off in these very lively performances. The quickish tempos habitually favoured by Marc Minkowski are by no means out of place here. The Saeviattellus, although little recorded, is pretty familiar music, as Handel recycled most of it, notably the brilliant opening number in Apollo e Dafne and the lovely 'O nox dulcis' in Agrippina. This is a solo motet, as too is the Salve regina, notable for the expressive vocal leaps and chromatic writing in the 'Ad te clamamus' and the solo organ and string writing in the 'Eia ergo' that follows.

Laudate pueri, which uses a choir, is another fresh and energetic piece: the choir of the Musiciens du Louvre do their pieces in rousing fashion, and there's some happy oboe playing, as well as fine singing from KoOená, earlier on, in particular in the hugely spirited 'Excelsus super omnes'. The biggest item is the Dixit Dominus, where the choir sings very crisply. The illustrative settings of 'ruinas' tumbling down through the registers, and the 'conquassabit' that follows, are truly exciting; and the long closing chorus is done with due weight at quite a measured pace. These splendid performances truly capture the spirit of these marvellous pieces.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Saeviat tellus inter rigores, motet for soprano, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in D major, HWV 240
  • Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, chorus & orchestra in D, HWV 237
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
  • Performer: Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Patrick Henckens (Tenor); Magdalena Kozená (Voice); Kevin McLean-Mair (Tenor); Marcos Pujol (Bass)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 29 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707