Search - George Frederick Handel, Scholars Baroque Ensemble :: Handel: Dixit Dominus, Salve Regina, Nisi Dominus / Scholars Baroque Ensemble

Handel: Dixit Dominus, Salve Regina, Nisi Dominus / Scholars Baroque Ensemble
George Frederick Handel, Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Handel: Dixit Dominus, Salve Regina, Nisi Dominus / Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1

Handel's setting of the Dixit Dominus is a comparatively early work, written in 1707 when he was in Rome voraciously absorbing the rich Italianate music of baroque masters such as Corelli and Scarlatti. It remains a popula...  more »

     
?

Larger Image
Listen to Samples

CD Details


Synopsis

Amazon.com
Handel's setting of the Dixit Dominus is a comparatively early work, written in 1707 when he was in Rome voraciously absorbing the rich Italianate music of baroque masters such as Corelli and Scarlatti. It remains a popular piece, perhaps because although it's a sacred work it still exudes all the larger-than-life exuberance of the composer's maturity. The other two psalm settings here--Nisi Dominus and Salve Regina--date from the same year, making this disc a thoughtful snapshot of the young composer before London and the opera house claimed his affections entirely. The Scholars Baroque Ensemble have previously recorded Messiah for Naxos, and, like that performance, this one will win many fans but alienate others. Using period instruments and performing without a conductor, the Ensemble believes in paring down works to the minimum number of instruments, which usually means one voice and one instrument per part, all rigorously performed with the minimum of vibrato. Such an approach gives far greater clarity to the instrumental and vocal textures--each part is exposed to the closest scrutiny--but for listeners weaned on the "inauthentic" Handel of Beecham, Sargent, or even Marriner, the sound will seem uncomfortably Spartan. Given the long and varied history of performing Handel, both traditions have their own validity. Showman that he was, one suspects that Handel would have opted for the biggest group available to him for maximum effect, but the impeccable precision of The Scholars Baroque Ensemble offers an insight into how this splendid music may have sounded in 1707. --Mark Walker

Similarly Requested CDs

 

CD Reviews

Best recording by far
Rowena Ravenscroft | 05/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though I am a huge Handel fan and own hundreds of Handel recordings, I have never liked this extremely famous work. I have a couple of other recordings, and I've always wondered what everyone sees in it, what in fact made Mendelson tear up when he got a chance to look at the score when he was a young man. This recording (which I heard on the radio) made a believer out of me. I can tell you that until you listen to it performed this way (despite the Amazon reviewer who seems to think that in 1707 Handel would have used a large choir to perform it--uh, no--Handel did not use large choirs to perform anything until the 1740s), you have not really heard the piece. If you love Handel, buy or download this recording immediately."
5 starts!
JCR | Arlington, Virginia | 08/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What an incredible value for the quality of the recording. Highly recommend that you one for yourself and two or three to give away as presents (for those lovers of good music)."