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Handel * Mozart * Vivaldi: Handel Dixit Dominus

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel * Mozart * Vivaldi: Handel Dixit Dominus

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Handel * Mozart * Vivaldi

Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV232 Mozart Dixit et Magnificat, K193 Vivaldi Dixit Dominus, RV595 Marta Matheu, Marta Bayodi-Hirtsops Anthony Roth Costanzo counterten Makoto Sakurada ten Furio Zanasi bass La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall Alia Vox (F)[SACD] AVSA9918 (69' * DDD/DSD * T/t) Recorded live at L'Auditori de Barcelona, June 1, 2015

An unusual coupling, this, reflecting the fact that the recording comes from a concert, given in the Auditori in Barcelona. The ordering, too, is more 'concert' than 'disc', with the star piece--Handel's dazzling Dixit Dominus--at the end rather than up at the front. Still, it's interesting to be able to compare these versions of the much-set psalm, despite the fact that (or perhaps especially as) it's unlikely that any of the composers involved could have known the others' settings. Vivaldi's is one of two that he made, and though it borrows some of its music from other composers, it is typically and brightly Vivaldian, its most striking moments being a portentous solo trumpet to evoke the Last Judgement, and gently trickling strings for 'He will drink of the torrent'. …

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