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Handel: Dixit Dominus; Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne; Zadok the Priest

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fans of early music expect the works of George Frederick Handel to have the distinctive colors of Baroque instruments, authentic ornamentation, brisk tempos, and lean ensembles. But few have experienced the variety and energy of Cleveland-based Apollo's Fire, whose historically informed performances of Handel's choral music are impressive in their bravura style, richness of details, and joyous vitality. The ode "Eternal Source of Light Divine," the coronation anthem "Zadok the Priest," the psalm "Dixit Dominus," and the chorus "The Lord Shall Reign" from "Israel in Egypt" are treated with the finest period techniques on this 2012 release from Avie, but are also given ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Fans of early music expect the works of George Frederick Handel to have the distinctive colors of Baroque instruments, authentic ornamentation, brisk tempos, and lean ensembles. But few have experienced the variety and energy of Cleveland-based Apollo's Fire, whose historically informed performances of Handel's choral music are impressive in their bravura style, richness of details, and joyous vitality. The ode "Eternal Source of Light Divine," the coronation anthem "Zadok the Priest," the psalm "Dixit Dominus," and the chorus "The Lord Shall Reign" from "Israel in Egypt" are treated with the finest period techniques on this 2012 release from Avie, but are also given credible interpretations that really speak of the era. For example, the opening track of J.D. Philidor's "Batteries des timballes," which has been chosen as an introduction to the chorus "God Save the King" from "Zadok the Priest," is a vigorous and virtuosic display, typical of Handel's showmanship and the kind of exuberant readings Jeannette Sorrell and her musicians like to deliver. There are gorgeous solos from soprano Kiera Duffy and mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, and the streamlined Apollo's Singers are both crisp in their diction and fluid in their lines. The orchestra is also deserving of high praise for its mix of polished playing at soft levels and boisterous sound in the loudest passages. Taken altogether, this is a vital album of choral favorites that is exciting for its faithfulness to Handel's time and admirable for its spirited use of Baroque practices.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Avie
  • UPC: 822252227024
  • Catalog Number: 2270
  • Sales rank: 5,102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258: Processional: Batteries de Timballes / God Save th - Jacques Danican Philidor & George Frideric Handel (1:59)
  2. 2–8 Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal Source of Light Divine), HWV 74 - George Frideric Handel & Luca dellaRobbia (20:42)
  3. 9–10 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Luca dellaRobbia (5:11)
  4. 10 Dixit Dominus, psalm - Anonymous & George Frideric Handel (1:01)
  5. 12–19 Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232 - George Frideric Handel & Luca dellaRobbia (32:56)
  6. 13 Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: The Lord Shall Reign - George Frideric Handel & Luca dellaRobbia (2:54)
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