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This disc brings together two settings of the Vespers Psalm 110 ‘Dixit Dominus’. Handel’s youthful piece completed in Rome in 1707 is well known, while Vivaldi’s, the latest of three settings by him was only identified less than ten years ago and consequently, as yet is hardly known at all. The two settings are strongly contrasted. Handel’s, in G minor and scored for strings, offers early instances of his dramatic flair especially in the choruses, while Vivaldi’s, in D major, has an expressive intimacy and greater tonal variety afforded by the inclusion of a trumpet and two oboes in the chorus ‘Judicabit in nationibus’. The third item is a showy motet for solo soprano with strings sung with warmth and athleticism by Lucy Crowe. David Bates directs all with liveliness and a fluent feeling for style. I enjoyed some solo contributions more than others but the disc is unlikely to disappoint readers.

Nicholas Anderson Read the full review on Agora Classica


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