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Händel - Gloria


Gramophone: Editor's Choice; Penguin Guide 3 stars.

This is, quite simply, a real find. Händel's "new" Gloria – discovered in the library of the Royal Academy of Music proves to be a work of true substance written for a coloratura soprano of the utmost brilliance and alternating very rapid and "flashy" passages with slower, heartfelt sections as befits the changes of mood of the liturgical text. Emma Kirkby rises magnificently to the challenge with her combination of vocal virtuosity and musical intelligence, to which she adds her inimitable communicative skills. She is vigorously supported by the Royal Academy's own – excellent - baroque orchestra conducted by Laurence Cummings who is head of historical performance at the Academy (as well as pursuing a very successful performing career). This wonderful performance of a "new" jewel in Händel's crown leaves the listener elated, if slightly out of breath!
The"new" Gloria is supported on the disc by a famed performance of Händel's Dixit Dominus with no less a star than Anne Sofie von Otter singing the alto part and with the redoutable Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble.
 
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  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Gloria 16:05
01 Gloria in excelsis Deo 02:32 $ 0.38 USD
02 Et in terra pax… 02:29 $ 0.37 USD
03 Laudamus te… 01:10 $ 0.18 USD
04 Gratias agimus tibi… 00:54 $ 0.14 USD
05 Domine Deus… 01:29 $ 0.22 USD
06 Qui tollis… 04:23 $ 0.66 USD
07 Quoniam to solus sanctus… 01:05 $ 0.16 USD
08 Cum Sancto Spiritu… 02:03 $ 0.31 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Dixit Dominus 31:31
09 Choir: Dixit Dominus Domino meo… 06:03 $ 0.91 USD
10 Alto solo: Virgam virtutis tuae… 02:47 $ 0.42 USD
11 Soprano solo: Tecum principium… 03:04 $ 0.46 USD
12 Choir: Juravit Dominus… 02:18 $ 0.35 USD
13 Choir: Tu es sacerdos… 01:38 $ 0.25 USD
14 Solo ensemble and choir: Dominus a dextris tuis… 06:15 $ 0.94 USD
15 Soprano duet and choir: De torrente in via bibet… 03:02 $ 0.46 USD
16 Choir: Gloria Patri et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto… 06:24 $ 0.96 USD
 
  Album total 47:36
ComposerHändel, Georg Friedrich
ConductorCummings, Laurence
SopranoKirkby, Emma
Martinpelto, Hillevi
OrchestraRoyal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra
ChoirStockholm Bach Choir
ConductorÖhrwall, Anders
EnsembleDrottningholm Baroque Ensemble
AltoOtter, Anne Sofie von

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