- Audio CD (June 1 2010)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Erato
- ASIN: B00000J2Q5
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|1. Deus in adjutorium meum intende|
|2. Antiphon I: Pulchra es et decora|
|3. Dixit Dominus Domino meo|
|4. Virgam virtutis tuae|
|5. Recum principium|
|6. Juravit Dominus|
|7. Tu es sacerdos|
|8. Dominus a dextris tuis|
|9. De torrente|
|10. Gloria Patri|
See all 24 tracks on this disc
|1. Antiphon IV: Benedicta filia tua Domino|
|2. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit|
|3. Varum est vobis ante lucem surgere|
|4. Cum dederit delectis suis somnum|
|5. Sicut sagittae in manu potentis|
|6. Beatus vir|
|7. Gloria Patri|
|8. Antiphon IV: Benedicta filia tua Domino|
|9. Antiphon V: Speciosa facta es|
|10. Psalm V: Lauda Jerusalem Dominum|
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I also liked the soloists and the choir and the orchestra. I did feel some of the tempos were a bit faster than was flattering to the soloists and the choir: it seemed they were SO fast that the notes could not even be sung well. And I generally like fast tempos especially by clear voices, as these are. I just felt the tempos were too fast at times. I, like the other reviewer, wanted printed texts included: how much can it cost to add two pages to the album liner?
Otherwise it's a fine recording that sheds an interesting light on some of Handel's early works.
Though these works are early pieces by Handel (from his brief sojourn in Italy) they show his genius as clearly as many of his more celebrated later works.
If you're a Handel devotee, like me, you might want to add this to your collection.
Parrott marshalls a famous cast including Emma Kirkby, Emily van Evera, Mary Nichols and David Thomas. The black mark (again Mr Branson) no texts. Fair enough most listeners to this repertoire know the words to Nisi Dominus and Salve Regina, but who knows the lyrics to Saeviat tellus inter rigores? Can't help but feel Virgin are being cheap on us here.