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Gloria/Dixit Dominus/Gloria Fo

G/Gardiner;J-Monteverdi Keith Audio CD
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Un disque Haendel/Vivaldi : rien de très original a priori. Et pourtant, ce nouvel enregistrement de John Eliot Gardiner nous révèle une œuvre magnifique et oubliée de Haendel. C'est en mars 2001 que le professeur Marx, de Hambourg, annonça la découverte de cette partition dans l'imposante bibliothèque de la Royal Academy of Music de Londres. De nombreux éléments furent ensuite réutilisés par Haendel dans d'autres ouvrages. Les musicologues ne savent pas encore si elle fut composée en Allemagne ou plus tard, lors du séjour de Haendel en Italie. Reste un étonnant Gloria sans chœur, pour voix soliste, à la fois virtuose et bouleversant. L'interprète choisie, la jeune soprano canadienne Gillian Keith, lauréate du prix Kathleen Ferrier, est aussi une révélation qui fera parler d'elle, grâce à un art de la vocalise et une musicalité stupéfiants. Créé à Rome, le fameux Dixit Dominus est un psaume au caractère bouillonnant et haletant, qui connut un succès sans relâche. Comme le Gloria de Vivaldi, composé, en 1716, pour célébrer la victoire des Vénitiens sur les Ottomans. Sous la baguette vigoureuse et habitée de John Eliot Gardiner, le Monteverdi Choir et les English Baroque Soloists brillent de tous leurs feux. --Franck Erikson

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5.0 out of 5 stars I beg to disagree! Jan. 4 2002
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I have Gardiner's old 1978 Gramophone winning recording of Dixit Dominus and it does sound more outgoing and in-your-face than this present recording...the choir being more "aggressive" sounding then, as if they were out to establish a name/reputation for themselves.
This recording is not "disdainful" or "languid!" Far from it! I have several choral conductor friends who appreciate the many subtleties of this recording over the 1978 version by Gardiner or the newer one from Minkowski. The string playing is outstanding...I guess John Eliot now has a deeper understanding of this work after 20 years! I would surmise that he understood that the work's tension not only rests on the voices of the singers and the choir, but also in the orchestral writing as well...listen to the tight crecendos in the string section in movement 5! It's menacing, jubilatory, tempered with enough balance of the intellect that keeps it from becoming "dull"
I see this recording as a valedictory one for John Eliot and his forces...a visionary who doesnt need to show off nor a conductor who's out to impress someone with loud voices and heavily accented/staccato readings(that was him a few decades ago!).
Get this record! Its wonderful stuff! But you also ought to get the 1978 recording of the Dixit Dominus (though it has less music in it, only Handel's Zadok the Priest is included).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another valuable account of Handel's Gloria June 17 2002
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Gillian Keith or Emma Kirby? That one will run and run, I imagine. Both this recording by Keith and John Eliot Gardiner and Emma Kirby's radiant performance on the premiere with Laurence Cummings and the Royal Academy of Music's Baroque Orchestra (BIS, June 2001) have much to commend them. For me, Kirby's experience puts her a little ahead, but by contrast Gardiner calls forth richer instrumental tones from his players. We now also have other choices. The Gottingen Handel Festival Edition is a live recording from their 3 June 2001 gala performance with Dominique Labelle, soprano, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and conductor Nicholas McGegan. And the Baroque Academy of Montreal offer another period instrument rendition on Atma Classique (ACD2 2215), accompanied by Bach and Vivaldi 'Glorias'.
Unquestionably, Gardiner's thoughtful account of the 'Dixit Dominus' is to be preferred to the archive one from 1986 on the BIS CD. But why the Vivaldi? There are better versions out there, and Gardiner of all people would have been capable of coming up with another matching Handel offering - say a Motet like 'Saeviat tellus inter rigores' or the Psalm 'Nisi Dominus'.
Still, this is a worthwhile disc. Handel's 'Gloria' is new enough to the general listening public to require a variety of interpretations and approaches. For my money Kirby will remain the benchmark soloist, but Keith has offered a spirited response
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars, and lucky to get that Dec 28 2001
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I always approach a Gardiner recording hoping for the same thrill that his Monteverdi Vespers unfailingly give me, and I am disappointed again and again. Too often tempos are wrong-headed, balances are bizarre, soloists erratic, and the leadership deliberately willful. It seems that his flamboyance found perfect expression in Venice's San Marco one week in the late 80s. Since then.....sigh.
I'm giving this disc two stars only because of the Handel Gloria, which is indeed an attractive and inventive little piece, well sung and played. The Vivaldi is unexceptionable. The real outrage is the Dixit Dominus, one of the most vivid and exciting works in the choral repertoire. It's performed here in a languid, disdainful fashion, at tempos that jog peacefully along without urgency and with signers (both choral and solo) who sound barely interested in the force of the text or the drama of its setting. "We sing this sort of thing all the time" is the attitude, and it's deadly to this piece, which notorious for its vocal demands. Making it sound easy makes it sound dull.
Try, instead, Marc Minkowski's recent Deutsche Grammaphon version: it's recorded triumphantly live with soloists who will rock your world, and includes most of the rest of Handel's Italian music. This was a young man seeking to make an impression, and boy does he! Gardiner's Handel sounds like a bored Brill Building hack, pumping out another cantata to pay the rent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I beg to disagree! Jan. 4 2002
By "johnmonteverdi" - Published on Amazon.com
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I have Gardiner's old 1978 Gramophone winning recording of Dixit Dominus and it does sound more outgoing and in-your-face than this present recording...the choir being more "aggressive" sounding then, as if they were out to establish a name/reputation for themselves.
This recording is not "disdainful" or "languid!" Far from it! I have several choral conductor friends who appreciate the many subtleties of this recording over the 1978 version by Gardiner or the newer one from Minkowski. The string playing is outstanding...I guess John Eliot now has a deeper understanding of this work after 20 years! I would surmise that he understood that the work's tension not only rests on the voices of the singers and the choir, but also in the orchestral writing as well...listen to the tight crecendos in the string section in movement 5! It's menacing, jubilatory, tempered with enough balance of the intellect that keeps it from becoming "dull"
I see this recording as a valedictory one for John Eliot and his forces...a visionary who doesnt need to show off nor a conductor who's out to impress someone with loud voices and heavily accented/staccato readings(that was him a few decades ago!).
Get this record! Its wonderful stuff! But you also ought to get the 1978 recording of the Dixit Dominus (though it has less music in it, only Handel's Zadok the Priest is included).
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardiner's Gloria is exquisite Dec 23 2004
By Peter Brawley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most thoughtful, deeply spiritual account of Vivaldi's Gloria I've ever heard. Tempos are appropriately quick when they should be, slower and contemplative when they should be. The voices are supreme. The instruments are astonishingly rich. No trace of the brass-band kitsch that too many other versions fall into.

For lovers of the Vivaldi Gloria, a must-have.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another valuable account of Handel's Gloria June 17 2002
By Simon Barrow - Published on Amazon.com
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Gillian Keith or Emma Kirby? That one will run and run, I imagine. Both this recording by Keith and John Eliot Gardiner and Emma Kirby's radiant performance on the premiere with Laurence Cummings and the Royal Academy of Music's Baroque Orchestra (BIS, June 2001) have much to commend them. For me, Kirby's experience puts her a little ahead, but by contrast Gardiner calls forth richer instrumental tones from his players. We now also have other choices. The Gottingen Handel Festival Edition is a live recording from their 3 June 2001 gala performance with Dominique Labelle, soprano, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and conductor Nicholas McGegan. And the Baroque Academy of Montreal offer another period instrument rendition on Atma Classique (ACD2 2215), accompanied by Bach and Vivaldi 'Glorias'.
Unquestionably, Gardiner's thoughtful account of the 'Dixit Dominus' is to be preferred to the archive one from 1986 on the BIS CD. But why the Vivaldi? There are better versions out there, and Gardiner of all people would have been capable of coming up with another matching Handel offering - say a Motet like 'Saeviat tellus inter rigores' or the Psalm 'Nisi Dominus'.
Still, this is a worthwhile disc. Handel's 'Gloria' is new enough to the general listening public to require a variety of interpretations and approaches. For my money Kirby will remain the benchmark soloist, but Keith has offered a spirited response
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Haendels. You will love this cd July 9 2014
By Karina Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful music and a very well produced cd.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music Feb. 15 2014
By kennel girl - Published on Amazon.com
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I was in a choir in high school that performed this music. I am now 60 something, and I wanted to bring back fond memories. This recording filled the bill. I am pleased with it.
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