HAN­DEL: DIXIT DOMINUS; ZADOK THE PRI­EST; ODE FOR THE BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ANNE

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Apollo’s Singers, Apollo’s Fire/Jean­nette Sor­rell

Avie AV 2270 ★★★★ This disc fo­cuses on Han­del as prag­ma­tist and mas­terly mu­si­cal chameleon: a young Ger­man Protes­tant set­ting a psalm in Latin in the style of Catholic Italy; a re­cent ar­rival in Eng­land adopt­ing English mu­si­cal man­ners in a birthday ode for an anti-Ger­man queen; and, later, a pil­lar of the mu­si­cal es­tab­lish­ment, writ­ing a coro­na­tion ode for one of her suc­ces­sors. The Cleve­land­based baroque or­ches­tra Apollo’s Fire frame their live record­ings with an in­tro­duc­tory tim­pani solo by Phili­dor and the cho­rus The Lord Shall Reign from Han­del’s Is­rael in Egypt. With un­fussy mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by Jean­nette Sor­rell, it re­ally has the feel of a concert ex­pe­ri­ence. url.ie/e8oo

MICHAEL DERVAN

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