Handel Dixit Dominus
JS Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Academy Baroque Players, Alison Bury, leader
Keri Fuge, soprano
Rowan Pierce, soprano
James Hall, countertenor
Matthew Best - conductor
Our next concert reunites us with Alison Bury and the wonderful Academy Baroque Players and some of the brightest young soloists in the country. Keri Fuge, will be appearing with us for the first time in this concert. Keri is a soprano who is rapidly creating a name for herself in both opera and concert repertoire, appearing with the ENO, the Glyndebourne Tour in both baroque and more recent repertoire. The award winning soprano Rowan Pierce has twice performed with us (Mozart C Minor Mass and Handel Messiah in 2018) and is well-established as a favourite of our audience. We are very excited to be brining James Hall to perform in Wimbledon. James will be appearing this season at Glyndebourne (Rinaldo) and is rapidly establishing himself among the front rank of the new generation of countertenors.
Our programme features some of the most virtuosic choral writing of the baroque periods. Born within 7 years of each other, Vivaldi, Handel and Bach each contributed so much to one of music's greatest periods. Vivaldi's Gloria is of course rightly famous as a particular favourite among choirs and audiences alike. The 22 year old Handel was both influenced and inspired by the virtuosic compositional style prevalent in Italy when he wrote Dixit Dominus, a famously challenging sing as well as one of the great musical achievements of the baroque period. Twenty years later in Leipzig Singet dem Herrn was first performed and was to go on to entrance Mozart. Like Dixit also a setting of the words of a psalm (149 rather than Handel's text which was drawn from psalm 110), Bach's composition is scored for double choir and asks huge amount from its performers.