Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Handel & Bach - Dixit Dominus, Magnificat

Rating: 5/5

An excellent disc

This is another excellent disc from Vox Luminis.  I already have several recordings of each of these works but was very happy to try interpretations by this excellent ensemble and they were well up to expectations.

The music itself is, of course wonderful.  Both Bach's setting of the Magnificat and Handel's Dixit Dominus scarcely need any praise from me because they are so well known, so enjoyable and obviously such works of genius.  Vox Luminis do them proud.  There is immense skill and virtuosity here among both singers and players, but it's worn lightly so that the music flows and coalesces completely naturally.  The balance is excellent so the overall sound is lovely (and very well recorded) and there is real emotion throughout -  often joy, but true contemplative spirituality too where appropriate.

I don't think you could do much better for either of these two great works.  This will stand alongside my old, dearly loved recordings by John Eliot Gardiner, Andrew Parrott and others and I can recommend it warmly.

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