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O Praise The Lord - Handel: Psalms And Anthems


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83421   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas WellerDieter WagnerIris-Anna DeckertFranz Vitzthum,   ... 
Conductor:  Jochen M. Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella PrincipaleGli Scarlattisti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HANDEL Nisi Dominus. Laudate pueri. I will magnify thee. O praise the Lord Jochen M. Arnold, cond; Iris-Anna Deckert (sop); Susan Eitrich (sop); Franz Vitzthum (alt); Dieter Wagner (ten); Andreas Weller (ten); Jens Hamann (bs); Gli Scarlattisti; Capella Principale (period instruments) CARUS 83.421 (70:27 Text and Translation)


Handel has often been characterized as a German composer writing Italian music in England. The description is not without merit; early in his career he was Read more completely immersed in the Italian idiom, writing up a storm for his patron, Cardinal Carlo Colonna. The two Latin Psalms on this recording were composed in 1707, and in the style of the common polychoral concertante motets all the rage at the time. Some of the common Handelian characteristics of his later works are found here; we have word-painting in Laudate pueri and stormy violin passages in Nisi Dominus setting the stage for the entrance of the chorus declaiming the coming of the Lord who builds the house. It is a remarkable thing to compare this early work with some of the devices found in the oratorios; though the latter are generally more complex, these youngish pieces can hold their own against what the composer was later to do, and we see how Handel was in many regards a fully formed artist even in his Italian years.


Handel the Englishman was to make his appearance years later, and as early as 1718 he was composing anthems for the Anglican Chapel Royal, a prestigious position that demanded much of the composer and gave him much exposure. Chapel Royal even had a special orchestra to accompany these anthems during the second half of the 1700s. I will magnify Thee was actually reused in the oratorio Belshazzar in 1745. Generally speaking, the descriptive qualities found in the Latin works intensify greatly in the English anthems, as if Handel was going out of his way to prove to the Londoners that his way with words extended far beyond German and Italian, and he could set English with the best of them.


O praise the Lord with one consent is one of the “Chandos” anthems composed for the Duke of Chandos in Cannons, dating from around 1717. This modestly scored piece nonetheless features a marvelously developed sense of drama with its alternating choruses engaged in some pyrotechnic singing, something that became a bit of trademark with the composer and surely must have thrilled those gathered in the Royal presence.


All of these pieces are played with stylistic acumen and the enthusiasm needed for this demonstrative music. The sound is very good, with the solo voices perhaps a little close, and the period instruments sounding like well-played authentic voices, the oboe being especially noteworthy. A fine collection of worthy Handeliana for the general and seasoned collector.


FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nisi Dominus, HWV 238 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Weller (Tenor), Dieter Wagner (Tenor), Iris-Anna Deckert (Soprano),
Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor), Susan Eitrich (Soprano), Jens Hamann (Bass)
Conductor:  Jochen M. Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Principale,  Gli Scarlattisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Rome, Italy 
2.
Laudate pueri Dominum in D major, HWV 236 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Weller (Tenor), Dieter Wagner (Tenor), Iris-Anna Deckert (Soprano),
Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor), Susan Eitrich (Soprano), Jens Hamann (Bass)
Conductor:  Jochen M. Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Principale,  Gli Scarlattisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Italy 
3.
Chandos Anthems: no 5a, I will magnify Thee, HWV 250a by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Weller (Tenor), Dieter Wagner (Tenor), Iris-Anna Deckert (Soprano),
Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor), Susan Eitrich (Soprano), Jens Hamann (Bass)
Conductor:  Jochen M. Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Principale,  Gli Scarlattisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; London, England 
4.
Chandos Anthems: no 9, O praise the Lord, HWV 254 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Susan Eitrich (Soprano), Franz Vitzthum (Countertenor), Iris-Anna Deckert (Soprano),
Dieter Wagner (Tenor), Andreas Weller (Tenor), Jens Hamann (Bass)
Conductor:  Jochen M. Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Principale,  Gli Scarlattisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; London, England 

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