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Handel: Dixit Dominus - Bach & Schutz: Motets / Canton, Taylor, Ottawa Bach Choir


Release Date: 02/01/2019 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2790  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelHeinrich SchützJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Taylor
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble CapriceOttawa Bach Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Ottawa Bach Choir presents works by three of the most important composers of the German Baroque period — Handel (Dixit Dominus with the participation of countertenor Daniel Taylor), along with motets by Schütz and Bach. While the three composers remained faithful to their German roots, the works presented here also feature influences from the Italian Baroque, including the use of drama, expression, intensity, rhythmic fervor, harmonic invention and word painting, as well as polychoral techniques. Founded in 2002 by Lisette Canton, the Ottawa Bach Choir performs music from all historical periods while keeping Bach's choral oeuvre as the focus of its repertoire. Joining some of Canada’s most accomplished artists and top choristers Read more from the National Capital region and beyond, the choir has received national and international recognition.

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REVIEW:

From the outset of Dixit Dominus, the quick pace and precision with which the chorus deftly moves through Handel’s ever-running and cascading phrases is awe-inspiring. Daniel Taylor guests for the alto aria Virgam virtutis in which the interplay between his golden voice and the continuo instruments is sublime. Soprano Kathleen Radke maintains a wonderfully relaxed vocal line through the execution of elaborate lines in Tecum principium in die virtutis and later she and Kayla Ruiz create enchanting chemistry in the soaring duet De torrente in via bibet.

Lisette Canton coaxes the full anguish of the thematic material from the choir in emphasizing the dissonances and highly expressive rhetoric in Schutz's Passion Motets.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 
2.
Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Quid commisisti, o dulcissime, SWV 56 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Ego sum tui plaga doloris, SWV 57 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Ego enim inique egi, SWV 58 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Quo, nate Dei, SWV 59 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Calicem salutaris accipiam, SWV 60 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Lisette Canton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice,  Ottawa Bach Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1749; Leipzig, Germany 

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