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    Antonio Vivaldi

    Dixit Dominus

    Georg Friedrich Handel 

    Two of the finest sacred works in the early repertoire infused with the same universal emotion

    Jean Christophe Spinosi
    Jean Christophe Spinosi © François Berthier

    Ekaterina Bakanova soprano
    Marlène Assayag soprano
    Josè Maria Lo Monaco contralto
    Marco Angioloni ténor (soliste du Chœur)
    Jean-Jacques l’Anthoën baryton (soliste du Chœur)

    Jean-Christophe Spinosi direction
    Ensemble Matheus
    Chœur de chambre Mélisme(s) direction Gildas Pungier

    Sung in latin

    Approximate running time
    1st part: 30mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 30mn

    Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of the musician’s most brilliant compositions. It is a distillation of his key writing techniques and offers a vision of 18th century religious music at its finest, particularly in Venice. It is more freely constructed, marking a revival of vocal writing influenced by opera, and offers performers many opportunities to demonstrate their vocal prowess. Handel composed the Dixit Dominus during his first trip to Rome in 1707 and it is almost contemporaneous with Vivaldi’s Gloria. Divided into nine short movements, it alternates rousing choral passages with arias and ensembles of soloists. This is an opportunity to hear two of the finest works in the baroque sacred repertoire in a single evening.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées