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Gloria

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
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Cast

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

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