Saturday 18 November 7.30pm
Countless performances and an enormous catalogue of recordings testify to the enduring popularity of one of Antonio Vivaldi’s greatest hits, his magnificent Gloria.
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For two centuries after his death, the Gloria lay undiscovered until the late 1920s, when it was found buried among a pile of the composer’s forgotten manuscripts. However, it wasn’t performed until late 1939.
The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria with its distinctive melodies and rhythms is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, and gives it an immediate and universal appeal.
A unique and inventive setting of Psalm 110, Handel’s Dixit Dominus is an extraordinary tour de force, particularly for a 22-year-old composer, and demonstrates Handel’s precocious mastery of counterpoint, harmonic and melodic invention and – perhaps most impressively – of powerful dramatic gesture. It is regarded as one of his finest works.
Under the assured direction of its conductor Greg Morris, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir returns – with a glittering array of top soloists – to the Wren-inspired splendour of St James’s, Piccadilly.
As well as these two popular masterpieces, the programme also includes works by JS Bach and Henry Purcell, in a sparkling celebration of the very best of Baroque.