Antonio Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus
Johann Sebastian Bach: Preise dein glücke gesegnetes Sachsen
(“Praise your good fortune, blessed Saxony”)
Francesco Maria Veracini: Ouverture in B-flat major
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major “fatto per Maestro Pisendel”
Clara Rottsolk soprano • Judith Malafronte contralto
Matthew Hill tenor • William Sharp baritone
Jude Ziliak violin
American Bach Choir • American Bach Soloists • Jeffrey Thomas conductor
A stunning setting of “Dixit Dominus” by Vivaldi, recently discovered in Dresden, features some of the composer’s most pictorial musical imagery and what has become known as Vivaldi’s most brilliantly executed double fugue for chorus. Bach’s congratulatory cantata for the anniversary of the election of August III, Elector of Saxony, as King of Poland, first performed in October 1734 in the presence of the Elector, is a grand and flattering testimonial to the high esteem in which he was held by Bach. Trumpets, drums, a full Baroque orchestra, and chorus sing the praises of Dresden’s celebrated Elector.
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