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Handel: Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne

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Handel: Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
Handel: Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne


Apollo's Fire under founder-director Jeannette Sorrell showcases it chorus in a selection of works by Handel, including Dixit Dominus, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, and Zadok the Priest.

Apollo's Fire with founder/director Jeannette Sorrell has won widespread critical acclaim with their half-dozen releases on AVIE. Most recently they released two adventurous albums that explored the byways of historically informed performance practice: early Americana on Come to the River and ancient Celtic Christmas music on Sacrum Mysterium. Returning to their baroque roots, they offer a selection of works by Handel that showcases the Apollo's Fire Chorus. The centrepiece of the album is the grand Dixit Dominus written during the composer's early days in Rome. In a gesture to Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year, Sorrell has chosen two works written for the monarch's forbearers - the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne which celebrated that sovereign's birthday in 1713, and Zadok the Priest composed for the coronation of King George II in 1727. As a bonus, Sorrell includes "The Lord Shall Reign" from the epic Israel in Egypt.

Critical acclaim: "This swaggering version...more than holds its own against the competition." - The Sunday Times (on Brandenburg Concertos)

"The playing the most high spirited I've ever heard" (on Monteverdi Vespers) - MusicWeb International

Personnel: Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell (harpsichord & conductor)


  1. Name
  2. Processional: Batteries de timballes (J.D. Philidor)/God Save the King! (from Zadok the Priest, G.F. Handel)
  3. Eternal Source of Light Divine: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74, Arioso. Eternal source of light divine
  4. Air & Chorus. The day that gave great Anna birth
  5. Air. Let all the winged race with joy
  6. Air. Let flocks and herds their fear forget
  7. Duet. Kind health descends on downy wings
  8. Air & Chorus. The day that gave great Anna birth
  9. Air & Chorus. United nations shall combine
  10. Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No. 1), HWV 258, Zadok the priest/And all the people rejoic'd
  11. God save the King!
  12. Plainchant: Dixit Dominus Domino meo (psalm tone)
  13. Dixit Dominus, HWV 232, Chorus. Dixit Dominus Domino meo
  14. Aria. Virgam virtutis
  15. Aria. Tecum principium in die virtutis
  16. Chorus. Juravit Dominus
  17. Chorus. Tu es sacerdos
  18. Chorus. Dominus à dextris tuis
  19. Chorus. De torrente in via
  20. Chorus. Gloria Patri et filio
  21. The Lord Shall Reign (from Israel in Egypt, HWV 54)
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