Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Catholic Handel

I was having a rather silly argument with some friends over whether there is a qualitative difference in the Italian/Catholic music Handel wrote as versus his Protestant English music. Yes, I know, it's a matter of taste. But as an illustration of the Catholic Handel, I mentioned his fabulous "Dixit Dominus," and it just so happens that there is a recording here (the rock-hard consonants are a bit peculiar and the tempo slightly slow in this rendition). So you can decide for yourself. I find this to be creative and smashing in every way, even more so than his English anthems. De Gustibus etc.

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