Handel “Dixit Dominus”
An 8-movement setting of Ps. 110 from Handel’s early period, when he was learning to write Italian opera:
I have had the joy of singing this once. It’s a beast - he definitely wasn’t being kind to his singers. Just hunting down all the notes is an accomplishment. The orchestra for our performance, as I recall, commented that they were “used to doing this piece with choirs that couldn’t really sing it!”
This recording takes the first and last movements at pretty breakneck tempi. I want whatever those sopranos ate for breakfast to fire off those melismas at the start of the 8th movement. :)
Anyway, it’s a great piece. Enjoy.