Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bach - Magnificat BWV 243; Handel - Dixit Dominus HWV 232 - Emmanuelle Haim







Emmanuelle Haim never lets up in intensity. Her tempi on some of the Bach movements and on the concluding Gloria Patri of Handel are faster than I've ever heard anyone attempt. Especially on the Magnificat, she is clearly demanding the absolute maximum of her choristers, and to my ears they rise to the challenge. Likewise the soloists, especially the two sopranos and the male alto Philippe Jaroussky, match the demands of Emmanuelle Haimboth composers and their ardent conductor. As a bassoonist, I'd like to  call attention to the eloquent Baroque bassoon playing of Philippe Miqueu. I'm envious; I wish I'd been there.

Good performances of Bach's Magnificat are not uncommon, but this is the first thoroughly satisfactory disk of Handel's Dixit Dominus I've encountered. Special alert to dieters: The charge this performance will put into you is worth at least 1200 calories on the exercycle. Listen and exult!


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1 comment:

  1. very, very strange approach to Bach. i have no time to drag alternative renditions from the shelves right now, but trying to recall some goode aulde musicke (Felix Prohaska, Marcel Couraud and some pioneers of moderate authenticity struggle)...



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