Concert archive

Saturday 19th Feb. 2011 - Handel-Dixit Dominus, Bach-Magnificat

Norwich Baroque and the Norwich Cathedral Consort had the pleasure of performing two of the most joyous masterpieces of the era, Handel`s Dixit Dominus and J.S.Bach`s Magnificat in Norwich Cathedral to a large audience.
Norwich Cathedral Consort and Norwich Baroque

Jayne May-Sysum and Billie Robson - Sopranos
Tim Carleston - Countertenor
Richard Pratt - Tenor
Paul Charrier - Bass

Conductor - David McKee
Leader - Philip Yeeles

Zadok the Priest - Handel
Dixit Dominus - Handel
Magnificat - J.S Bach

Bubbling with self-confidence

Zadok the Priest, Handel`s heart-stirring coronation anthem, made a grand opening for this concert by the Norwich Cathedral Consort under David McKee with Norwich Baroque, led by Philip Yeeles. THe Theme of rejoicing and celebration was kept up in Dixit Dominus, an elaborate and exuberant setting of Psalm 110, dating from the composer`s formative years in Italy.

With brisk speeds, the chorus worked hard to maintain the excitement that kept bubbling up again and again in music with its emphasis on self-confidence in long sustained phrases set against moving patterns of shimmering vocal decoration.

Equally splendid, Bach`s Magnificat came across better with less sign of strain. The chorus still had reserves in store for making the most of the concluding florid Gloria. It came after a sequence of solos that attractively displayed an ear-catching combination of brevity and complexity with welcome instrumental colour.

Jayne May-Sysum and Billie Robson (sopranos), Tim Carleston (countertenor), Richard Pratt (tenor) and Paul Charrier (bass) were the soloists. They sounded particularly attractive in short ensembles.

Oboes and flutes gracefully came to the fore when gentler emotions were called for , and trumpets unfailingly added their festive touch.