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  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Arts Music
  • ASIN: B00001QEHX
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 1 "We Praise Thee, O God" (Handel) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 2 "All The Earth Doth Worship Thee" (Handel) 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 3 "To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud" (Handel) 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 4 "To Thee Chrubim And Seraphim" (Handel) 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 5 "The Glorious Company Of Th'Apostles" - No. 5B "Thine Honourable, True And Only Son" (Handel) 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 6 "Thou Art The King Of Glory" (Handel) 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 7 "When Thou Tookst Upon Thee" (Handel) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 8 "When Thou Hadst Overcome The Sharpness Of Death" - No. 8B "Thou Didst Open The Kingdom Of Heaven" (Handel) 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 9 "Thou Sittest At The Right Hand Of God" (Handel) 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 9B "We Therefore Pray Thee" (Handel) 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 10 "Make Them To Be Number'D" (Handel) 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 11 "Day By Day We Magnify Thee" - No. 11B "And We Worship Thy Name" (Handel) 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 12 "Vouchsafe, O Lord" (Handel) 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Dettingen Te Deum, Te Deum Laudamus: No. 13 "O Lord, In Thee Have I Trusted" (Handel) 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Dixit Dominus" (Handel) 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Virgam Virtutis" (Handel) 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Tecum Principium" (Handel) 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Juravit Dominus" (Handel) 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Tu Es Sacerdos" (Handel) 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Dominus A Dextris Tuis" (Handel) 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Conquassabit" (Handel) 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "De Torrente In Via" (Handel) 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Dixit Dominus, Psalm 110: "Gloria Patri" (Handel) 6:47£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Nobody could do Royal celebrations quite like Handel: witness his perennially popular Water Music and Fireworks Music. Beating the French was always a good excuse for a musical knees-up, so after the battle of Dettingen in 1743, in which British and Hanoverian troops under the leadership of George II no less, trounced them once again, Handel was quick to catch the nation's celebratory mood with a joyful English-language setting of the Te Deum ("We praise thee, O Lord"). It's an exuberant work in the tradition of his large-scale oratorios (The Messiah had been premiered just two years earlier) given a suitably boisterous rendition here by the Swiss Radio choir, soloists and period-instrument group, Ensemble Vanitas. The reverberant live recording in the Church of San Sempliciano, Milan isn't kind to either the soloists' or choir's English diction, but the overall tenor of the performance makes up in energy what it lacks in such detail. The Dixit Dominus is a smaller-scale work, written much earlier in Handel's life during his stay in Rome in 1707 when the young composer was still absorbing the Italianate style of Scarlatti and Corelli. Again, this is a live recording, but the acoustic of Lugano Cathedral suits the music well, as is only to be expected for a professedly sacred work (the victorious boasting of the Te Deum is unashamedly secular, despite the text). It's a fine coupling, and if the performances aren't especially subtle, neither is the music. --Mark Walker

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2009
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Thus spake Handel. Thirty years ago there were few recordings of the Dettingen Te Deum, and they were all bad. However an LP was issued in France of all places that at least restored Handel's performing intentions, and it paved the way for Simon Preston's fine and idiomatic Westminster Abbey account on DG Archiv in 1984. It was through this recording that it dawned on me that the Dettingen Te Deum is one of the greatest pieces of music that I know, but familiarity bred a craving for even better. In particular I was looking for a richer tone from the chorus at the start, and also for a slightly firmer grip on the instrumental rhythm here and there, particularly in the numerous imitative sequences. My quest has led me to obtain the Academy of Ancient Music version under Stephen Layton, the Naxos issue also containing a smaller and earlier Te Deum - and this superlative effort from Fasolis. I eagerly awarded Preston 5 stars when I reviewed his set some years ago, and I do not un-award the rating now. However what I think I detect, or I hope I detect, from the recent versions is a sense that I am not alone in my idea of the stature of the piece, and that in the new millennium the inspiration is spreading from composer to interpreters.

All these three new sets benefit from better and more vivid recording than Preston got, and that sense is particularly striking at the start of this disc. To put it mildly, Fasolis gives the drums their head, and it recalls to me Tovey's expression `a sledgehammer tattoo'. I lap it up like this, but be warned - you might find it o-t-t. Then the colossal choral entry, the great proclamations separated by a long pause measured by a ticking beat on the violins, has all the tone I was looking for. To cap that, the imitative entries on the trumpet are ideally firm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By capezio on 21 May 2011
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This CD is a great surprise on the classic firmament, considering the English lead on their country born composers, like Haendel, especially because the artists here aren't Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, but a mix of Swiss-Italian singers / ensemble.
Their intrerpretation is full of vigour and English pomp, very well suited for Haendel music. Sampling the tracks on Amazon I found this recording more captivating than Gardiner interpretation of the Dixit Dominus and the it captures the spacious incredibly acoustics of the Chiesa (church) di San Sempliciano in Milan. It's one of the finest recording I've ever heard. You'll surely be impressed, specially by the Te Deum.
The choir of the Swiss Radio has "just" 175 year of tradition and maybe the oldest chamber choral continuously active actually.
The soloist are either very good and they make a nice balance with the choir and the little ensemble.
It's interesting to hear on the Te Deum some melodies that Haendel will use on "Israel in Egypt" (track 2 borrowed from Stradella), and on "Salomon" (track 4), some years ahead.
The CD case is very well finished and the booklet has detailed information of the composition context, artists and words of the works sung.
A must for all that appreciate Haendel compositions, and enjoy been inside a cathedral just in front his stereo equipment. Recomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Burnett on 2 Jan. 2011
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I bought this for Handels Dixit Dominus. This is a live performance (but you wouldn't know that until the end). The soloists are more than adequate and the chorus and orchestra are very good indeed. The performance is stylish and authentic, with period instruments (including natural trumpets in the Te deum). Good liner notes and texts/translations are provided. The Dettingen Te Deum is not frequently recorded and the performance here is also very good. The recording is excellent, full bodied with the right amount of ambience to allow detail and as I said before no evidence of it being live until the applause at the end.
I can thoroughly recommend this recording and indeed any other from this line up. At the price it is a real bargain.
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My principal reason for acquiring this CD was for "Dixit Dominus", which is an enjoyable half-hour's listening, but I wasn't prepared for how much I was going to enjoy Dettingen Te Deum. Having listened to this several times, I find it amazing that this work isn't performed or played on the radio more often. From the very first movement "We praise Thee, O God" you know you are in for some fun. What gives the music that special something is the composer's use of trumpets and timpani, which really give the music some impetus. The work is divided into 17 sections, none longer than 4 minutes. The soloists, orchestral ensemble and chorus all perform well (and sound like they are enjoying themselves!) and the recording is bright and well-balanced. I would recommend this recording wholeheartedly to any admirer of Handel's music. It is a bargain, too, at the price.
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