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Handel: Dettingen Te Deum [CD]

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  • Performer: George Frideric Handel, Richard Marlow, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
  • Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0017OCLZA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Praise Thee, O God
2. All the earth doth worship Thee
3. To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud
4. To thee Cherubin and Seraphin continually do cry
5. The glorious company of the apostles praise thee
6. Thou art the King of glory
7. When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver Man
8. When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death
9. Thou sittest at the right hand of God
10. We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge
11. Sinfonia
12. We therefore pray thee, help thy servants
13. Make them to be numbered wih thy saints in glory everlasting
14. Day By Day We Magnify Thee
15. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin
16. O Lord, in Thee Have I Trusted
17. Largo E Staccato
18. Organo Ad Libitum
19. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
20. Grave
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Poulenc's riotously wild, spiky and humorous Gloria is given a marvellously fresh interpretation here by Polyphony and the choir of Trinity College, with Susan Gritton a glorious ethereal presence, floating above the texture like a gossamer-winged angel. But perhaps the real interest in this disc lies in the more unfamiliar motets. Each is an exquisite example of Poulenc's daring choral writing, handled here by Polyphony with the same subtlety and skill they brought to their Bruckner Hyperion disc last year --The Observer

Stephen Layton's tight control of his forces, both choral and orchestral, lends impeccable ensemble and heart-thumping excitement has the opening tutti ever had such punch? Soprano Susan Gritton is superb, too, in her committed, soaring performances. The combined choirs of Trinity College, Cambridge and pro group Polyphony are astounding as a virtuoso choral unit ... the motets on Layton's recording are a masterclass in choral singing --BBC Music Magazine

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Te Deum "Dettingen" HWV283 - Concerto pour orgue n°14 HWV296a - Zadok the priest HWV258 / The Choir of Trinity College - Academy of Ancient Music - Richard Marlow, orgue - Stephen Layton, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars EARTHLY AND DIVINE KINGSHIP 4 Oct 2009
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Looking for some modern versions of the Dettingen Te Deum I find a very wide and welcome choice. To say the least, this is not how things were not all that long ago, but out of the current range I have picked the Swiss version from Diego Fasolis, the Naxos disc and this offering from Layton and the Academy of Ancient Music, not forgetting the choir of Trinity Cambridge. This recording dates from 2007, the other two from 1999. In point of recorded quality all surpass Simon Preston's historic 1984 account, and although I don't unsay any of my enthusiastic remarks when I reviewed that some years ago, all these three surpass it on sound-quality grounds alone, and this is maybe by a small margin the best of them.

Quite aside from the performance, there is a liner note that I like, by David Vickers. It is interesting and informative regarding the background to the composition, but it also seems to me to show some recognition of the stature of it too. To put that in my own terms, even if you think of this work as mainly ceremonial, military, hearty or anything like that you will require high-quality recording for it to sound well; and if you have high-quality recording you are likely to realise that it is far more than just ceremonial and the rest of it. The text starts as a paean of praise to the Almighty, and ends as a fervent plea for salvation. A variety of moods are covered in between, and there are several huge choral climaxes, one of which may or may not be the final `let me never be confounded', depending on the conductor's view. Back to the start - it is military with a vengeance, I like that to be uninhibited and it is just terrific here, although I still like the over-the-top account from Fasolis even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge 30 Mar 2009
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At Trinity Great gate the other day I asked a college porter when I could hear the Choir. His answer included the words, "They are said to be better than Kings now!" This CD is excellent evidence that he could be right. This is stirring stuff, not to be missed by anyone who likes dramatic music sung passionately with accuracy and a deliciously clear tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Handel 4 Nov 2010
By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a treat and no mistake. Even "Zadok the Priest" comes up fresh and new! Trinity College Choir performs with considerable artistry, abetted by the estimable Academy of Ancient Music and the superb bass soloist Neal Davies. The Dettingen Te Deum is a wonderful work which is well worth exploring, while the Organ Concerto No. 14, played by Richard Marlow, is a splendid filler. Buy this CD; you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good recording of a great piece of music 1 April 2013
By Tim
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Good value for money recording of this interesting Handel Te Deum with its military themes. Recommend it as an interesting choral piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spendid 7 Oct 2008
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
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My first experience of the Dettingen Te Deum was on a Nonesuch LP by the Telemann Society, who were noted for playing very vigorously but only approximately in tune. Their Te Deum was loads of fun, but not something you could take all that seriously. Stephen Layton offers something much more up to date. His chorus sings with beautiful balances, and the orchestral parts are child's play to The Academy of Ancient Music. It was a good idea to pair the Te Deum with Zadok the Priest. Both works are Handel in his ceremonial mode, and they certainly lift the spirits. The performance of the organ concerto is lyrical and lovely. Richard Marlow plays an organ built in 2000 for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata series, and it has an appropriately mellow tone. Sound engineering throughout the CD is excellent, if a little distant. I had a good time listening to this, but I can't help but keep on thinking of the Telemann Society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel--Beyond His "Big Three" 30 May 2010
By Erik North - Published on Amazon.com
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With the vast majority of the music-listening audience, the reputation of George Frideric Handel as one of the pre-eminent composers in Western music rests on three immortal works: his epic oratorio "Messiah"; the much-beloved Water Music collection; and his final masterpiece (and arguably the last large-scale work of the Baroque), the Music For The Royal Fireworks. In recent decades, however, other works from this great German-born English master have come out from the shadows of those three masterworks to catch the ears of music lovers with a taste for works that are not exactly heard every day of the week. This particular recording is a case in point, even more so because much of the revival of Handel's works, especially in the choral genre, has come about from period-instrument ensembles.

Take for instance the composer's Dettingen Te Deum, which he composed and premiered in 1743, just one year removed from the premiere of "Messiah." It is his second setting of this grand Latin text; but unlike the earlier Utrecht Te Deum, the Dettingen one, which was composed to commemorate a skirmish that the British had won in the opening years of the Austrian War of Secession, is extraordinarily grandiose and martial in nature, in the key of D Major, and with royal trumpets and timpani very much in evidence, along with a substantial choral component. Handel also shows a certain amount of solemnity and poignancy in quieter passages such as "Thou Sittest At The Right Hand Of God" as well. This quieter but no less profound side is front-and-center in the Organ Concerto No. 14, with Richard Marlow as the organ soloist, performing on an organ that was also used for the recordings of Bach cantatas made by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his English Baroque Soloists. The royal atmosphere returns to conclude this recording in the form of the grand "Zadok The Priest", the first of the four Coronation Anthems that Handel was to compose for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727. Again, Handel's penchant for epic choral writing is extremely evident, as are the trumpets and timpani.

Ordinarily, I'm not much of a period-instrument fanatic, but the performances here by the Academy of Ancient Music, here led by Stephen Layton, a conductor at home with both modern and period ensembles, is of a piece where the performance is so in keeping with the composer's intentions that the issue of which kind of ensemble, modern or period, is best is pretty much a moot point. Neil Davies, Christopher Lowery and Robin Firth are the vocal soloists in the Dettingen Te Deum, and the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (in whose chapel this recording was made in the summer of 2007) is just as impressive. Anyone wanting to know more about Handel beyond his Big Three works would do well to get this recording, even if one is not really a period-instrument aficionado. The works on hand here, especially the Dettingen Te Deum, are each worth an intense listening experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EARTHLY AND DIVINE KINGSHIP 4 Oct 2009
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Looking for some modern versions of the Dettingen Te Deum I find a very wide and welcome choice. To say the least, this is not how things were not all that long ago, but out of the current range I have picked the Swiss version from Diego Fasolis, the Naxos disc and this offering from Layton and the Academy of Ancient Music, not forgetting the choir of Trinity Cambridge. This recording dates from 2007, the other two from 1999. In point of recorded quality all surpass Simon Preston's historic 1984 account, and although I don't unsay any of my enthusiastic remarks when I reviewed that some years ago, all these three surpass it on sound-quality grounds alone, and this is maybe by a small margin the best of them.

Quite aside from the performance, there is a liner note that I like, by David Vickers. It is interesting and informative regarding the background to the composition, but it also seems to me to show some recognition of the stature of it too. To put that in my own terms, even if you think of this work as mainly ceremonial, military, hearty or anything like that you will require high-quality recording for it to sound well; and if you have high-quality recording you are likely to realise that it is far more than just ceremonial and the rest of it. The text starts as a paean of praise to the Almighty, and ends as a fervent plea for salvation. A variety of moods are covered in between, and there are several huge choral climaxes, one of which may or may not be the final `let me never be confounded', depending on the conductor's view. Back to the start - it is military with a vengeance, I like that to be uninhibited and it is just terrific here, although I still like the over-the-top account from Fasolis even more. However when you have recovered from your first impressions observe the elaborate workmanship in those first four minutes and I think you will start to take with a pinch or more of salt any critical view that this music is unsubtle.

For me, any performance of the Dettingen Te Deum has to get up into the heavens, even in the first chorus. The most `expressive' bits belong on earth of course, and one of my main reasons for awarding my own top prize to this set is the superb anguished account that Neal Davies gives of `Vouchsafe O Lord' near the end. This is humanity looking upwards and appealing to the everlasting father. Elsewhere we have to be in His very presence. The text in track 5 reminds us of the more musically arid stretches of the Nicene Creed, until suddenly the chorus invokes `the Father of an infinite majesty' in one of the most awesome musical phrases in all musical creation. This is probably no great problem for a conductor who understands it as Layton obviously does, because Handel has done the work that matters, but the music of track 4 has still to find the interpreter who can handle it to my own satisfaction, although again Layton does very well indeed. The challenge is this - how do they all do full justice to the heavenly host itself singing `Holy, holy, holy' (which they do `continually, continually, continually, continually...) while still leaving something in reserve for the overwhelming `Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory'? With difficulty, I suppose.

What Layton seems to me to deal with exceptionally well is the continuity together with variety and contrast that the Te Deum involves. There are no recitatives, and although the Messiah shows more inventiveness in recitative than any other composition known to me, my own reaction to their exclusion here is my own heartfelt `Thank God.' His timing is excellent, and I don't think he adopts a single tempo that gave me any problem. The quality of the performers' work seems to me superlative. I love the precision and clarity of it all. There are three male soloists, and although the allocation of the solo parts varies among my 5 versions of the work, it doesn't seem to me a very important issue - within reason of course: after hearing Davies in `Vouchsafe' I will not be easily reconciled to hearing it done by any kind of voice other than a bass. Handel's own productions of his oratorios never presented exactly the same composition twice over, and while this is not so true of the shorter works it still disinclines me to fret over exact `fidelity'.

Unlike my other cd versions, this disc does not bring us any unfamiliar fillers. Instead we have one of the organ concertos beautifully, quietly and inwardly performed by Richard Marlow; and we have Zadok in a performance that I would call good but not outstanding. With the permission of any readers this notice may find, I want this to be a review of the mighty Dettingen Te Deum, now at last seemingly coming into its own, and for versions of Zadok perhaps you would care to look at those by Stephen Cleobury and Simon Preston as possibilities. A performance of this Te Deum needs to be full of the majesty of its glory, and this performance is that. Like everything else in the whole of music, Handel's setting of that text makes less noise than Elgar's terrific `Praise to the Holiest' does, but there is nothing in the whole of music that even begins to rival Handel's choral tone.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance of non-Messiah Handel! 2 Feb 2009
By Brian E. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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It's wonderful to hear a fantastic performance of a Handel choral work that isn't Messiah! This is a delightful recording.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful assortment of delightful delights! 30 Aug 2008
By G. Donald Kaye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A grand assortment of Handel's finest works. A choral and organ mix that is the quintessence of the Handelian style.
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