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Dixit Dominus

author of text
Psalm 109 (110)

Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Recording details: February 2004
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2004
Total duration: 5 minutes 37 seconds


'The choir of Westminster Cathedral has long been noted for its distinctive Continental-style tone, which gives its performances of Latin sacred polyphony an attractively distinctive quality. This magnificent recording, which shows off Victoria's mastery of the art of writing music for up to three choirs in the grandest possible manner, suggests that 2004 is a vintage year for them … recordings of Renaissance polyphony rarely come much better than this' (The Daily Telegraph)

'the choir is radiant in its home acoustic, and Martin Baker's well-researched decision to employ an understated organ 'continuo' adds small but telling touches of colour to the texture' (International Record Review)

'It is ideally suited to the full-throated, vibrant singing of the Westminster Cathedral Choir, while Martin Baker's finely controlled direction displays a keen architectural sense … A wonderful disc' (Goldberg)

'If you painted me into a corner and forced me to choose between Victoria and Palestrina, I’d have to choose the former, much as I love the latter. If I could have just one Victoria recording on my Desert Island, this, from Westminster Cathedral Choir directed by Martin Baker with Robert Quinney (organ) would be very high on the list … this is music that will transport you to a higher plane' (MusicWeb International)» More
The Psalm Dixit Dominus is written for two equal SATB choirs and sets all seven verses of Psalm 110 (109) in lively antiphonal style, ending with a doxology which opens in brisk triple time (perhaps symbolizing the three persons of the Trinity) and broadening at the end into some substantial and sonorous eight-part writing.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2004

Le psaume Dixit Dominus est écrit pour deux chœurs SATB identiques et reprend les sept versets du Psaume 110 (109) dans un style antiphonaire dynamique. Sa dernière partie est une doxologie qui s’ouvre sur une mesure rapide à trois temps (symbolisant peut-être la Trinité) et qui s’élargit, à la fin, sur une écriture à huit voix impressionnante et sonore.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jon Dixon © 2004
Français: Marie Luccheta

Die Psalmvertonung Dixit Dominus wurde für zwei gleichstarke Chöre (SATB) geschrieben und arbeitet alle sieben Verse des 110. (109.) Psalms in einem lebhaften antiphonalen Stil ab. Sie schließt mit der Doxologie, die in einem forschen Dreiermetrum beginnt (vielleicht soll dieses Metrum die drei Personen der Dreifaltigkeit symbolisieren) und weitet sich gegen Ende zu einer substantiellen und klangvollen Achtstimmigkeit.

aus dem Begleittext von Jon Dixon © 2004
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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