Händel & Hayes: Dixit Dominus

Holland Baroque discovered The Fall of jericho, an oratorium by William Hayes, probably never performed. The English composer was an enthusiastic fan and ambassador of Händel's music.

How does it sound? His style is high baroque with galant characteristics. All the stops were pulled out to shake and drop the walls of Jericho: The choir cries, curses and shouts, and the earth trembles. Trumpets, timpani’s, hobo’s and bassoons crescendo in dissonant chords. His style of writing is emotional and he wears his heart on his sleeve. And yes, the walls are tumbling down.

'The Fall of Jericho' and 'Dixit Dominus' both express the power of God. Händel wrote 'Dixit Dominus' when he was 22 years old in Italy. The piece became a sensation right away. The psalm setting is like 'The Fall of Jericho': exuberant music full of of emotion and power.

God shall unhinge the tunefull joins
Crushed by th’Almighty’s Hand
Jericho shall fall

Holland Baroque & Cappella Amsterdam

Alexander Weimann conductor/harpsichordist 

Williams Hayes: The Fall of Jericho
Händel: Dixit Dominus

Dorothee Mields (soprano)
Andreas Wolf (bass)
Minho Jeong (altus)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)



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