Dixit Dominus uses the Latin text of Psalm 110 (Vulgate 109), which begins with the words Dixit Dominus (‘The Lord Said’). The work was completed in April 1707 while Handel was living in Italy, and is scored for five vocal soloists (SSATB), five-part chorus, strings and continuo.
Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Vivaldi’s popular concertos re-composed by Max Richter
Modern composer Max Richter re-imagines and re-interprets Vivaldi’s four violin concertos (known as The Four Seasons), producing an interpretation that is both extremely familiar, but modern at the same time.
Leslie Dala (Four Seasons)
Previous engagements: Conductor (The Overcoat, James Rolfe / Morris Panych, Tapestry Opera; Vancouver Opera; Symphony no. 8, Mahler, West Coast Symphony/Vancouver Bach Choir; Julie, Philippe Boesmans, Canadian Stage/Soundstreams Canada).
Forthcoming engagements: Conductor (The River of Light, Brian Current, Vancouver Bach Choir / Vancouver Opera Orchestra; Sea Symphony, Vaughan Williams, Vancouver Bach Choir / West Coast Symphony; La Cenerentola, Rossini, Vancouver Opera).
Errol Girdlestone (Handel)
Fionnuala Hunt has been Concertmaster of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra for the past 12 years. She plays regularly with The World Orchestra for Peace, under the baton of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev. Other orchestral engagements have seen her perform as guest leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Opéra de Lyon and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her work as soloist, director and chamber musician Fionnuala Hunt is also Professor of Violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was Artistic and Music Director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Killaloe Music Festival from 1995–2002. With the ICO she performed and recorded Bach’s double violin concerto with Nigel Kennedy. This performance was subsequently released on DVD by EMI. Bill Whelan wrote his Double Concerto Inishlacken for her and she gave the world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
In 2005 Fionnuala Hunt released her own disc of tango music, Tangos and Dances, arranged by herself and performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. With the Chamber Ensemble of the RIAM she has toured China and Korea on numerous occasions and has also performed in the United States, Latvia, Malta and throughout Ireland.