Handel Gloria: Laudamus Te, Laura Heimes with Voices of Music

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The Laudamus Te movement from G.F. Handel’s Gloria. Live video from the San Francisco based early music ensemble Voices of Music, with Laura Heimes, soprano.
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Featuring Carla Moore and Sara Usher, baroque violins; Farley Pearce, baroque cello, John Dornenburg, violone; Katherine Heater, baroque organ; Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord; David Tayler, archlute
Handel’s Gloria probably dates from the first decade of the 18th century, when Handel was in Rome. One of his most beautiful sacred compositions for solo soprano and strings: the Laudamus Te (we prasie you) mixes points of imitation with colorful melismas followed by the Gratias Agimus Tibi section which is an extended sequence in triple meter. It is conjecture, but perhaps Handel wrote the Gloria for Margherita Durastanti, who starred in several of his most successful productions around 1707 in Rome.


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