Antonio Vivaldi – Dixit Dominus
Antonio Vivaldi composed several settings of the Dixit Dominus (The Lord said [unto my Lord]), the Latin version of Psalm 110. They include a setting in ten movements for five soloists, double choir and orchestra, RV 594, another setting in eleven movements for five voices, five-part choir and orchestra, RV 595, and a recently discovered setting in eleven movements for five soloists, choir and orchestra, RV 807, which had been attributed to Baldassare Galuppi. It is said to be one of his “most significant sacred works.”
There are three recorded compositions of Dixit Dominus – Psalm 110 in Latin (or Psalm 109 in the Vulgate) – by Vivaldi. Each is an extended setting of the vespers psalm for five soloists, choir and orchestra; one only having been identified as his work in 2005.
Psalm 110 is regularly included in Vespers services, usually as the opening psalm. Dixit Dominus has been said to be one of his “most significant sacred works”.
1. Allegro: Dixit Dominus 2:24
2. Largo: Donec ponam 5:13
3. Allegro: Virgam virtutis tuae 2:57
4. Andante: Tecum principium 4:03
5. Adagio – Allegro: Juravit 2:47
6. Allegro: Dominus a dextris tuis 1:58
7. Largo – Allegro molto: Judicabit 3:20
8. Andante: De torrente 3:34
9. Allegro: Gloria Patri 1:29
10. Allegro: Sicut erat 2:42