The exuberant Dixit Dominus, composed in Rome by Handel at an early age, is written in an amazingly virtuoso style. The vocal parts require a very high level of technical skill and the idiomatic compositional style is close to that of the violin. One wonders just which choral singers might have been expected to perform this challenging five-part motet. It is indeed exciting to hear it sung by five young virtuoso soloists who took part in the Froville International Baroque Singing Competition. The work is full of vocal runs, melismas and dissonance, devices which are cleverly used to heighten the eloquence and the dramatic power of the work, qualities that surely figure among the crowning glories of baroque art.