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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 614 Mb | Total time: 127:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 807447.48 | Recorded: 2006-2007

This generously filled two-disc Harmonia Mundi release includes not only Handel's complete set of six organ concertos published after his death as his Opus 7, but also the organ concerto known as "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale," plus three works for solo harpsichord: a fugue in G minor and two chaconnes. The recording has transparent yet immediate super audio digital sound that puts the music in the room with the listener. These performances are as charming and engaging as the finest ever recorded. Organist and harpsichordist Richard Egarr is impressive in both roles. As the organ soloist, Egarr is strong and sensitive in the concertos, with a real talent for improvisation in the cadenzas.

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)

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David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 61:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45365 2 | Recorded: 1999

After a fine Handel recital CD, not to mention taking part in a dozen other major recordings, countertenor David Daniels has hit the jackpot. This fascinating, handsomely recorded CD offers us arias from Mitridate and Ascanio in Alba, and a concert aria by Mozart (the only one he composed for male alto), as well as some Handel and Gluck arias. With them, Daniels takes us through every quality a classically trained singer should have and comes through with flying colors. The arias are about vengeance, sorrow, love–the usual–but within baroque strictures that means that some require lush, limpid singing, others ferocious coloratura and exclamatory heft, and some all of these.

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket - George Frideric Handel: Arias from Theodora & Serse, Cantata 'La Lucrezia' (2004)

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket - George Frideric Handel: Arias from Theodora & Serse, Cantata 'La Lucrezia' (2004)

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Arias from Theodora & Serse, Cantata 'La Lucrezia' (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 67:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie Records | # AV 0030 | Recorded: 2003, 2004

If you think you've heard Handel's "Ombra mai fu" (known as his "Largo") so often, and in so many different arrangements, and sung by so many different voices, that you can no longer be moved or surprised by it, think again. This CD of Handel arias, mostly from his Theodora or the cantata La Lucrezia, ends with "Ombra mai fu," and as sung by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, it is so tender, so beautiful, so impeccably shaded, that you'll think you're hearing it for the first time. But that's only four of this disc's 67 minutes–-a follow-up to Hunt Lieberson's extraordinarily successful CD of Bach cantatas. There's not a dull or disinterested moment to be heard anywhere. As the violated Lucrezia, Hunt Lieberson alternately rages against the man who raped her and turns her grief inward; the former is terrifying in its intensity, the latter makes us almost feel as if we're eavesdropping.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (2019)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (2019)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 821 Mb | Total time: 62:48+66:20+47:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philharmonia Baroque | PBP-11 | Recorded: 2017

Nicholas McGegan has been called a “Handel master” by The San Francisco Chronicle and is considered a foremost Handel interpreter throughout the world. So who better to present the rarely performed Joseph and his Brethren than Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale? Handel’s unfairly neglected—yet splendid—oratorio depicts the grandeur of Pharaoh’s court in an intriguing plot of familial conflict and mistaken identity. With a cast of favorites including Diana Moore and Nicholas Phan, Nicholas McGegan and his historically informed Orchestra and Chorale present a lively studio recording of the program that delighted audiences and critics alike.

Sophie Junker, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - La Francesina, Handel's nightingale (2020)

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Sophie Junker, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - La Francesina, Handel's nightingale (2020)

Sophie Junker, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - La Francesina, Handel's nightingale (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 67:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP233 | Recorded: 2019

For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as ‘La Francesina’, Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works - operas and oratorios - written towards the end of his life. She took the title role in Semele, for instance, and the parts of Michal in Saul and Nitocris in Belshazzar. Sophie Junker and the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu pay tribute to her here, through some of her most successful roles as the composer’s muse.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)

George Malcolm, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 692 Mb | Total time: 147:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 452 235-2 | Recorded: 1972, 1973

The combination of Neville Marriner and his always sterling evocation of excellence from the Academy of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields offers the perfect accompaniment and support for Malcolm's playing. The late George Malcolm was a brilliantly gifted organist even though his real specialty had always been harpsichord. He always seems to find the lightest most delightful playing to fit the idea of the piece.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 50:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 419 220-2 | Recorded: 1985

Verses in praise of music for St Cecilia's Day were fashionable in the seventeenth century but in poetic inspiration none equalled Dryden's two poems in which he attempts to imitate the effects of music in language. He wrote this one, his Song for St Cecilia's Day, in 1687; it was set to music during the poet's lifetime but not, of course, by Handel whose setting dates from 1739… The highlight of Handel's score for me is, without question, his hauntingly beautiful setting of Dryden's second stanza, ''What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!''. Here, especially, Handel matches a text which Dr Johnson regarded as exhibiting the highest flights of fancy with a tenderly expressive cello obbligato.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Concertos pour orgue (1986)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Concertos pour orgue (1986)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Concertos pour orgue (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 888 Mb | Total time: 73:11+69:43+63:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45394-2| Recorded: 1984

Whilst Handel was renowned in his lifetime as a virtuoso organist, his art was based on improvisation. He left no developed oeuvre of keyboard pieces which would give us an idea of his full capabilities as an organist. His organ concertos are actually theatre pieces, developed by Handel to support his oratorio performances. Handel brought in an organ to act as continuo in the choruses and developed the idea of an organ concerto as a way of adding extra novelty. At the oratorios, the audience could not rely on novelty and virtuoso display from the latest Italian singers so Handel’s performances on the organ were a sort of substitute.

Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel Arias (1997)

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Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel Arias (1997)

Bryn Terfel, Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - George Frideric Handel Arias (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 453 480-2 | Recorded: 1997

Bryn Terfel has it all. His rich, deep baritone voice is capable of navigating the rapids and doing the vocal leaps and cartwheels that Handel routinely demands of his singers, even the ones with big, deep voices that usually move more slowly. He is Welsh, and in his mastery of words–clarity of projection and precise emotional expression–he calls to mind another great Welsh performer, Richard Burton.

Colin Davis, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2008)

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Colin Davis, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2008)

Colin Davis, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 728 Mb | Total time: 150:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 480 0120 | Recorded: 1984

In November 1984 Sir Colin Davis conducted a performance of Messiah in Munich which, says the booklet which comes with these records, ''was a revelation to public and performers alike''. The surprising fact is that Messiah was previously almost unknown there. Enthusiasm was such that a recording was quickly organized with the same soloists. At rehearsal Sir Colin told the chorus to forget the B minor Mass; ''this is the world of Italian opera'', and as a result many of the choruses ''dance with a vitality born of freshness and discovery''.

Owen Rees, The Brook Street Band - Alessandro Scarlatti & George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2013)

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Owen Rees, The Brook Street Band - Alessandro Scarlatti & George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2013)

Owen Rees, The Brook Street Band - Alessandro Scarlatti & George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 62:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Label: Avie | AV2274 | Recorded: 2012

The Brook Street Band join forces with the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford, and their director Owen Rees, for the first ever pairing on disc of the two settings of the Dixit Dominus by Alessandro Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel.

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - George Frideric Handel: Arie italiene per basso (2009)

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Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - George Frideric Handel: Arie italiene per basso (2009)

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Federico Maria Sardelli, Modo Antiquo - George Frideric Handel: Arie italiene per basso (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 59:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 477 8361 | Recorded: 2009

Handel Arias is the solo debut of one of the most exciting bass-baritones of today. Expertly advised by Baroque expert, Francesco Lora, Ildebrando fashions his debut album into a panoramic sweep of Italian Handel arias for bass-baritone. Mixing well-known and rare, lyric with highly virtuosic, Ildebrando’s phenomenal Handel shows the versatility and wide range of Handel’s compositions for bass-baritone and the vocal capacity of the singer to master this programme. Undeniably appealing to all voice and Baroque music lovers, this album will excite music lovers well beyond.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Georg Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music (1986)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Georg Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music (1986)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Georg Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 63:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Argo ‎| 414 596-2 | Recorded: 1971

Sir Neville Marriner thins out the usual ASMF textures and leads vigorous, stately accounts of both the Water Music Suites and the Music for the Royal Fireworks. The playing is snappy, the feeling of dance-inspired animation just right. This is the ideal compilation, presenting both scores complete; and the sound is open, well balanced, and extremely well defined.

Francesca Aspromonte, Boris Begelman, Arsenale Sonoro - Georg Friedric Handel: Un'alma Innamorata (2023)

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Francesca Aspromonte, Boris Begelman, Arsenale Sonoro - Georg Friedric Handel: Un'alma Innamorata (2023)

Francesca Aspromonte, Boris Begelman, Arsenale Sonoro - Georg Friedric Handel: Un'alma Innamorata (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5187083 | Recorded: 2022

Soprano Francesca Aspromonte and violinist Boris Begelman present an all-Handel programme exploring the vicissitudes of love, together with Arsenale Sonoro. On Un'alma innamorata, Aspromonte urges us to take ownership of our amorous infatuations, rather than blaming it on Cupid's arrows. The programme consists of several worldly cantatas with violino concertante - including the famous Mi palpita il cor and a world premiere recording of S'un di m'appaga la mia crudele - interspersed with instrumental sonatas. The overall chamber-musical approach of Un'alma innamorata increases the emotional impact of the tragic heroines depicted by Aspromonte.Francesca Aspromonte presents her third Pentatone album, after having released Prologue (2018) and Maria & Maddalena (2021). Boris Begelman featured on the latter album, whereas Arsenale Sonoro makes its Pentatone debut.

Baroque [25CDs] (2020)

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Baroque [25CDs] (2020)

Baroque [25CDs] (2020)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,63 Gb | Total time: 24:47:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 95886 | Recorded: 1977-2015

This 25CD set presents the most famous, iconic and best-loved works from the Baroque Era, works which are part of our common musical heritage and conscience, eternally young and cherished for their charm, beauty and deeply human emotions, shared by audiences all over the world.
Played by specialized Early Music Groups like L’Arte Dell’arco, Musica Amphion, Violini Capricciosi, Musica ad Rhenum and many others.