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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel : Judas Maccabaeus (2006)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel : Judas Maccabaeus (2006)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel : Judas Maccabaeus (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 688 Mb | Total time: 77:49+78:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 2907374.75 | Recorded: 1993

Judas Maccabaeus (HWV 63) is an oratorio in three acts composed in 1746 by George Frideric Handel based on a libretto written by Thomas Morell. The oratorio was devised as a compliment to the victorious Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland upon his return from the Battle of Culloden (16 April 1746).

John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Bach Choir - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (2000)

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John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Bach Choir - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (2000)

John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Bach Choir - George Frideric Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 636 Mb | Total time: 55:00+63:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5 45417 2 8 2 | Recorded: 1999

One of the best ideas Handel and his colleagues ever had was to make an oratorio out of John Milton's verse–specifically, of Milton's "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso" ("The Happy Man" and "The Pensive Man"), with the libretto cutting back and forth between the two poems to make a sort of dialogue, and with an added conclusion titled "Il Moderato" ("The Moderate Man"). The resulting work has never been as famous as Messiah, but it has always been a special favorite of Handel lovers. The King's Consort made a fine recording of L'Allegro in 1999; the selling point of the present version (which appeared almost exactly one year later) is the cast of soloists, which includes soprano Lynne Dawson and countertenor David Daniels, both genuine Baroque superstars, and tenor Ian Bostridge, current king of the art song.

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1998)

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Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1998)

Horst-Tanu Margraf, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 911 Mb | Total time: 49:03+69:17+58:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0093342BC | Recorded: 1962

'Radamisto' was the first opera Handel composed for the Royal Academy, his first operatic venture in London, being produced for the first time in 1719; it was revived and revised in 1720, 1721 and 1728. This Berlin Classics recording, dating from 1962, presents an adaptation of the 1721 version, which drops a minor character, Fraarte. More importantly, in addition to the use of modern instruments and a chorus (in general Handel's chorus was assembled from the soloists–opera in eighteenth century London was a commercial venture so personnel was kept to a minimum), the libretto is translated into German and all the castrato roles are transposed down into either tenor or bass registers.

Eduardo López Banzo, Al Ayre Español Orquestra - George Frideric Handel: Amadigi di Gaula (2008)

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Eduardo López Banzo, Al Ayre Español Orquestra - George Frideric Handel: Amadigi di Gaula (2008)

Eduardo López Banzo, Al Ayre Español Orquestra - George Frideric Handel: Amadigi di Gaula (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 866 Mb | Total time: 79:57+78:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroisie | # AM 133 | Recorded: 2006

Amadigi di Gaula had its premiere in London in 1715. Its libretto, based on a medieval legend and encompassing such effects as a magically appearing sorceress, reflects the then-fashionable English taste for spectacle in operatic production. Musically, however, the opera is of chamber dimensions, involving just five soloists, and takes in some emotionally intimate moments. In this backward-looking piece – it even ends with a brief ballet – Handel doesn't attempt any structural innovations: the arias and duets are cast firmly in the tripartite da capo format. Still, he finds room for the occasional imaginative touch, as when he uses French-overture gestures in a few of the ritornelli to suggest tragic breadth, or has the two voices in a hitherto contrapuntal duet launch the "B" section in straight thirds.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - George Frideric Handel: Hercules (2005)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - George Frideric Handel: Hercules (2005)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - George Frideric Handel: Hercules (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 190 min | 5.83+2.73 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Bel Air | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2004

The first collaboration ever between conductor William Christie and director Luc Bondy with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, this production of Hercules has been a major event. Hercules returns from the war with Iole, a princess he fell in love with. Mad with jealousy, Déjanire, his wife, ends up totally insane after poisoning her husband. Half theatrical performance, half secular oratorio, Hercules wasn’t originally meant to be performed in front of an audience. Luc Bondy chose to show the dramatis personae as ordinary people, victims of their passions. The superb Chorus of the Arts Florissants, both mediator and prosecutor, is the main witness of this tragedy of women’s jealousy.

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - George Frideric Handel: Serse (2013)

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Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - George Frideric Handel: Serse (2013)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - George Frideric Handel: Serse (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 736 Mb | Total time: 66:46+60:16+39:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0797(3) | Recorded: 2012

The opera is based on a libretto adapted by the poet Silvio Stampiglia for Giovanni Bononcini, whose setting was staged at Rome’s Teatro di Torre Nona in 1694. Handel completed his opera in 1738 in little more than a month. However, his typically swift pace and resourceful treatment of musical themes and models should not be misconstrued as complacency, carelessness, or low imaginative powers. The autograph manuscript reveals that Handel invested considerable skill in arias that are perfectly tailored to the dramatic storyline, many of which were meticulously crafted and then redrafted.

David Bates, La Nuova Musica - George Frideric Handel: Il pastor fido 1712 (2012)

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David Bates, La Nuova Musica - George Frideric Handel: Il pastor fido 1712 (2012)

David Bates, La Nuova Musica - George Frideric Handel: Il pastor fido 1712 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 737 Mb | Total time: 66:26+78:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907585.86 | Recorded: 2010

Nominated for a South Bank Show newcomers' award, the sprightly early music group La Nuova Musica stake their unique claim: Handel's Il pastor fido has never been recorded before in this 1712 version, though some of the fine music pops up in later incarnations. Its pastoral colours make a strong contrast with the extrovert Rinaldo, Handel's first opera for London; the sensual orchestration is beautifully realised here, but heavy vibrato is in evidence in several of the resonantly recorded voices, which often overwhelm the continuo. Lucy Crowe's magnificent soprano is allowed full rein, and I enjoyed both Anna Dennis and Clint van der Linde, an outstanding countertenor. An auspicious debut.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - George Frideric Handel: Partenope (2009)

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - George Frideric Handel: Partenope (2009)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen, Inger Dam-Jensen, Andreas Scholl - George Frideric Handel: Partenope (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 187 min | 4.87+6.73 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Dansk | Recorded: 2008

Mortensen's magnificent direction brings out the full measure of excitement, pathos and emotion in Handel's score…[the production] conveys an enormous amount of what makes Partenope very special.

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - George Frideric Handel: Theodora (2022)

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Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - George Frideric Handel: Theodora (2022)

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro - George Frideric Handel: Theodora (2022)
WEB FLAC | Tracks ~ 872 Mb | Total time: 178:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 5419717791 | Recorded: 2021

This recording of Handel "Theodora features a truly star-studded cast, with Lisette Oropesa in the title role. Joyce DiDonato as Irene, Michael Spyres as Septimius, John Chest as Valens and Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian as Didymus. Following great critical acclaim for recent performances in Europe and DiDonato's performance at the Royal Opera House earlier this year, this new version of the dramatic oratorio is accompanied by Il Pomo d'Oro orchestra and choir, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.

Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - George Frideric Handel: Ariodante (1994)

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Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - George Frideric Handel: Ariodante (1994)

Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra, Janet Baker - George Frideric Handel: Ariodante (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 932 Mb | Total time: 72:38+66:29+62:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 442 096 2 | Recorded: 1979

Raymond Leppard's recording … has remained for me the benchmark against which other recordings are measured … Janet Baker sings brilliantly as Ariodante. She flies through the coloratura with ease and presents a complete portrayal of the title character … Edith Mathis is a strong Ginevra, beautifully sung. We easily believe that she has the strength to resist Polinesso but is vulnerable enough to despair at the unjust accusations leveled against her … And with Samuel Ramey in his prime we have an excellent King of Scotland.

Jan Willem de Vriend, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (2006)

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Jan Willem de Vriend, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (2006)

Jan Willem de Vriend, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (2006)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 173 min | 7,41 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Challenge | Sub: Nederlands, Deutsch, English | Recorded: 2004

The story of the power-hungry Agrippina was one of Handel's greatest operatic successes. The satirical text plays on the political situation under Pope Clement XI. at. The rousing production from the Slovak National Theater Bratislava is a lively baroque opera on original instruments.

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (1995)

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Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (1995)

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 60:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD 12908 | Recorded: 1995

The St. John Passion was long regarded as an early work by Handel, written in Hamburg in 1704. It had to be early, as there are few really Handelian fingerprints in the music. In the late 1960s though, musicologists started allocating it to Georg Böhm (1661-1733), a Thuringian-born composer who worked in Hamburg and Luneburg. He is remembered chiefly for his fine organ music and his influence on Bach. But the record booklet makes an interesting case for Handel's authorship, particularly as Handel's friend Mattheson was an advocate of the work.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (1990)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (1990)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - George Frideric Handel: Jephtha (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 928 Mb | Total time: 69:39+62:17+72:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 425 701-2 | Recorded: 1974, 1979

Jephtha was the last full-length composition that Handel wrote. (The Triumph of Time and Truth of 1757 was almost entirely made up of pre-existing music.) Given this fact, and also that the actual writing of it was an inordinately laborious task for Handel as he fought with rapidly failing eyesight, it's incomparable depth of expression and personal commitment make the whole work a profound and magnificent conclusion to his life's output. Based on a story from Judges XI, it tells of Jephtha leading the Israelites against the Ammonites and his ultimate sacrifice.

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (2004)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (2004)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (2004)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 172 min | 7,05+3,83 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol | Recorded: 2003

Agrippina was staged for the first time in late December 1709 - or possibly at the beginning of 1710 - at Venice’s Teatro San Grisostomo and met with enormous success, as testified by twenty-seven following performances, a record number even for 18th-century standards. Agrippina’s triumph sanctioned Handel’s definitive investiture as an operatic composer. After nearly 300 years this opera appears as a masterpiece of 18th-century music and an innovative work, considering that when Handel composed it he was just twenty-four years old. The composer’s melodic creativity and sense of theatre are quite remarkable. The cast, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire, includes Véronique Gens in the title role.

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi - Handel: Jephtha (2011)

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Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi - Handel: Jephtha (2011)

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi - Handel: Jephtha (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 02:38:15 | 811 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | Catalog: BIS-CD-1864

Jephtha (1752) was George Frederick Handel's final oratorio, and it was composed during a period of incipient blindness and declining health. Yet the composer's artistic powers were undiminished in this dramatization of the Biblical story, for the arias and choruses are as memorable as any from Handel's earlier works in the genre, including Messiah and Israel in Egypt.