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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments (1997)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments (1997)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 364 Mb | Total time: 71:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian | RR77 | Recorded: 1996

Here is Vivaldi-playing with a commendably light, athletic touch. It's so easy to make a meal out of his orchestral tuttis yet these performances inspire the music with expressive delicacy and rhythmic vitality. The programme is a colourful one of concertos for a variety of instruments, wind and strings, in various combinations.

Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)

Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 66:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | BIS-2315 SACD | Recorded: 2017

Mozart’s horn concertos are so well-known that for many listeners the sound of the horn and Mozart are virtually synonymous. Mozart was not the first composer to write solo concertos for the horn, however, and works from earlier on in the eighteenth century give a quite different perspective on the instrument. With this disc soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill provides insights into some of these early horn concertos, by composers ranging from Telemann to Haydn, by way of Mozart’s own father, Leopold.

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.

Cantata Collective & Nicholas McGegan - Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (2024)

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Cantata Collective & Nicholas McGegan - Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (2024)

Cantata Collective & Nicholas McGegan - Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Live) (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 476 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 250 Mb | 01:47:11
Classical, Sacred, Choral | Label: Avie Records

San Francisco-based early music ensemble Cantata Collective continues its major series of J S Bach's choral works with the Mass in B Minor, a towering testament of sacred music and the composer's crowning achievement of his final years. With celebrated conductor Nicholas McGegan, four of today's most distinguished early music vocal soloists and a refined chamber choir, this live recording exudes a spontaneity that reveals the depth and passion of Bach's glorious affirmation of faith.

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria, Zsolt Kallo - Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 & Works for Violin & Orchestra (2016)

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Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria, Zsolt Kallo - Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 & Works for Violin & Orchestra (2016)

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria, Zsolt Kalló - Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 & Works for Violin & Orchestra (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 58:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD32794 | Recorded: 2016

O Mozart! Immortal Mozart! What countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls! wrote Schubert in his diary a few months before he started composing his Symphony No. 5. There is a distinctly Mozartian aura to be felt in this piece although the romantic harmonies herald the beginning of a new era: the Concert for Violin and Orchestra, the Rondo and the Polonaise all display the characteristic traits of budding Romanticism. Founded in 1981, Capella Savaria has earned its fame as the first period-instrument chamber orchestra in Hungary. Zsolt Kallo, violinist, acts as the concertmaster, soloist, and artistic director of Capella Savaria.

Lowell Greer, Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)

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Lowell Greer, Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)
Lowell Greer, horn; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907012 | Time: 01:02:13

"Greer is a highly accomplished player of the natural horn… I find Greer's playing very musicianly: unusually graceful in the phrasing of the quick movements, with gentle, thoughtful playing in K417 and some lovely smooth and clear lines in K495, while the slow movements are all beautifully done—the Romance of K447 refined and graceful, that of K495 often truly poetic with happy details of timing. And there is no shortage of wit in the finales, or of high spirits. Greer improvises his cadenzas: in the first movement of K495 he does, rightly I think, simply a longish flourish, with no reference to the themes of the movement." (Stanley Sadie, Gramophone Magazine)

Melvyn Tan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & 19 (1995)

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Melvyn Tan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & 19 (1995)

Melvyn Tan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & 19 (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 54:10 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: HMU 907138

Sparkling performances of Mozart's piano concertos No.18 and No.19 by keyboard virtuoso Melvyn Tan, "that princeling among fortepianists" (San Francisco Examiner). "Nimble, thoughtful musicianship… a sweet, crystalline tone" - San Francisco Chronicle "Two of the most seductive Mozart performances available" - Chicago Tribune

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorale - Alessandro Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers (2005)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorale - Alessandro Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers (2005)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorale - Alessandro Scarlatti: The Cecilian Vespers (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 620 Mb | Total time: 64:21+66:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie | # AV 0048 | Recorded: 2004

This delectable work, premiered in 1721, shows composer Alessandro Scarlatti at his most brilliantly varied. Solo passages are punctuated with choral interjections and vice-versa, an antiphon duet for oboe and the lovely soprano Suzanne Ryden at first seems like one between two singers; Scarlatti fools the ear. Soprano Dominique Labelle brings a grace to her fluent singing in both solo and ensemble passages which manages to be energetic and tender at once. The setting of the Dixit Dominus never rests; a tenor solo is interrupted by the chorus; an intricate soprano-soprano-counter-tenor trio in the "Dominus a dextris" is rendered even more complex by the chorus, which then, in an entirely different meter, nervously jumps its way to the end and then melts into a gentle baritone solo, with long, legato lines.

Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Serse (2009)

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Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Serse (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - George Frideric Handel: Serse (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 905 Mb | Total time: 68:47+65:41+42:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697532062 | Recorded: 1997

'Serse' comes late in the Handel opera list, with only two more attempts at the form remaining. Adapted from the libretto originally prepared for Cavalli's 'Xerses' in 1655 (itself a great opera), 'Serse' remains true to its Venetian roots. The action, which is largely comic, moves fluidly through short arias, ariosos and ariettas. Serse is a parody of the self-important ruler; "Ombra mai fu,' possibly Handel's most famous setting of Italian words, is in fact a love song to a plane tree originally intended to be sung by a man who had been castrated. Irony does not go much deeper than this. The characters that surround Serse are an uncommonly varied lot with the plain-speaking Atalanta a particular joy.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Arianna in Creta (1999)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Arianna in Creta (1999)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Arianna in Creta (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 942 Mb | Total time: 64:36+78:55+55:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: NDR kultur | Recorded: 1999

Nach dieser Produktion könnte man durchaus auf den Gedanken kommen, die Oper müsse eigentlich Teseo in Creta heissen, so beherrschend und überlegen gestaltet Wilke te Brummelstroete die Partie des Teseo! Neben ihrer Fähigkeit, sich dem Stil von Händels Musik anzupassen kommt ihre ungeheure Bühnenpräsenz und Ausdruckskraft, die sie zur alles beherrschenden Figur der Oper werden liess.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Apollo e Dafne (1985)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Apollo e Dafne (1985)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Apollo e Dafne (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 250 Mb | Total time: 51:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 905157 | Recorded: 1985

Apollo and Dafne tells the story of the nymph that gets turned into a laurel tree as a means of expiating her grief over the death of her lover. Strauss set the story as one of his late operas, and here you get the same deal in a third of the time. Nicholas McGegan's direction of this charming cantata keeps the story hopping along, the two protagonists sing well, and the music is delightful.

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen - George Frideric Handel: Orlando (2008)

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Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen - George Frideric Handel: Orlando (2008)

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen - George Frideric Handel: Orlando (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 804 Mb | Total time: 65:29+50:20+50:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: NDR kultur | Recorded: 2008

Den auf Ludovico Ariosts „Orlando furioso“ (Der rasende Roland/1516) basierenden Stoff hatte ein unbekannter Bearbeiter nach dem Libretto von Carlo Sigismondo Capece (Rom 1711) erstellt und eine ganze Reihe Veränderungen vorgenommen, die Händels Oper zu einer seiner originellsten Londoner Opern werden ließ.

Nicholas McGegan - Handel: Acis und Galatea, Version by Mendelssohn Bartholdy (2009)

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Nicholas McGegan - Handel: Acis und Galatea, Version by Mendelssohn Bartholdy (2009)

Nicholas McGegan - Handel: Acis und Galatea, Version by Mendelssohn Bartholdy (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:48 | 408 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: Carus | Catalog: 83.420

World premiere recording to mark the commemorative year 2009: Acis and Galatea was one of the most successful of Handel’s works during his lifetime. Following his death it also served as a model for several arrangements by prominent composers, including Mozart. That Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy concerned himself intensively with the work had been known for a long time, however only the parts had survived.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Partenope (2001)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Partenope (2001)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Partenope (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 978 Mb | Total time: 79:14+58:10+55:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Göttinger Händel-Gesellschaft | Recorded: 2001

…Meredith Hall, eine bildhübsche kanadische Sopranistin mit herrlicher Stimme und ausserordentlicher Bühnenpräsenz, war eine Partenope, wie sie im Buche steht. Ihr nahm man jede Äusserung und jede Aktion ab, sei es als furchtlose Regentin, als ständig umworbene, aber stets treu zu ihrem Liebhaber stehende Frau, oder als von Arsace arglistig getäuschte Geliebte.

Nicholas McGegan, Concerto Koln - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (2008)

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Nicholas McGegan, Concerto Koln - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (2008)

Nicholas McGegan, Concerto Köln - George Frideric Handel: Rodelinda (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 769 Mb | Total time: 58:46+52:25+54:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: NDR Kultur | Recorded: 2000

Der Garant für die hohe musikalische Qualität der Produktion war Festspielleiter Nicholas McGegan. Diese Rodelinda bestach durch eine differenzierte und ungeheuer lebendige Interpretation von Händels Musik. Mit dem Orchester Concerto Köln stand ihm auch eines der besten "Barock-" und Opernorchester zur Verfügung, das in dieser Rodelinda vor allem die lyrischen Dimensionen des Werkes genussvoll gestaltete.