Hwv 53

George Frideric Handel - Collegium Cartusianum - Saul [HWV 53] (1998, MDG "Gold" # 332 0801-2) [RE-UP]

George Frideric Handel - Saul [HWV 53] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 955 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 0801-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1998
Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Oratorio

…Against the competition, this new German recording rates very high. It is certainly superior to Harnoncourt's heavily cut and somewhat mannered Teldec reissue.
Handel - Saul, HWV 53 (Dresdner Kammerchor & Barockorchester, Hans-Christoph Rademann) (2008)

Handel - Saul, HWV 53 (Dresdner Kammerchor & Barockorchester, Hans-Christoph Rademann) (2008)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 783.01 MB
Label: Carus | TT: 165.:07

Saul is among Handel’s most dramatic oratorios. As in almost no other Handel oratorio, the exciting drama of this work shows how close it was to the opera of that time. Through the use of harp and glockenspiel in the orchestra he impressively portrays the history of Saul and David with the sounds of ancient Israel.

George Frideric Handel - Saul [HWV 53] (1998)  Music

Posted by luckburz at July 6, 2012
George Frideric Handel - Saul [HWV 53] (1998)

George Frideric Handel - Saul [HWV 53] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 955 MB | MP3 CBR 320: 393 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info + Rev-part
Label/Cat#: MDG 332 0801-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1998 | Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Oratorio

…Against the competition, this new German recording rates very high. It is certainly superior to Harnoncourt's heavily cut and somewhat mannered Teldec reissue.
George Frideric Handel - Collegium Cartusianum - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (2001, MDG "Gold" # 332 1079-2) [RE-UP]

George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 1,06 GB | MP3 CBR 320: 404 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 1079-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2001
Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Baroque, Oratorio

From bar one, I felt an assurance and naturalness about the rhythms, a clarity and tonal richness in the orchestral and vocal texture, a stylishness of phrasing and embellishment, and a sheer zest and power of dramatic presentation that add up to a totally convincing and gripping whole. […] Neumann and his team have excelled themselves, and so has Handel, and anyone who thinks 18th-century music wanting in musico-dramatic force is urged to acquire this magnificent set without delay.

George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)  Music

Posted by luckburz at July 7, 2012
George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)

George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 1,06 GB | MP3 CBR 320: 404 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info + Rev-part
Label/Cat#: MDG 332 1079-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2001 | Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Oratorio

From bar one, I felt an assurance and naturalness about the rhythms, a clarity and tonal richness in the orchestral and vocal texture, a stylishness of phrasing and embellishment, and a sheer zest and power of dramatic presentation that add up to a totally convincing and gripping whole. […] Neumann and his team have excelled themselves, and so has Handel, and anyone who thinks 18th-century music wanting in musico-dramatic force is urged to acquire this magnificent set without delay.
La Cetra Barockorchester, Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017) [24/96]

La Cetra Barockorchester, Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 116:40 minutes | 2.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel sparkle in this new release of Handel's forgotten masterpiece Parnasso in testa, recorded shortly before their hugely successful Netherlands premiere of the opera in November 2016.
Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017)

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 114:31 min | 593 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 46 | Rls.date: 2017

Why yet another Messiah? ‘I went through the different scores that exist and decided on the very interesting 1754 version, which features five soloists. You must remember that, when Handel arrived somewhere to perform his oratorio, he had soloists of varying standards available to him. So he quickly revised his score accordingly… All this is directly related to the reality of Handel’s situation as a concert promoter. In those days, to earn a living from his music, a composer absolutely had to get his works performed and make a profit on the evening.
Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017) [24/88]

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 115:18 minutes | 1.96 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Why yet another Messiah? ‘I went through the different scores that exist and decided on the very interesting 1754 version, which features five soloists. You must remember that, when Handel arrived somewhere to perform his oratorio, he had soloists of varying standards available to him. So he quickly revised his score accordingly… All this is directly related to the reality of Handel’s situation as a concert promoter.
Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - Handel: Serse, HWV 40 (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - Handel: Serse, HWV 40 (2009)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 797 Mb | Total time: 68:47+65:41+42:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697532062 | Recorded: 1997

Serse has been one of my favorite Handel operas since I first heard the old Priestman LP on Westminster (Maureen Forrester in the title role, Lucia Popp as Romilda). Despite its frequent raggedness and "harpsichord on speed" continuo, this was a thoroughly dramatic and engaging performance. I've waited for decades for a new Serse which could benefit from the new performance standards we take for granted in baroque opera today. I was strongly disposed to like this disc, since although I've found McGegan a bit uneven in the past, his more recent Handel efforts, particularly Radamisto, have been superb. I can't fault the singers or orchestra in this performance, but the dramatic spark that makes Serse so special seems to me to be missing. I went back and compared my old Priestman recording and was even more convinced that the definitive Serse is yet to come. It's surprising there haven't been more recordings, since this work has a lot of potential appeal, and is one of Handel's most accomplished pieces. Maybe I'm just too picky, but I'd love to see someone reissue the Priestman on CD– and while they are at it, his equally engaging Rodelinda (fortunately, there is better competition for the latter).
Nicholas McGegan, Gottingen Festival Orchestra - Handel: Samson, HWV 57 (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, Gottingen Festival Orchestra - Handel: Samson, HWV 57 (2009)
Classical | EAC | APE, CUE, LOG | Scans | 756,57 MB
Nicholas McGegan | Released: 2009 | Label: Carus

Samson, which is one of Handel’s last religious oratorios, is in three acts, and was first performed in London in February 1743. “For this work,” states Raphaël Legrand, “Handel borrowed much from others (namely, Telemann, T. Muffat, Legrenzi, Carissimi) and effectively transformed many motifs by Numinor de Giovanni Porta that he heard in London in 1720, which greatly inspired him. Propelled by the success of John Beard, whose great musicality surpassed his less than great voice, and impacting the future of the English oratorio, Handel innovated by attributing the lead role to a tenor (Italian operas privileged the voices of castrates and women).” The new production presented here, recorded in June 2006, is quite simply dazzling. Driven by Nicolas Mc Gegan’s conducting that is supple, profound and light all at once, it offers beauty at each instant, most notably in its highly homogeneous chorus, and in its two leads, Thomas Colley in the role of Samson and Sopie Daneman as Dalila, who deploy extraordinary emotion. The rest of the cast must also be commended for great balance in a fluid and serene musical discourse. This is quite an accomplishment in a wonderful sound recording.