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Christopher Purves, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - George Frideric Handel: Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)

George Frideric Handel - Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)
Christopher Purves, bass; Arcangelo, conducted by Jonathan Cohen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67842 | Time: 01:10:53

The magnificent Christopher Purves performs a recital of Handel’s bass arias. This unique collection demonstrates the range and brilliance of Handel’s writing for this voice, featuring a selection from Italian and English operas, English classical drama, Biblical oratorios, literary odes and a masque. Handel’s endlessly imaginative gift for characterization is fully explored here, with Purves commanding an extraordinary emotional and technical range from the buffo blustering of Polyphemus in Acis and Gatalea to the loving musings of Abinoam in ‘Tears, such as tender fathers shed’ from the oratorio Deborah.

Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 19, 2017
Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)

Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:58:12 | 779 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU 907581

“[These suites] have rarely been recorded or promoted by harpsichordists during the most recent revival of interest in ‘early music.’” I realize that Richard Egarr is entitled to his own opinions—his liner notes on an earlier release, for example, likened the humor in Purcell’s harpsichord music to that of the wonderful old 1950s BBC comedy The Goon Show —but he’s not entitled to his own facts. Christopher Brodersen pointed out in a 2011 review of these works featuring Laurence Cummings ( Fanfare 34:5) that ArkivMusic listed nine complete sets played on the harpsichord, with several others on the piano. I find some of the suites have considerably more recordings than that, in 2014: 26 for the Suite in A Major, 28 for the Suite in D Minor, 25 for the Suite in E Minor, 47 for the Suite in E Major. If such numbers reflect rare recordings, I have to wonder what Egarr would consider a moderate number, let alone a frequent one.
Emma Kirkby, Paul Nicholson - Handel: The Occasional Songs (2001)

Emma Kirkby, Paul Nicholson - Handel: The Occasional Songs (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 76:10 | 369 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: SOMM Recordings | Catalog: B00005LVXK

Here is a side of Handel unfamiliar even to those knowledgeable about his music. Most of this CD is devoted to miscellaneous songs in English‚ many of them published in his time on song sheets‚ or in journals‚ or given to friends‚ or intended for use in the theatre. They are‚ generally‚ in a more popular vein than his familiar music‚ and often in the style used by such composers as Arne or Boyce‚ or lesser men‚ in their English songs. The best of them‚ to my taste‚ are the theatre songs: ‘I like the amorous youth’ is a specially charming piece‚ and ‘Love’s but the frailty of the mind’‚ a Congreve setting made for the admired actress­singer Kitty Clive‚ is an exquisite and touching little song‚ especially when sung as beautifully as it is here by Emma Kirkby.
Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood - Handel, Arne, Lampe, Haydn & Mozart (1998)

Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood - Handel, Arne, Lampe, Haydn & Mozart (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 139:22 | 637 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: B000009DG1

Classical music is one of the greatest joys in life. Opera on the other hand, is often too melodramatic to stomach. But there is nothing more enchanting than an Aria. On this 2 CD set, Emma Kirkby sings in sweet exultation. Her voice expresses power and agility yet a limpid tranquility. Clarity is the greatest achievement of any musician. With the aid of precision accompaniment on period instruments, shameless perfection is delivered. She soothes the soul longing for beauty. Her marvelous Soprano is rendered on 25 tracks in this eclectic ensemble. If you are a champion of Handel or a devotee of Mozart, you should not hesitate to purchase this CD. Emma Kirkby will have you beaming with delight and pining for more. Surely it will be one of the brightest of your collection.
Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch - Mr. Handel's Trumpeters (2015) [TR24][OF]

Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch - Mr. Handel's Trumpeters
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | 57:23 min | 0.98 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Raumklang | Tracks: 33 | Rls.date: 2015

George Frideric Handel had an outstanding trumpeter in his orchestra: Valentine Snow. "Mr. Handel's Trumpeter," as he was later called, inspired Handel to write numerous tailor-made trumpet parts for him. In contrast to his contemporaries, Handel was interested less in virtuosity, than in mellifluous sound and dramatic effect, as reflected in the pieces on this CD. The point of departure for the recording is provided by the trumpet music of Purcell and his contemporaries, music that clearly displays Italian influence and formed the foundation for Handel's compositions.
Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68045 | Time: 00:59:48

Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr here assemble all the viola da gamba sonatas written by three composers born in the propitious year of 1685: one each by Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, and three by JS Bach. Isserlis plays them on the gamba’s modern cousin, the cello, and the microphone loves his playing, picking up all the nuances and scampering asides from his soft-spoken instrument which can sometimes get lost in big concert halls. Egarr on harpsichord matches Isserlis’s eloquence and rambunctious energy all the way. The dreamy, airy slow movement of Bach’s Sonata in G minor brings telling use of vibrato as Isserlis circles around Egarr, his playing at once idiomatic and soulful. An extra cellist reinforces the bass line in the Handel and Scarlatti, in which the composers give the harpsichordist only a framework; Egarr’s imaginative realisations ensure that even when Scarlatti is at his most repetitive, he is never dull.
George Frideric Handel - Arminio, HWV 36 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

George Frideric Handel - Arminio, HWV 36 (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.81GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download , Decca Classics

This Decca Classics release is the first ever complete recording of Arminio, with only one previous incomplete performance available. Described by one contemporary commentator as a miracle, and another as in every respect excellent & vastly pleasing, Arminio is ripe for reappraisal and new presentation.
Baroque Christmas: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach (2011)

Baroque Christmas: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach (2011)
Lucia Popp, soprano; Brigitte Fassbaender, contralto; Robert Gambill, tenor; Robert Holl, bass
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor; Sudfunkchor
Dame Janet Baker, contralto; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Choir of King’s College
Cambridge Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sir Philip Ledger, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 399 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 212 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral, Oratorio | Label: EMI | # 50999 6 78165 2 1 | Time: 01:14:56

The peal of church bells, the scent of Christmas trees and gleaming lights in every window: now all that's missing to complete the Yuletide mood is Christmas by great Baroque composers. This CD contains the most moving arias and resplendent choruses from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah - the perfect music to celebrate Christmas with.
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 - 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.