Handel Hwv.13

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.
Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Baroque Chamber Orchestra - Handel, Bononcini: Muzio Scevola [1992]

Handel, Bononcini - Muzio Scevola (Rudolph Palmer) [1992]
Classical | Newport Classic NPD 85540 | TT: 58.08+57.48 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 517 Mb

Muzio Scevola ("Mucius Scaevola", HWV 13) is an opera seria in three acts about Gaius Mucius Scaevola. The Italian-language libretto was by Paolo Antonio Rolli, adapted from a text by Silvio Stampiglia. The music for the first act was composed by Filippo Amadei, the second act by Giovanni Bononcini, and the third by George Frideric Handel. Collaborations of groups of composers were common in the 18th century, though this is the only one done in London. Bononcini had written the music for two earlier treatments of this story on his own, works dating from 1695 and 1710. The opera's initial run of performances began at the King's Theatre in London on 15 April 1721. A part of the second act and the third part composed by Händel is documented on the production of new port Classic being here.
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.

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Oct. 16, 2017
George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 76:39+68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1273-2 | Recorded: 2004

Ever the recycler, Handel cobbled together Oreste from parts of pre-existing scores for his 1734 season at Covent Garden. The work promptly disappeared from the repertory for the next 250 years – a fact that is both understandable, given that it's a less convincing result than his fully original operas, and a shame, since Handel's table scraps are still amongst the most entertaining morsels from the period. The present recording, by George Petrou, the Camerata Stuttgart, and a cast of mostly Greek singers, is its first complete performance on CD and an admirably realized production, characterized by polished, stylish singing and vivid orchestral playing. In style, sound, and dramatic pacing, Petrou's effort distinguishes itself as a fine entry in the Handelian opera catalog, and makes a compelling argument for the musical value of the piece itself.
George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 759 Mb | Total time: 54:25+67:56+41:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1375-2 | Recorded: 2005

In the winter of 1733-1734, the opera houses of London were abounding in Ariannas. In late December, Porpora's Arianna in Nasso was staged by the Opera of the Nobility. In late January, Handel's Arianna in Creta was staged by the composer's own opera company. Comparison, apparently, proved odious – and fatal: Porpora's Naxos Arianna has fallen from the repertoire while Handel's Cretan Arianna has barely hung on by her finger tips. This 2005 Greek performance with George Petrou leading the Orchestra of Patras is the work's first recording in decades – and, thankfully, it's quite fine. Most of the women soloists – and whether their characters are male or female, most of the parts here are sung by woman because most of the parts then were written for castratos – are terrific. Mata Katsuli is sweet but strong in the title role and Theodora Baka is especially effective and affecting as Alceste. The period instrument Orchestra of Patras is stylish, colorful, and lively, particularly the winds and brass playing in the finale. As captured in Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm characteristically crisp, deep, and detailed sound, this Arianna is well worth hearing by anyone who reveres the operas of the German-English composer.
(James Leonard)
George Frideric Handel: The Masterworks (2009) (30 CD Box Set)

George Frideric Handel: The Masterworks (2009) (30 CD Box Set)
MP3 320 kbps | 30 CDs, 31:26:48 min min | 4,25 Gb | Scans ->4,8 mb
Genre: Classical, Baroque / Label: Decca

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 (2016)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Sept. 18, 2017
Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 (2016)

Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 106:59 min | 634 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 34 | Rls.date: 2016

Both Acis and Galatea and the cantata Sarei troppo felice heard here represent decisive turning points in Handel's career. The Italian cantata came at the beginning of the one and half decades spent by Handel in the service of various patrons. Acis and Galatea marks the highpoint of this phase and therefore, like the cantata before it, clearly renders recognizable the musical means available to him in the private ensembles of his employers. Moreover, Acis and Galatea contains the musical and textual seeds of the English oratorio, which after 1742 completely supplanted opera compositions.
Marion Verbruggen, Ton Koopman, Jaap Ter Linden - George Frideric Handel: The Complete Sonatas for Recorder (1995)

George Frideric Handel: The Complete Sonatas for Recorder (1995)
Marion Verbruggen, recorder; Ton Koopman, harpsichord; Jaap Ter Linden, violoncello

EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907151 | Time: 00:57:38

If only for his melodic genius, Handel would have been forever acknowledged as one of history's greatest composers. These delightful sonatas for recorder provide abundant evidence to support that claim, and Marion Verbruggen's warm, resonant recorder and brilliant flute prove the perfect partners for bringing these rarely heard pieces to life.
London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)

London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD428 | Time: 00:48:16

London Early Opera follow up their debut release (Handel in Italy, Vol. 1) with a treasure trove of music by George Frideric Handel (as well as his contemporaries Thomas Arne and John Hebden) centered on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a carnival of music and entertainments that entertained visitors for nearly 200 years. The booklet notes features images and expert commentaries of the Vauxhall Gardens by author David E. Coke and conductor and musicologist Bridget Cunningham.
Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Lauren Snouffer - Handel: Ottone, HWV 15 (2017) [24/96]

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Lauren Snouffer - Handel: Ottone, HWV 15 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 202:31 minutes | 3.65 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Handel’s Ottone, re di Germania is presented here in a new recording by Max Emanuel Cencic and a superb cast, under the baton of George Petrou with Il Pomo d’Oro.