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.
René Jacobs & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011) [Official Digital Download]

René Jacobs & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 202:39 minutes | 1.98 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After his acclaimed explorations of such Handel operas as Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, René Jacobs now tackles the first great operatic success of the ‘caro Sassone’ (Venice, 1710), the climax of his Italian period. This version reconstructs the work in its original conception, the only one to combine explosive topicality with extreme dramatic cogency. As a result, this tale of amorous intrigues against a background of Roman history, the ‘prequel’ to Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, emerges more fascinating than ever.
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.
Zefiro Baroque Orchestra, Alfredo Bernardini - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, Concerti a due cori (2008) (Repost)

Zefiro Baroque Orchestra, Alfredo Bernardini - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, Concerti a due cori (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:53 | 368 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Amadeus | Catalog: AM 221-2

Despite the use of period instruments, including some fine blaring natural horns, this couldn't be called a historically informed performance of Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351. The work was not composed for a pleasant onboard afternoon musicale like the Water Music, but instead was part of an event that would have been one of the top items on CNN Headline News for 1749: the celebration of the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, brokered by King George II.
Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston, The English Concert - Handel: Coronation Anthems, Concerti A Due Cori (1995)

Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey, The English Concert - Handel: Coronation Anthems, Concerti A Due Cori (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:27 | 392 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 0289 447 2802 6

This disc brings together recordings made in the 1980's as part of a reduction of three original discs down to two. At the same time, the original fine recordings have been remastered to good effect with added depth and space. This makes a particularly important improvement to the Coronation Anthems which previously came over as sonically lacking ideal breadth, depth and recorded weight in Zadok. The ears adjusted after that.
Philippe Jaroussky - The Handel Album (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Philippe Jaroussky - The Handel Album (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:45 minutes | 1.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

„Recording an album entirely devoted to Händel is an unmissable opportunity for any singer who loves Baroque music, but especially for a countertenor. In fact the sheer choice of arias, each more wonderful than the one before, is staggering, but does mean that every singer can find the numbers best suited to his or her voice and personality.
Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier - Bach: Magnificat - Handel: Dixit Dominus (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 61:04 minutes | 1.12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After several recordings on Ricercar and a first disc on Alpha, Actus Tragicus, containing early Bach cantatas, ‘of staggering profundity, purity and beauty’ (ffff Télérama), Lionel Meunier and his ensemble Vox Luminis devote this new project to two showpieces by Handel and Bach.
Julie Boulianne - Alma Oppressa - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias (2017)

Julie Boulianne - Alma Oppressa - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 58:45 min | 299 MB
Label: Analekta ‎– AN28780 | Tracks: 16 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Opera, Baroque

La mezzo-soprano québécoise Julie Boulianne, que les auditeurs français ont pu récemment entendre à Paris, Toulouse, Avignon, Limoges, Reims, Tours ou Nantes, et qui a fait voici quelques années ses débuts remarqués au MET de New York, nous propose un beau florilège d’aires de Haendel et Vivaldi, choisi parmi les héroïnes les plus tourmentées – d’où le titre de l’album, Alma opressa.
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.
Philippe Grisvard - Handel Works for Keyboard (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Philippe Grisvard - Handel Works for Keyboard (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 60:36 minutes | 1.39 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Even though Handel's œuvre for solo keyboard is somewhat irregular and less extensive than that of Bach or Domenico Scarlatti, it remains nevertheless immensely fascinating and surprising. In fact, by exploring the various genres (suite, capriccio, fugue, chaconne, …) outside of the famous Walsh collections of Suites (1720 & 1733), we discover the composer's many distinct faces. For his first solo album Philippe Grisvard looks also at composers who played essential roles in the development of Handel's style, such as Zachow, Krieger, Mattheson and Babell and thus draws a vivid and colourful picture of Handel's life.