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Handel - Giustino (Nicholas McGegan) [1994]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 22, 2017
Handel - Giustino (Nicholas McGegan) [1994]

Handel - Giustino (Nicholas McGegan) [1994]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907130.32 | TT: 74.22+38.35+60.20 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 789 Mb

Giustino is the Baroque version of a ‘ripping yarn’. The eponymous hero rises from ploughboy to emperor via an action-packed curriculum vitae that has him seeing visions, routing traitors, fighting bears and even slaying a sea-monster! Written in the autumn of 1736, shortly after Handel had suffered a period of ill-health, Giustino is not among his greatest operas, but it is thoroughly entertaining and offers much fine music. Particularly felicitous are Giustino’s bucolic aria ‘Può ben nascere tra li boschi’ and Anastasio’s lovely ‘O fiero e rio sospetto’. The headlong pace leaves Handel little time to develop the more sensual, amorous side of his music. One exception – and the opera’s most entrancing interlude – is the ravishing love duet in Act II, superbly sung here by Dorothea Röschmann (Arianna) and Dawn Kotoski (Anastasio). Michael Chance too is outstanding in the title role, proving that even countertenors can exude machismo. Nicholas McGegan coaxes a stylish performance from the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Giustino is the fourth Handel opera he has now recorded following a staging at the Göttingen Festival and this is his most assured reading to date. Mention in the credits of a Bear Growl Advisor suggests a commendable attention to grizzly detail. (Graham Lock)
English Bach Festival Chorus, English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Rameau: Nais (1995)

English Bach Festival Chorus, English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan - Rameau: Nais (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 54:22 + 51:36 | 619 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato | Catalog: 98532

It is only a short while since I reviewed a suite of dances from Rameau's opera, Nais. Now, hard on the heels of that disc (also conducted by McGegan, Harmonia Mundi, 7/95) comes a reissue of the entire work, albeit with judicious cuts. Nais was commissioned to celebrate the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748, and first performed the following year. Thus it was a vocal counterpart to Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, both pieces marking the conclusion of the War of the Austrian Succession. The present recording was made in 1980 following performances at London's Old Vic Theatre and at Versailles under the auspices of Lina Lalandi's enterprising English Bach Festival.

Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 21, 2017
Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]

Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907063.65 | TT: 72.22+70.53+62.38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 839 Mb

Agrippina (HWV 6) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. Composed for the 1709–10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani's libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an "anti-heroic satirical comedy", full of topical political allusions. Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani's political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI.
Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:58:22 | 970 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: 907168

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Susanna. Oratorio. First performed 1749. Complete version including all the music that Handel later deleted. Performed by Lorraine Hunt and Jill Feldman, soprano, Drew Minter, countertenor, Jeffrey Thomas, tenor, David Thomas and William Parker, bass; the U.C. Berkely Chamber Choir; the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Recorded live in September, 1989, at the Hertz Hall at the University of California.

Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 20, 2017
Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]

Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907073.75 | TT: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 854 Mb

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading. McGegan, however, fields the marginally more convincing team of singers, led by Drew Minter, whose pure bright tone, breathtaking coloratura and ardent delivery give pleasure at every hearing; Bowman, for King, sings with sensitivity but his mannered tone and technical limitations are serious drawbacks. Conversely, Dominique Visse, for King, with his inimitable reedy timbre and impeccable musicianship, is matchless as Ottone’s rival in kingship, Adelberto, fine as Ralf Popken is for McGegan. Of the female roles, Claron McFadden produces a stream of radiant tone as Teofane; but so does Lisa Saffer, who, in addition, offers a wider range of colour. Both sets are recommendable, but Minter’s charismatic performance, Saffer’s deeper perceptions and the inclusion of arias Handel wrote for later revivals tip the balance in favour of McGegan. Whatever your choice, it’s an opera not to be missed. (Antony Bye)

Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by DZ123 at Feb. 8, 2017
Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages

Ian Christopher Levy, Rita George-Tvrtkovi, Donald Duclow, "Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages"
English | 2014 | ISBN: 9004274758 | PDF | pages: 279 | 1.3 mb

Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres [Repost]  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by ChrisRedfield at Feb. 6, 2017
Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres [Repost]

David Albertson - Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres
Published: 2014-06-17 | ISBN: 0199989737 | PDF | 512 pages | 2.21 MB
Joseph Moog, Nicholas Milton - Grieg & Moszkowski: Piano Concertos (2015)

Joseph Moog, Nicholas Milton - Grieg & Moszkowski: Piano Concertos (2015)
Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 172 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical | Label: Onyx | 2015 | 01:05:24

Joseph Moog has established an enviable reputation as one of the most impressive virtuoso pianists of the young generation. His tastes embrace both the core repertoire and many unjustly neglected works, such as the Moszkowski Piano Concerto. This skillfully constructed piece is overflowing with memorable tunes, brilliant piano writing and beautiful orchestration elegantly realized by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern under Nicholas Milton. Moog couples the Moszkowski with the evergreen Grieg concerto, a work which never fails to impress.

Nicholas Nickleby (2002)  Video

Posted by rwdfox at Jan. 30, 2017
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
BDRip 720p | 132mn | 1280x544 | MKV AVC@4390Kbps 23.98fps | DTS@1509Kbps 6CH 48KHz | 5.46 GiB
Language: English | Genre: Drama, Romance | Subtitles: English

Young Nicholas and his family enjoy a comfortable life, until Nicholas' father dies and the family is left penniless. Nicholas, his sister and mother venture to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph

Nicholas Cook, "Guida all'analisi musicale"  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by TimMa at Jan. 29, 2017
Nicholas Cook, "Guida all'analisi musicale"

Nicholas Cook, "Guida all'analisi musicale"
Guerini Scientifica | 2010 | ISBN: 8881072890 | Italian | PDF | 290 pages | 91.2 MB

La ricca tradizione analitica fiorita da un secolo in qua nei paesi di lingua tedesca, inglese e francese è ancora sostanzialmente estranea al musicista e al musicofilo colto italiano. Questo volume intende fornire gli strumenti per ovviare a tale lacuna formativa e informativa in una prospettiva interdisciplinare di vasto respiro. …