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Eva Zaïcik, Le Consort - Royal Handel (2020)

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Eva Zaïcik, Le Consort - Royal Handel (2020)

Eva Zaïcik, Le Consort - Royal Handel (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 64:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 662 | Recorded: 2020

The Royal Handel of the title of this Alpha release does not refer to music for the king specifically but to the Royal Academy of Music. Founded in 1719, this opera organization gave Handel his first major post in Britain when he was appointed the music director. He traveled back to Italy, returning to London with the singers and instrumentalists who would bring his music to life over the next two decades. He had rivals whom he eclipsed, Giovanni Bononcini and Attilio Ariosti, and they are represented on the program; it's striking how Handelian their music sounds in this context, even if the Handel arias have greater breadth.

Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)

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Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)

Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, Bridget Cunningham, London Early Opera - Handel's Queens: Cuzzoni & Faustina (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 638 Mb | Total time: 127:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | SIGCD579 | Recorded: 2019

Handels Queens features some of the most exquisite pieces of music written by G.F. Handel and his contemporaries for the two finest singers of the eighteenth century, Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni. Often wrongfully framed as rivals, these dazzling new recordings with Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe reveal the distinctive yet versatile talent of the Italian vocalists. Led by London Early Opera Director, Bridget Cunningham, Handels Queens serves an example of the groups dedication to imaginative programming and outstanding period performance, placing them at the forefront of baroque research.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Hana Blažíková, Petr Wagner, Ensemble Tourbillon - Vienna 1709: Baldassari, Ariosti, G.B. Bononcini, Fux (2014)

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Hana Blažíková, Petr Wagner, Ensemble Tourbillon - Vienna 1709: Baldassari, Ariosti, G.B. Bononcini, Fux (2014)

Hana Blažíková, Petr Wagner, Ensemble Tourbillon - Vienna 1709: Baldassari, Ariosti, G.B. Bononcini, Fux (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 58:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | ACC24284 | Recorded: 2013

The young Czech soprano Hana Blažíkóva is one of the most exciting voices in the baroque scene. Conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Masaaki Suzuki and Vaclav Luks frequently invite her for CD recordings, concerts and tours. She regularly appears at renowned festivals including Prague Spring, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Resonances in Vienna and the Early Music Days in Regensburg.

Ann Hallenberg, Ditte Andersen, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin - Mia vita, mio bene (2006)

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Ann Hallenberg, Ditte Andersen, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin - Mia vita, mio bene (2006)

Ann Hallenberg, Ditte Andersen, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney Berlin - Mia vita, mio bene (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 390 Mb | Total time: 78:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0017902BG | Recorded: 2005

Danish soprano Ditte Andersen and Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg were heard to stunning effect in Spedidam's splendid 2006 recording of Gluck's Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone with the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset. Here they tackle another obscure corner of the Baroque: cantatas and operatic arias discovered in the libraries of the palaces at Meinungen and Sonderhausen, many of which were previously unknown. The Italian composers represented include a few who are well known, but they are predominantly obscure – Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, as well as his brother Antonio, Francesco Gasparini, Giovanni Battista Alveri, Giuseppe Maria Andrea di Orlandini, Attilio Ariosti, Giovanni Porta, and Tommaso Bernardo Gaffi.

Kah-Ming Ng, Charivari Agreable - Avanti l'Opera: An A-Z of Italian Baroque Overtures (2014)

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Kah-Ming Ng, Charivari Agreable - Avanti l'Opera: An A-Z of Italian Baroque Overtures (2014)

Kah-Ming Ng, Charivari Agréable - Avanti l'Opera: An A-Z of Italian Baroque Overtures (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 63:15 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD383 | Recorded: 2013

Charivari Agreable perform a collection of overtures from the Italian Baroque Opera, best described by director Kah-Ming Ng as lucidly crafted for the purpose of turning heads. In a decadent era when the theatregoers antics were often as intriguing as the on-stage performances, these works were composed to thrill, beguile and engage a distracted audience. Charivari Agreable represent a new and very exciting phase of the early music revival, one that enriches the existing repertory and can bring us ever closer to the spirit of the original music.