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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)

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René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)

René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.01 Gb | Total time: 202:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 952088.90 | Recorded: 2010

Continuinghis exploration of Handel operas, maestro René Jacobs now turns his attention to Agrippina the first great operatic success of the composer s Italian period. Composed in 1709, Agrippina is an opera seria in three acts on a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. 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 full of topical political allusions. Some believe that it reflects the rivalry between Grimani and Pope Clement XI. From its opening night, the work was given a then- unprecedented run of 27 consecutive performances and received much critical acclaim.

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

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.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Rinaldo (2000)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Rinaldo (2000)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Rinaldo (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 870 Mb | Total time: 76:52+51:38+45:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 467 088 2 | Recorded: 1999

On February 24 1711, the curtain at the Haymarket theater went up for 'Rinaldo,' the first opera George Frideric Handel produced for London. It had a libretto by Giacomo Rossi, based on a somewhat mangled outline of Tasso's epic poem of the Crusades, 'Gerusalemme Liberata,' which had been prepared by impresario Aaron Hill with the aim of allowing for as many special machinery effects as possible. Handel clearly wanted to impress London, for his sparkling music contained liberal borrowings from some of his best recent scores. While many changes and cuts were made up to the time of Handel1s final revision in 1731, this recording attempts as much as possible to return to the version that would have been heard in the first London production.

Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Handel: Messiah (2010)

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Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Handel: Messiah (2010)

Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Handel: Messiah (2010)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 11471 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 154 min | 19,7 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3873 kbps
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 154 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: English / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish

To mark the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, Vienna's Theater an der Wien realized a truly extraordinary project: the staging of Messiah, the composer's most popular oratorio. Collaborating with an exquisite cast of singers, Claus Guth, one of today's highly renowned stage directors, delivered 'an emotionally and psychologically charged sequence of images. . . The audience was thrilled' (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Handel: Opera Arias 'Ombra Cara' (2010)

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Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Handel: Opera Arias 'Ombra Cara' (2010)

Bejun Mehta, René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester - Handel: Opera Arias 'Ombra Cara' (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 373 Mb | Total time: 71:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902077 | Recorded: 2010

Mehta differs from other countertenors insofar as his dynamic range is concerned. As René Jacobs points, Mehta can sing high softly–very rare for this voice type–and has a rich, full alto range. Furthermore, his phrasing is natural and musical; he can express feelings from rage to ecstasy to yearning by coloring his tone, leaning into a note or phrase. His coloratura is natural and unaspirated; his bottom register takes on a very dark hue without becoming baritonal or chesty. His embellishments are both tasteful and virtuosic–a rare combo–and he has real trills.

Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Che Puro Ciel (2013)

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Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin - Che Puro Ciel (2013)

Bejun Mehta, René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Che Puro Ciel: Mozart, Gluck, Traetta, Hasse, J.C.Bach (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 69:50 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902172 | Recorded: 2013

The contents of this album reflect the operatic music Mozart would have known as a teenager. One of the composers, Christoph Willibald Gluck, is known as a founder of the Classical style in opera; others, including Johann Adolf Hasse, Johann Christian Bach, and Tommaso Traetta, are known mostly to specialists, at least in the operatic field. Listeners who have heard the spectacular arias of the late Baroque popularized by Renée Fleming and others will find the pieces here less virtuosic but more dramatically satisfying, as if the composers and librettists had engaged themselves anew with the ancient Greek stories they were retelling. One might object that annotator Denis Morrier gives short shift to the most important of the librettists, Pietro Metastasio, whose writings remained popular up to Beethoven's time.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2003)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2003)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 996 Mb | Total time: 75:52+80:30+63:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Production | # 474 210-2 | Recorded: 2002

"Though “Giulio Cesare” is the best known of Handel’s masterly operas, familiarity has not made it any easier to perform. Handel seized on the story of Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48-47 B.C. as a chance to explore two often entwined human fascinations: politics and sex. If there are too many twists and improbabilities in the plot, the central characterizations are unvarnished and complex. The conductor Marc Minkowski’s vibrant recording with Les Musiciens du Louvre, a remarkable period-instrument ensemble from Paris, which captures a live performance in Vienna in 2002, may be the best overall."
- Anthony Tommasini