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Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)

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Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)

Harry Bicket, Bavarian State Orchestra, David Daniels, Deborah York - Handel: Rinaldo (2001)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 163 min | 7,68+4,05 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 2001

David Daniels' Rinaldo is surely the equal of his illustrious 18th -century predeccessors. His countertenor is one of the most accomplished voices I have heard… As Arimda, Noemi Nadelmann's voices started where her legs ended, and shet hrew coloratura at us as though it was going out of fashion (astride her pet Hydra being a particularly fabulous show-stopper). David Walker as Goffredo is no vocal sluch either; his voice is brighter edged than Daniels', and almostb as fluent.

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.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Bajazet (2005)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Bajazet (2005)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Bajazet (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.43 Gb | Total time: 73:37+72:49+29:00 (dvd) | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 724354567629 | Recorded: 2004

Composed for the Carnival season in Verona in 1735, Bajazet is a ‘pasticcio’ opera based on the familiar story of the eponymous Turkish sultan’s imprisonment at the hands of the Tartar tyrant Tamerlane. As such, it openly uses arias by other composers, including Hasse, Broschi and Giacomelli, as well as re-cycled pieces from Vivaldi’s own operas (L’Olimpiade, Giustino, Farnace, Semiramide and Montezuma among them). But this is no mere patchwork of recycled numbers. All the ‘borrowed’ arias are expertly placed within the dramatic fabric of the work and are held together with richly composed recitatives. What we end up with is the best of the best in terms of Neapolitan-style opera – tuneful, virtuosic and passionate. Virtually every number in this recording is a highlight. What really lifts the recording is the quality of the performances. There are no holes or flaws among the experienced cast.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Thomas Arne: The Masque of Alfred (2000)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Thomas Arne: The Masque of Alfred (2000)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Thomas Arne: The Masque of Alfred (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 76:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77529 2 | Recorded: 1999

The Masque of Alfred - apart of course from its finale "Rule Britannia" - has in the 1990s reached CD. Just two years ago a version was issued with the BBC Music Magazine and now we have this more complete account (though there were several variants in Arne's own day) from Nicholas McGegan, an experienced exponent of 18th Century music, recorded in America and using mainly American performers. And very welcome is it. If offers 76 minutes of music, 25 minutes more than the BBC CD and if the OAE's playing on the latter under Nicholas Kraemer often seems rather superior, the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra are fully equal to Arne's demands which include often atmospheric parts for oboes, horns and flute as well as the basic strings. McGegan uses only four solo singers against the BBC's six.

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

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Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 74321 935812 | Recorded: 1998

By the eighteenth century, Palermo-born Alessandro Scarlatti was the most widely performed Italian composer of vocal music having written more than sixty operas and well over a hundred cantatas. The cantata, more concentrated than opera, was considered at that time as the higher artistic form. Scarlatti was extremely prolific and many of his works including cantatas still remain unrecorded.

David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)

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David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)

David Daniels, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus, Longe mala (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 55:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45474 2 | Recorded: 2001

The "Stabat Mater" is most substantial. Alternating recitatives and arias, often framed by instrumental ritornellos, it is heartbreakingly mournful, but ends peacefully before closing with a whole aria on "Amen." The other two works are real bravura pieces for the singer. They cover an enormous range and are full of florid coloratura passages and wide leaps. "Nisi Dominus" is very dramatic, with mysterious chromatic lines and big climaxes; "Longe mala" goes from defiant vehemence through fervent entreaty to serene resignation.

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante, Dorothea Roschmann, David Daniels - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (2006)

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Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante, Dorothea Roschmann, David Daniels - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (2006)

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante, Dorothea Röschmann, David Daniels - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 57:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 363340 2 | Recorded: 2005

The market is loaded with recordings of Pergolesi's beautiful, graceful "Stabat Mater" and there are also plenty of versions of both "Salve Regina" selections to choose from. The young Pergolesi, who died at age 26, had a flair for the theater and the "Stabat Mater" was often accused of being too operatic. Fabio Biondi presents it (and the other two pieces) without much sentimentality and he uses a vastly reduced orchestra–a mere three violins, viola, cello, double bass, and theorbo (and organ)–which brings the stark religiosity to the forefront. That is not to say that these pieces aren't sensual as well; soprano Dorothea Röschmann's mesmerizing, warm tone and David Daniel's flawless, forwardly placed countertenor are lush enough to create drama of their own. And Biondi chooses tempi that are quick enough to give each movement thrust while lingering on Pergolesi's dissonances effectively. The two "Salve Regina" selections are scored for one voice each and each soloist shines brightly. Among the many versions of these works, this new set stands out.
–Robert Levine

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

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David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade (2000)

David Daniels, Martin Katz - Serenade: Beethoven, Schubert, Caldara, Gluck, Cesti, Lotti, Gounod, Williams, Poulenc, Purcell (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45400 2 8 | Recorded: 1999

It's a truism by now that countertenors have made a notable comeback in our time, but David Daniels isn't about to rest on his laurels. As if his recent successes weren't enough to set him apart, on this recital album Daniels forays beyond the countertenor's stereotypical domain of the baroque to interpret lieder of Beethoven and Schubert, as well as French mélodies and Vaughan Williams. A stunningly beautiful disc. -
-Thomas May

David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)

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David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)

David Daniels, Roger Norrington, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Operatic Arias (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 69:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 45326 2 | Recorded: 1998

The ever-increasing popularity of Handel and his contemporaries, and their employment of alto castratos, has encouraged the development of countertenors capable of similar vocal feats to the original interpreters of the heroic roles in these works. Among these the distinguished American, David Daniels, who burst on to the scene here a couple of years ago at Glyndebourne in Theodora, is a leading contender. If I would place Scholl in the category of Deller and Esswood, with their luminous, soft-grained tone, Daniels is closer to the more earthy sound of Bowman, his voice — like Bowman's — astonishingly large in volume.

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Serse (2013)

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Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Serse (2013)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Serse (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 722 Mb | Total time: 66:46+60:16+39:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0797(3) | Recorded: 2012

The opera is based on a libretto adapted by the poet Silvio Stampiglia for Giovanni Bononcini, whose setting was staged at Rome’s Teatro di Torre Nona in 1694. Handel completed his opera in 1738 in little more than a month. However, his typically swift pace and resourceful treatment of musical themes and models should not be misconstrued as complacency, carelessness, or low imaginative powers. The autograph manuscript reveals that Handel invested considerable skill in arias that are perfectly tailored to the dramatic storyline, many of which were meticulously crafted and then redrafted.

David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)

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David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)

David Daniels, John Nelson, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris - Handel: Oratorio Arias (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 67:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 45497 2 | Recorded: 2000

This is a beautiful selection of arias from Handel’s oratorios composed in the latish 1740s. Each one is a gem and David Daniels again proves himself the leading “operatic” countertenor of our day. He possesses one of the few countertenor voices that might be called “sensual”, not to mention one of the few with any respectable volume. He even puts pressure on it occasionally–as opposed, say, to Drew Minter or Alfred Deller, who aim (aimed) for a diaphonous sound.
–Robert Levine

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, The English Concert Bach: Sacred Arias and Cantatas (2008)

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David Daniels, Harry Bicket, The English Concert Bach: Sacred Arias and Cantatas (2008)

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, The English Concert Bach: Sacred Arias and Cantatas (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 452 Mb | Total time: 66:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 50999 519037 2 | Recorded: 2007

It has been a several years since David Daniels’ last recital for Virgin Classics – in 2004 the renowned countertenor explored Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Eté - and his most recent recital of Baroque works, the critically acclaimed Oratorio Arias by Handel, dates back to 2002.
For this new release, Daniels returns to sacred works of the Baroque era with this programme of sacred arias and cantatas by Bach. He lends his beautiful countertenor voice and immense musicianship to this programme of famous cantatas, namely “Ich habe genug”, and arias from Bach’s Mass in B minor and the Saint Matthew’s and Saint John’s Passions. The programme was recorded in London in September 2007.

William Christie, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet - The Enchanted Island (2012)

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William Christie, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet - The Enchanted Island  (2012)

William Christie, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet - The Enchanted Island (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 180 min | 6,24+6,09 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Virgin | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2011

"A Showcase for and a love letter to a century of amazing music" is how the creator of The Enchanted Island, Jeremy Sams, described this spectacular operatic pasticcio of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and others. Premiered at the Metropolitan in New York on New Year's Eve 2011, it stars Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Danielle de Niese and Placido Domingo, and is conducted by William Christie.