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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (2008)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (2008)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Vienna - Handel: Saul, Alexander’s Feast, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, 'Utrecht' Te Deum, Apollo e Dafne, Giulio Cesare (highlights) [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Total time: 06:31:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69567-7 | Recorded: 1978, 84, 86, 88, 90

This is the sixth set in this comprehensive and excellent Handel edition from Warner. This volume deals with an important oratorio in the shape of "Saul" as well as the "Utrecht Te Deum" and the famous "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day" and "Alexander's Feast", another splendid cantata. The recordings date from the early 1970's to 1990 and come from the prolific Teldec stable under the indefatigable Nikolaus Harnoncourt who conducts in his exemplary no nonsense fashion. "Saul' is a fine interpretation although I still feel that John Eliot Gardiner comes to the core of the work better. "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day' is also given a pomp and circumstance treatment whilst the Utrecht Te Deum is winningly done. The team of soloists is also very good and the recordings are fine and well balanced in proper Teldec tradition.

Felicity Palmer, Jill Gomez, John Whitfield - Britten: Phaedra; Les Illuminations; Five French Folksong (1995)

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Felicity Palmer, Jill Gomez, John Whitfield - Britten: Phaedra; Les Illuminations; Five French Folksong (1995)

Felicity Palmer, Jill Gomez, John Whitfield - Britten: Phaedra; Les Illuminations; Five French Folksong (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 178 Mb | Total time: 50:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDM 5 65114 2 | Recorded: 1986

Britten’s dramatic cantata Phaedra is the resonant centre of this new release in EMI’s excellent British Composers series. The steely gleam at the core of Felicity Palmer’s mezzo-soprano, and the hard white light of the Endymion’s outstanding ensemble playing make for a fierce kindling of Britten’s music with Robert Lowell’s words at one exceptional moment in the work’s performing history. John Whitfield’s direction ensures that the Five French Folksongs are nicely poised between raw simplicity and elegant sophistication, while the Endymion’s incisive playing warms to the sensuousness of Jill Gomez’s Les Illuminations.

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.

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

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George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D.Scarlatti, Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)

George Guest, St John's College Choir, Roger Norrington, Schütz Choir - Pergolesi, D. Scarlatti, A. Bononcini: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 141:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 443 868-2 | Recorded: 1966, 1973, 1977, 1978

This anthology of devotional music from 18th-century Venice and Naples offers an interesting and varied programme. Best known is Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, but the settings by Domenico Scarlatti and Bononcini stand well in comparison. The motets by Lotti, Caldara and Alessandro Scarlatti are real discoveries; Norrington’s performances of the latter are particularly fine. Guest’s Pergolesi suffers from a focus of sound which makes the interpretation seem somewhat generalised. However, all these performances give pleasure, while the music is melodically fresh and rhythmically vital.

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 41 Gb
Audio1: Italiano, Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden’s whirlwind production of Puccini’s compact opera, in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love. As performed at Glyndebourne, Gianni Schicci is here combined in a double bill with Rachmaninov's dark setting of Alexander Pushkin's 'little tragedy'. The Miserly Knight, also directed by Annabel Arden and featuring an outstanding performance from Sergei Leiferkus in the role written for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien - Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1996)

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien - Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1996)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus musicus Wien - Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 212 Mb | Total time: 49:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 0630-12319-2 | Recorded: 1977

This is one of Handel's most inspired and invigorating works. Relatively short (50 minutes), it is an ode to music itself, with arias and choruses in praise of the attributes of various instruments, from the "trumpet's loud clangor" to the "soft complaining flute", of course featuring solos for those players. It also has one of Handel's most rousing final choruses, depicting the end of the world, when "music shall untune the sky".

Charles Mackerras, English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1995)

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Charles Mackerras, English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1995)

Charles Mackerras, English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Choir - Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 827 Mb | Total time: 59:37+67:25+42:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 447 692-2 | Recorded: 1977

Surely a Judas Maccabaeus recorded on modern instruments nearly twenty years ago is one to ignore? Well, no. Charles Mackerras is one of music’s fresher minds, and he has always favoured incisive rhythms, clear textures, light bowing and carefully varied articulation in Baroque music. The ECO responds with verve to the wondrous grace and variety of Handel’s music. The late Russell Burgess’s Wandsworth School Choir is an eloquent testament of what is possible in an inner-city comprehensive given will-power and a gifted enough teacher. And who would willingly trade a cast of Ryland Davies as Maccabaeus, John Shirley-Quirk as Simon, the incomparable Felicity Palmer and Janet Baker, at the height of their powers, as the Israelitish Woman and Man, for another? Not I.
– Stephen Pettitt