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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata, Vince Yi -The 5 countertenors: Jommelli, Porpora, Galuppi, Handel, Mysliveček, J.C. Bach, Gluck, Bertoni, Hasse (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 63:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8094 | Recorded: 2013

Decca’s new release brings together five of the world’s most renowned countertenors, who bring the rich world of baroque opera to life. Once rarely heard, countertenors are now firmly established on the operatic stage and concert platform and their popularity has reached an all-time high. This album features virtuosic highlights from baroque opera and showcases the extraordinary abilities of five astonishing artists: Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata and Vince Yi.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 105:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66361/2 | Recorded: 1989

Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music suggests springtime and young love. There's humor, too: Polyphemus–so big, so dumb, so pleased with himself– is a comic baritone's dream. George doesn't capture all of the role's humor, but he is vocally well-cast. McFadden sometimes pushes her voice into a wobble, but her Galatea is appealing and sweetly sung. Best are Covey-Crump's graceful Damon (the voice of reason) and Ainsley's youthful, high-spirited Acis. (Ainsley also sings the slight but attractive "Look down.") The ensemble numbers are delightful, and Robert King brings the entire thing off splendidly.

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)

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Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)

Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro, Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli - Handel: Agrippina (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.11 Gb | Total time: 74:44+75:58+79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029533658 | Recorded: 2019

Joyce DiDonato has staked a powerful claim on the multi-faceted title role of Handel’s opera Agrippina. In the words of The Telegraph, she sings it with “authority, grandeur and high style”. She recently performed it to critical acclaim at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Maxim Emelyanychev, Chief Conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro. Joining them on this recording is a cast of established and rising stars that includes Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni, Elsa Benoit and Jakub Józef Orliński.

Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 480 Mb | Total time: 100:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67286 | Recorded: 2001

"Why present just Handel's Coronation Anthems for King George II when you can present the whole Coronation?" seems to be the proposition that underlies this two-disc set, entitled The Coronation of King George II, 1727. And, thrillingly performed by Robert King directing the King's Consort and the Choir of the King's Consort, there seems no good reason not to, and every good reason to, do just that. King, who has led many stirring recordings of Handel's oratorios in his time, turns in splendid performances of the four Coronation Anthems, along with superb performances of ceremonial choral music by Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, Blow, Farmer, and Child.

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

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Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)

Marilyn Horne, Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Handel: Airs d'Opera / Operatic Arias (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 43:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | ECD 88034 | Recorded: 1982

"Arias for mezzo soprano", it says, and authentically minded readers may already have noted that most of them would be sung by a countertenor these days, being originally for castrati. A little while ago I reviewed a record, "Arias for Farinelli", by Vivica Genaux, which came with a fascinating essay by René Jacobs in which he argued that the nearest we can get these days to the sound of the castrati is not the countertenor, which he rudely says should really be called a "falsettist", but the mezzo soprano, who is able to reproduce the strong, warm chest tones in her lower range which contemporary commentators tell us were at the base of the castrato voice production, the voice becoming sweeter and softer as it goes into the higher range.

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.

Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial - Handel: Riccardo Primo (2008)

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Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial - Handel: Riccardo Primo (2008)

Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial - Handel: Riccardo Primo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 915 Mb | Total time: 42:31+74:29+59:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 88697174212 | Recorded: 2007

Rewritten with enhanced regal bravado for the coronation of George II, Handel's 1727 opera of Richard the Lionheart is a rarely heard but rewarding enterprise. Goodwin conducts a fervent Basel Chamber Orchestra in this new scholarly version, fully exploiting the dramatic twists of the King's quest to reclaim his abducted fiancée, Constanza. Amid much nice character-building from the decent cast, Nuria Rial enjoys Constanza's luxuriant lines, while Lawrence Zazzo revels as the Lionheart. Riccardo's Act III revenge aria is truly ominous, furiously driven by Goodwin and some innovative brass writing.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Handel: Partenope (2013) [BDRip]

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Handel: Partenope (2013) [BDRip]

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Handel: Partenope (2013) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 186 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish

A major contribution to the Handel Year: countertenor star Andreas Scholl returns to the Decca label in a new high definition film of Handels comedy Partenope, presented in Francisco Negrins stylish with a modern-dress staging from the Royal Danish Opera. Scholl gives an outstanding performance, with several contrasting arias that collectively display his unique purity of tone, his virtuosic technique and his sensuous lyricism. Concerto Copenhagen and conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen are unsung heroes of period-instrument performance, and they make a wonderfully spirited and polished contribution to the production.

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina - Et in Arcadia Ego (2014)

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Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina - Et in Arcadia Ego (2014)

Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Christoph Hammer, Concerto Stella Matutina - Et in Arcadia Ego (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 79:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Fra Bernardo | fb 1312333 | Recorded: 2013

They consider themselves the oldest tribe of ancient Greece. Their territory is a place from the eternal Golden Age, where peaceful shepherds, unhindered by hard work, can pursue their pleasures and passions. A blissful, perfect country life: Arcadia, the ideal place for ancient mythology, for nymphs and shepherds, heroes and gods. It needn’t worry us that Arcadia was transported from its original location in the heart of the Peloponnese to Sicily in classical Latin literature.

Gergiev, Takacs-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)

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Gergiev, Takacs-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)

Valery Gergiev, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [BDRip] (2019)
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 131 min | 7,87 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Naxos

The Verbier Festival is one of classical musics greatest events. In celebration of the festivals 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes the worlds greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Founder and director Martin T:son Engstroem writes: We started this incredible adventure in 1994, and 25 years on, our Festival has become one of the worlds most important cultural events. But it is not just another festival; our vision right from the beginning was to build something which combined important musicians with a very visible youth and learning element. This is what we set out to do and this is what we achieved.

Parnassus Ensemble - Musica da Camera: Telemann, Handel, Galuppi, Janitsch, J.C.Bach (2009)

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Parnassus Ensemble - Musica da Camera: Telemann, Handel, Galuppi, Janitsch, J.C.Bach (2009)

Parnassus Ensemble - Musica da Camera: Telemann, Handel, Galuppi, Janitsch, J.C.Bach (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:36 | 346 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 10006

Masterpieces Played by Masters asserts the back cover of this reissue confidently. That gives the wrong idea of the flavor of this little disc of chamber music from the middle eighteenth century, originally recorded in 1978. The instruments are all either of the relevant period or copies of such, making this one of the earlier applications of historical-performance principles to pre-Classical music. The "Masters" part of the equation is justifiable enough; flutist Barthold Kuijken and the other players involved all had long careers in the Dutch heartland of the historical-performance movement, and, unlike so many other players trained primarily in the Baroque repertory, they take naturally to the light charm of the pieces played here.

Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)

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Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)

Gergiev, Takács-Nagy, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, RIAS Chamber Chorus - Verbier Festival: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-Ray] (2019)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30015 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 131 min | 31,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Naxos

The Verbier Festival is one of classical musics greatest events. In celebration of the festivals 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes the worlds greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Founder and director Martin T:son Engstroem writes: We started this incredible adventure in 1994, and 25 years on, our Festival has become one of the worlds most important cultural events. But it is not just another festival; our vision right from the beginning was to build something which combined important musicians with a very visible youth and learning element. This is what we set out to do and this is what we achieved.

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

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Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra - Handel: Almira (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.17 Gb | Total time: 241:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | 555 205-2 | Recorded: 2018

The Boston Early Music Festival has recorded George Frideric Handel’s very first opera, Almira, Queen of Castile, with a superlatively sumptuous ensemble. For its previous recordings of Baroque operas this successful ensemble has won prizes such as the Grammy, the German Record Critics Annual Prize, and the Echo Klassik. The Hungarian soprano Emõke Baráth sings the role of Almira with a choice ensemble of singers, all of whom have performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls and opera houses. Handel’s Almira is based on a freely invented plot featuring fine entertainment in the form of love and marriage schemes among the nobility, infidelity and mistaken identities, and a happy ending brought about by a court servant’s negotiations. This work was presented at the Hamburg Opera House in 1705 about twenty times and with great success.

Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)

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Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)

Stephanie Houtzeel, The Bouts Ensemble - Handel: Italienische Liebeskantaten und Kammermusik (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 75:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Raumklang | RK 2101 | Recorded: 2001

The Bouts Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble devoted to the repertoire of the "high" baroque and pre-classical periods - ca. 1725-1775. Through performance of works by both famous and unjustly neglected composers, the group aims to contribute to a greater appreciation and understanding of music from this endlessly fascinating period. The members of this young group use their extensive experience in historical performance practice on period instruments to bring to this repertoire the virtuosity, vitality and intelligence that it demands.

Roberta Invernizzi, Retablo Barocco - Handel: Lucrezia: Cantate e Sonate da Camera (2006)

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Roberta Invernizzi, Retablo Barocco - Handel: Lucrezia: Cantate e Sonate da Camera (2006)

Roberta Invernizzi, Retablo Barocco - Handel: Lucrezia: Cantate e Sonate da Camera (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 58:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Stradivarius | STR 35701 | Recorded: 1996

There has been a resurgence of interest in Handel's Italian-language cantatas as recordings have begun to reflect the vast totality of his output rather than a selection of big hits ideologically bound up with British nationhood. The works on this disc date from early in Handel's career, while he was working in Italy; this Italian recording accurately uses the German spelling of the composer's name, Händel, which he would still have been employing at the time. They are youthful works in the best sense of the word: they break formal boundaries, give full voice to passions, and feel gloriously free to push performers to the edge.