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Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Sonatas from the Dresden Pisendel Collection (2010)

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Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Sonatas from the Dresden Pisendel Collection (2010)

Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Sonatas from the Dresden Pisendel Collection (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC24222 | Recorded: 2009

Georg Pisendel, a minor composer of the German High Baroque, was also the concertmaster at the Dresden court and compiled a library of instrumental music containing pieces that have not been preserved anywhere else. During the Seven Years' War they were placed in the "Schrank No. II" (Cupboard No. 2) of the court church, pictured on the cover, for safekeeping, and there they remained for more than two centuries. Among them is a Handel Trio Sonata in C minor for oboe, violin, and continuo, HWV 386a, that was later published in Amsterdam with different instrumentation. It's an attractive specimen of Handel's early style.

Lina Tur Bonet, Dani Espasa - Bach, Handel: An Imaginary Meeting (2019)

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Lina Tur Bonet, Dani Espasa - Bach, Handel: An Imaginary Meeting (2019)

Lina Tur Bonet, Dani Espasa - Bach, Handel: An Imaginary Meeting (2019)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 451 Mb | Total time: 73:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | AP219 | Recorded: 2018

This record is about reparation. History has not let two extraordinary composers meet each other. Georg Friedrich Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach came to the world in 1785, one month apart. Twice they failed to meet each other and never again would their life paths cross, instead following parallel ways. This album is dedicated to this failure.

John Lubbock, OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St. Johns - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2018)

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John Lubbock, OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St. Johns - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2018)

John Lubbock, OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St. Johns - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 451 Mb | Total time: 47:19+70:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: OSJ Alive | # OSJA 03 | Recorded: 2016

This is a beautiful recording of Handel's Messiah, performed by OSJ at St John’s Smith Square in London on 5th March 2016.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2024)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2024)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - George Frideric Handel: Alcina (2024)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 985 Mb | Total time: 03:12:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5187 084 | Recorded: 2023

Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre return to Handel with a complete recording of his opera Alcina. The title role is interpreted by Magdalena Kožená, who reunites with Les Musiciens and maestro Minkowski after a series of acclaimed baroque recordings.She is joined by an excellent cast of soloists, consisting of Erin Morley (Morgana), Anna Bonitatibus (Ruggiero), Elizabeth De Shong (Bradamante), Alois Mühlbacher (Oberto), Valerio Contaldo (Oronte) and Alex Rosen (Melisso).This studio recording transports the listener to Alcina’s enchanted island, and shows Handel at the peak of his power: the score is dramatic, lush and colourful as well as introspective and profound where the story requires it.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Christmas Concertos (1990)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Christmas Concertos (1990)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Christmas Concertos: Corelli, Werner, Gossec, Handel, Vejvanovský, J.S. Bach, Torelli (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 201 Mb | Total time: 45:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 410 179-2 | Recorded: 1982

It is some of Christopher Hogwoods finest work. The selections and recording are wonderful examples of early Baroque Period Christmas music.

London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)

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London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)

London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham - Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Signum | # SIGCD428 | Time: 00:48:16

London Early Opera follow up their debut release (Handel in Italy, Vol. 1) with a treasure trove of music by George Frideric Handel (as well as his contemporaries Thomas Arne and John Hebden) centered on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a carnival of music and entertainments that entertained visitors for nearly 200 years. The booklet notes features images and expert commentaries of the Vauxhall Gardens by author David E. Coke and conductor and musicologist Bridget Cunningham.

Jordi Savall, Capella Reial de Catalunya, Concert des Nations - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2019)

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Jordi Savall, Capella Reial de Catalunya, Concert des Nations - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2019)

Jordi Savall, Capella Reial de Catalunya, Concert des Nations - George Frideric Handel: Messiah (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 953 Mb | Total time: 75:40+68:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alia Vox | AVSA9936 | Recorded: 2017

Jordi Savall's prolific output of recordings on Alia Vox is hard to pigeonhole because his expansive repertoire runs from some of the most obscure early music of the Old and New Worlds, to well-established classics like George Frederick Handel's Messiah. Recorded live at a December, 2017 concert in the Chapelle Royale du Chateau de Versailles, this performance of Messiah is based on the 1741 autograph score in the British Library in London, essentially re-creating the Dublin version, with restored oboe parts taken from the part-books for the 1754 Foundling Hospital version, and with four vocal soloists instead of Handel's original group of nine.

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 614 Mb | Total time: 127:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 807447.48 | Recorded: 2006-2007

This generously filled two-disc Harmonia Mundi release includes not only Handel's complete set of six organ concertos published after his death as his Opus 7, but also the organ concerto known as "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale," plus three works for solo harpsichord: a fugue in G minor and two chaconnes. The recording has transparent yet immediate super audio digital sound that puts the music in the room with the listener. These performances are as charming and engaging as the finest ever recorded. Organist and harpsichordist Richard Egarr is impressive in both roles. As the organ soloist, Egarr is strong and sensitive in the concertos, with a real talent for improvisation in the cadenzas.

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)

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David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)

David Daniels, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Sento Amor: Operatic Arias (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 61:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45365 2 | Recorded: 1999

After a fine Handel recital CD, not to mention taking part in a dozen other major recordings, countertenor David Daniels has hit the jackpot. This fascinating, handsomely recorded CD offers us arias from Mitridate and Ascanio in Alba, and a concert aria by Mozart (the only one he composed for male alto), as well as some Handel and Gluck arias. With them, Daniels takes us through every quality a classically trained singer should have and comes through with flying colors. The arias are about vengeance, sorrow, love–the usual–but within baroque strictures that means that some require lush, limpid singing, others ferocious coloratura and exclamatory heft, and some all of these.

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket - George Frideric Handel: Arias from Theodora & Serse, Cantata 'La Lucrezia' (2004)

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket - George Frideric Handel: Arias from Theodora & Serse, Cantata 'La Lucrezia' (2004)

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - George Frideric Handel: Arias from Theodora & Serse, Cantata 'La Lucrezia' (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 67:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie Records | # AV 0030 | Recorded: 2003, 2004

If you think you've heard Handel's "Ombra mai fu" (known as his "Largo") so often, and in so many different arrangements, and sung by so many different voices, that you can no longer be moved or surprised by it, think again. This CD of Handel arias, mostly from his Theodora or the cantata La Lucrezia, ends with "Ombra mai fu," and as sung by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, it is so tender, so beautiful, so impeccably shaded, that you'll think you're hearing it for the first time. But that's only four of this disc's 67 minutes–-a follow-up to Hunt Lieberson's extraordinarily successful CD of Bach cantatas. There's not a dull or disinterested moment to be heard anywhere. As the violated Lucrezia, Hunt Lieberson alternately rages against the man who raped her and turns her grief inward; the former is terrifying in its intensity, the latter makes us almost feel as if we're eavesdropping.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (2019)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (2019)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 821 Mb | Total time: 62:48+66:20+47:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philharmonia Baroque | PBP-11 | Recorded: 2017

Nicholas McGegan has been called a “Handel master” by The San Francisco Chronicle and is considered a foremost Handel interpreter throughout the world. So who better to present the rarely performed Joseph and his Brethren than Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale? Handel’s unfairly neglected—yet splendid—oratorio depicts the grandeur of Pharaoh’s court in an intriguing plot of familial conflict and mistaken identity. With a cast of favorites including Diana Moore and Nicholas Phan, Nicholas McGegan and his historically informed Orchestra and Chorale present a lively studio recording of the program that delighted audiences and critics alike.

Sophie Junker, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - La Francesina, Handel's nightingale (2020)

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Sophie Junker, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - La Francesina, Handel's nightingale (2020)

Sophie Junker, Franck-Emmanuel Comte, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu - La Francesina, Handel's nightingale (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 67:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP233 | Recorded: 2019

For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as ‘La Francesina’, Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works - operas and oratorios - written towards the end of his life. She took the title role in Semele, for instance, and the parts of Michal in Saul and Nitocris in Belshazzar. Sophie Junker and the Concert de l’Hostel Dieu pay tribute to her here, through some of her most successful roles as the composer’s muse.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)

George Malcolm, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - George Frideric Handel: Organ Concertos Op.4 & Op.7 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 692 Mb | Total time: 147:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 452 235-2 | Recorded: 1972, 1973

The combination of Neville Marriner and his always sterling evocation of excellence from the Academy of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields offers the perfect accompaniment and support for Malcolm's playing. The late George Malcolm was a brilliantly gifted organist even though his real specialty had always been harpsichord. He always seems to find the lightest most delightful playing to fit the idea of the piece.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 50:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 419 220-2 | Recorded: 1985

Verses in praise of music for St Cecilia's Day were fashionable in the seventeenth century but in poetic inspiration none equalled Dryden's two poems in which he attempts to imitate the effects of music in language. He wrote this one, his Song for St Cecilia's Day, in 1687; it was set to music during the poet's lifetime but not, of course, by Handel whose setting dates from 1739… The highlight of Handel's score for me is, without question, his hauntingly beautiful setting of Dryden's second stanza, ''What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!''. Here, especially, Handel matches a text which Dr Johnson regarded as exhibiting the highest flights of fancy with a tenderly expressive cello obbligato.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Concertos pour orgue (1986)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Concertos pour orgue (1986)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Concertos pour orgue (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 888 Mb | Total time: 73:11+69:43+63:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 2292-45394-2| Recorded: 1984

Whilst Handel was renowned in his lifetime as a virtuoso organist, his art was based on improvisation. He left no developed oeuvre of keyboard pieces which would give us an idea of his full capabilities as an organist. His organ concertos are actually theatre pieces, developed by Handel to support his oratorio performances. Handel brought in an organ to act as continuo in the choruses and developed the idea of an organ concerto as a way of adding extra novelty. At the oratorios, the audience could not rely on novelty and virtuoso display from the latest Italian singers so Handel’s performances on the organ were a sort of substitute.