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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Messiah, Athalia, Esther, La Resurrezione [8CDs] (2005)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Messiah, Athalia, Esther, La Resurrezione [8CDs] (2005)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Messiah, Athalia, Esther, La Resurrezione (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,05 Gb | Total time: 136:34+121:39+96:44+109:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 6731 | Recorded: 1979-1985

Led by Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music has made many renowned recordings of Handel's music-particularly the oratorios. The beloved Messiah heads up this 8-CD set, followed by Esther; La Resurezzione , and, making its return to the international catalog after an absence of several years, the 1985 recording of Athalia -with none other than Joan Sutherland in the title role! Recorded in London, 1979-85.

Denys Darlow, The London Handel Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Silla (2000)

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Denys Darlow, The London Handel Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Silla (2000)

Denys Darlow, The London Handel Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Silla (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 512 Mb | Total time: 59:13+56:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Somm | # SOMM 227-8 | Recorded: 1986

Denys Darlow conducts a fresh stylish performance with his London Handel Festival forces, recorded live at the Royal College of Music. Textures are clean and rhythms light and resilient, with James Bowman in the title-role leading a consistently reliable team.

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1992)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1992)

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 656 Mb | Total time: 149:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66641/2 | Recorded: 1992

The King’s Consort, with many of our new, second-generation period instrumentalists, exhibits all the benefits of authentic timbre and texture – there is no need nowadays to make allowances for uneven tone or bad intonation. The New College Choir are spot-on, poignant in mourning, exultant in victory. The whole ensemble is recorded over a wide stereo spectrum which leaves every detail clearly audible. Emma Kirkby’s ‘Israelitish Woman’ enlivens even the most pedestrian numbers. Catherine Denley contrasts but blends in their five duets, and has great facility over an impressive range. Bowman is superb in ‘Father of Heav’n’. Jamie MacDougall rises to the virtuoso challenge of the warlike hero, and Michael George focuses with no less clarity as Simon. Any weaknesses in this, the first ever complete recording, are Handel’s.

Robert King, The King's Consort, The Choir of New College, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (1996)

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Robert King, The King's Consort, The Choir of New College, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (1996)

Robert King, The King's Consort, The Choir of New College, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Joseph and his Brethren (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 835 Mb | Total time: 164:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67171/3 | Recorded: 1996

Joseph and his Brethren, the latest in The King's Consort's mammoth series of recordings of the grand oratorios of Handel, tells the story of Joseph, sold into slavery by his perfidious brothers, winning acceptance at the court of Pharaoh in Egypt by his interpretation of the dreams foretelling seven years of plenty, and seven of famine. His brothers come from drought-ridden Israel to beg for food, and are eventually reunited with Joseph. The work is characteristically full of melodic invention and drama, culminating in the scene between Joseph and his youngest—and innocent—brother Benjamin (here sung by the stunning treble Connor Burrowes) in which Joseph is emotionally overcome and admits his true identity. No wonder the work was so warmly received at its first performance.

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Deborah (1993)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Deborah (1993)

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Deborah (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 678 Mb | Total time: 138:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66841/2 | Recorded: 1993

‘Deborah contains some of the most glorious music Handel ever wrote. Even if many of the numbers have been recycled from earlier works, the invention is still staggering. Handel devotees can thus amuse themselves spotting the tunes while everyone else can revel in the sumptuous scoring and the sheer vitality and humanity of the piece, all superbly conveyed in Robert King's recording’.

Robert King, The King’s Consort, Choir of New College Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Joshua (1991)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort, Choir of New College Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Joshua (1991)

Robert King, The King’s Consort, Choir of New College Oxford - George Frideric Handel: Joshua (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 524 Mb | Total time: 124:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66461/2 | Recorded: 1990

Handel's Old Testament oratorios can be difficult to tell apart–tenor Israelite hero, bass enemy or éminence grise, soprano ingenue, and alto priest or youth. What distinguishes Joshua? Real characters: tenor Joshua, confident to the point of conceit; grizzled old general Caleb, wistfully facing retirement; alto Othniel, an excited young warrior/lover fighting battles to win Caleb's giddy daughter, Achsah. Joshua's highlights are the showpiece arias. James Bowman sails through Othniel's impetuous "Let danger surround me"; Emma Kirkby (one of the best ornamenters in the business) charms and fascinates in Achsah's "Oh, had I Jubal's lyre" and "Hark! 'tis the linnet"; George Ainsley is a Joshua both vigorous and graceful, the chorus and the brass are stunning in "Glory to God" as they bring the walls of Jericho tumbling down.

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

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Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)

Richard Hickox, City of London Baroque Sinfonia, Arleen Augér, Della Jones - Claudio Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 897 Mb | Total time: 72:27+78:32+43:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 353 468-234 | Recorded: 1989

There’s not much cruelty, corruption or ruthlessness in Arleen Auger’s exquisitely sung portrayal of the manipulative Poppea, but this hardly detracts from her otherwise radiantly expressive performance. This welcome reissue is not just exhilaratingly played by the City of London Baroque Sinfonia with a spareness and verve that keeps the drama taut, but impressively cast. James Bowman is an elegantly spurned Ottone; Gregory Reinhart a noble Seneca; and the wonderful Della Jones a spirited, quite convincingly masculine Nero. The only snag is Linda Hirst’s unlovely, rather hectoring Ottavia; it doesn’t do, somehow, to sympathise with Nero’s decision to dump her.

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare (1995)

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Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare (1995)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy - George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,97 Gb | Total time: 71:41+76:53+71:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée Auvidis | # E 8558 | Recorded: 1995

Giulio Cesare proved by far the most popular of Handel’s operas, both originally and in modern revivals. Its straightforward plot and all-star original cast drew from Handel exceptional depth and subtlety in musical characterisation and lavish orchestral colours; Cleopatra’s seductive stage orchestra – harp, theorbo and viola da gamba with muted accompaniment from the pit – is unique. René Jacobs set the standard in 1991 (on Harmonia Mundi). By comparison, this is milder, more pensive. Bowman is superbly flexible – he seems to become ever more fluent over the years – yet less powerful and imperious than Jennifer Larmore, the earlier.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert & Choir - Handel: Belshazzar (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 795 Mb | Total time: 57:18+52:43+61:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 037-2 | Recorded: 1990

Belshazzar (HWV 61) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. The libretto was by Charles Jennens, and Handel abridged it considerably. Jennens' libretto was based on the Biblical account of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great and the subsequent freeing of the Jewish nation, as found in the Book of Daniel.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67260 | Recorded: 2000

Continuing the series 'Bach's Contemporaries', this volume concentrates on the wonderful music of Johann Schelle — a cousin of Kuhnau (another composer featured in this series). This immensely striking sacred music by Schelle (one of Bach's predecessors in the post of Kantor in Leipzig's famous Thomas Church) brings together a top-flight group of soloists and a large and colourful assembly of instrumentalists, and presents remarkable and splendidly varied music which not only stands up proudly in its own musical right, but also greatly enhances our understanding of Bach's own sacred writing.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67160 | Recorded: 1999

Sebastian Knüpfer is yet another Baroque composer whose reputation and popularity have been overshadowed by J S Bach. Little of Knüpfer's music has previously been transcribed from its many manuscripts, let alone published. However, in his day Knüpfer was a respected and highly sought-after composer; his compositions were admired by his contemporaries and, according to his obituary, he 'composed quotations of the Psalms and other Biblical books with such sweetness and skilfulness that he delighted even the saddest hearts, and his name is spoken with admiration not only in Leipzig but also outside'.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 74:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67059 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Kuhnau was one of life’s polymaths—as well as being a composer he trained as a lawyer, spoke several languages, helped found Leipzig’s opera house, theorized about music and even found time to write a novel sending up the shortcomings of the contemporary music scene. Musically he’s the link between Schütz and Bach, but he was alive to many different stylistic traits as this selection of sacred music demonstrates. From the brilliantly brassy opening of Ihr Himmel jubilirt to the restrained intensity of Tristis est anima mea, it’s music invigorated at every turn by The King’s Consort.

Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)

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Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)

Anders Öhrwall, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Stockholm Bach Choir - George Frederick Handel: Messiah (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 664 Mb | Total time: 71:03+60:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Smedish Society | SCD 1063-64 | Recorded: 1982

Handel's Messiah is increasingly performed in authentic Baroque style and with period techniques, and this version by conductor Anders Öhrwall, the Stockholm Bach Choir, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra falls in line with the trend. While there is no clear indication that the instruments are anything but modern, the orchestral sound is imbued with a glossy string sound and transparent textures supported by a basso continuo that includes both harpsichord and organ, and the choir's scaled-down size gives it the transparency associated with Baroque choral singing.

Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)

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Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)

Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 63:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA66440 | Recorded: 1990

This is an attractive recording with a style very much suited to the unique repertoire on the program. These are not operatic duets but chamber pieces, to texts of mostly unknown poets, accompanied by a smooth continuo group consisting of cello, archlute, and director Robert King on keyboards. Many of them were written in Italy, early in Handel's career, but he returned to the form during his highly public years in the 1740s. The booklet makes much of the music's similarity to Handel's operatic language, and indeed some of the tunes here will be familiar. Sample the first part of Se tu non lasci amore, track 11, some of which turns up again in "O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?" from Messiah.

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)

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Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)

Seon - Excellence in Early Music [85CDs] Vol.1 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,84 Gb | Total time: 77:26:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88843089382 | Recorded: 1970-1984

SEON (Studio Erichson) is a period music label by the legendary producer Wolf Erichson. Erichson founded the label in 1969 as one of the first labels dedicated only to authentic music. The recordings were made with the best available recording techniques of the time and still deliver a high quality product in line with today's standards. This special boxset offers all SEON CD reissues from the late 90s on 85 CDs in a limited edition boxset.