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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque, The Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Messiah (1990)

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John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque, The Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Messiah (1990)

John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque, The Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Messiah (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 569 Mb | Total time: 51:08+52:00+34:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 411 041-2 | Recorded: 1982

John Eliot Gardiner's is a highly musical and inspired account of Messiah, featuring an excellent group of soloists and an outstanding period-instrument band. With dance rhythms athletically sprung and da capo arias tastefully ornamented, the performance generates consistent interest and is lively in spite of its length. There is splendid choral singing from the Monteverdi Choir–the ending of "All We Like Sheep" is quite potent–and much wonderful work from the soloists. The recording, made in 1982, is impeccable.

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Jephtha (1990)

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Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Jephtha (1990)

Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Handel: Jephtha (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 928 Mb | Total time: 60:39+62:17+72:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 425 701-2 | Recorded: 1975, 1979

Jephtha was the last full-length composition that Handel wrote. (The Triumph of Time and Truth of 1757 was almost entirely made up of pre-existing music.) Given this fact, and also that the actual writing of it was an inordinately laborious task for Handel as he fought with rapidly failing eyesight, it's incomparable depth of expression and personal commitment make the whole work a profound and magnificent conclusion to his life's output. Based on a story from Judges XI, it tells of Jephtha leading the Israelites against the Ammonites and his ultimate sacrifice.

Vittorio Negri, Rundfunkchor Berlin - Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (1996)

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Vittorio Negri, Rundfunkchor Berlin - Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (1996)

Vittorio Negri, Rundfunkchor Berlin - Vivaldi: Tito Manlio (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,17 Gb | Total time: 59:48+64:37+65:07+50:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 446 332-2 | Recorded: 1977

In 1718 Vivaldi entered the employment of Prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt who had been appointed governor of Mantua, then part of the Austrian Empire. His responsibilities seem to have been varied but probably the most important of them was to provide operas for his employer’s court. One of these was Tito Manlio, which was produced for the Mantuan Carnival season in 1719; and, if we are to believe a note by Vivaldi himself at the head of the score, written in the space of five days.

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

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Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)

Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.0 Gb | Total time: 08:36:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 75535 2 | Recorded: 1983, 1987, 1991

Three of Mozart's most popular operas – Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, conducted by leading opera maestro Riccardo Muti in performances from Vienna and Salzburg, are here available in one set.