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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian' (2013)

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64; Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian' (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 56:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Centaur | # CRC 3287 | Recorded: 2012

This album features the seldom-played Second Version of the Italian Symphony, and the seldom-played first version of the Violin Concerto. Both are played by the superb early music chamber orchestra, Capella Savaria, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Zsolt Kalló is the superb violin soloist.

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Gottingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Samson (2009)

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Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Gottingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Samson (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Samson (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 806 Mb | Total time: 60:09+57:46+49:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.425 | Recorded: 2008

Handel’s English oratorios, though unstaged, generally remain vividly theatrical. Samson is less operatic, opening with the hero already defeated, blinded and in chains, long after Dalila’s seduction and subsequent treachery. The drama is of the mind rather than of action, with virtually no incidents in Act I, and Act II limited to two encounters, Dalila offering remorse and the giant Harapha mocking the captive.

Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt, David Bowles - Bach: Clavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach (1991)

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Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt, David Bowles - Bach: Clavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach (1991)

Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt, David Bowles - Bach: Clavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 74:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907042 | Recorded: 1990

We can readily imagine with what modest pride the 40-year-old Bach presented his second wife Anna Magdalena with this most delightful of all domestic scrapbooks. Bach himself started it off for her with two of the keyboard Partitas (A minor, BWV827 and E minor, BWV930) which later formed part of the collection published as the composer's Op. 1 in 1731. Thereafter it was up to Anna Magdalena herself to choose and to enter little compositions which made particular appeal. Not all the music by any means is by her husband and there are pieces for example by Couperin, Bohm, Stolzel, Hasse and her stepson Carl Philipp Emanuel as well as several by anonymous composers.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos & Recorder Concertos (2002)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos & Recorder Concertos (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi: Flute Concertos & Recorder Concertos (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 528 Mb | Total time: 60:03+60:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 2907340.41 | Recorded: 1988, 1991

When the German transverse flute found its place in Italy and was accepted by the Catholic church as a suitable replacement for the proscribed recorder, Antonio Vivaldi took to it with great enthusiasm. His flute concertos mark a point of departure, coming after he had completed his 40 bassoon concertos and virtually all of the string concertos. Although some of these pieces were reworkings of material previously composed for recorder, Vivaldi came to capitalize on new techniques he learned from Ignazio Siber, the flute instructor at the Ospedale della Pietà. Of Vivaldi's 15, the 7 flute concertos presented here were freshly written for the instrument.

Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Gloria di Primavera (2015) 2 CDs

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Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Alessandro Scarlatti: La Gloria di Primavera (2015) 2 CDs

Alessandro Scarlatti - La Gloria di Primavera (2015) 2 CDs
Diana Moore (Mezzo Soprano), Suzana Ograjenšek (Soprano), Clint Van Der Linde (Countertenor)
Nicholas Phan (Tenor), Douglas Williams (Bass Baritone)
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale; Nicholas McGegan, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 648 Mb | Artwork included | 02:18:32
Classical, Baroque | Label: philharmonia BAROQUE | # PBP09

The San Francisco Chronicle called Scarlatti’s La Gloria di Primavera a “feast of vocal invention, supplemented by wondrous instrumental writing for a strikingly large orchestra” after Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan presented acclaimed western hemisphere premiere performances in October 2015. PBO and McGegan are delighted to be the first to record this newly-discovered 300 year old serenata. After Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI acquired the kingdom of Naples in a treaty, the Neapolitans commissioned their court composer, Alessandro Scarlatti, to compose a grand serenata to celebrate the birth of Charles VI’s son, prince John Leopold. Scarlatti wrote the piece within a few weeks and it was performed to audiences in Naples immediately following the birth. Unfortunately, just months after La Gloria di Primavera premiered, the celebrated infant died and the incredible work was forgotten.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 50 CD Collection (2014) Re-up

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 50 CD Collection (2014) Re-up

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 50 CD Collection
Classical | Sony Music 88875037502 | 2014 | TT: 53:41:55 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Scans | 14,2 Gb

The legendary label, deutsche harmonia mundi, releases a special 50 CD boxset featuring star performers such as Hille Perl, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dorothee Oberlinger, Simone Kermes, and Nuria Rial and more! This collection displays the sheer variety available from the dhm archive. A perfect collection ranging Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic music.

Avery Amereau, Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Arias (2020)

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Avery Amereau, Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Arias (2020)

Avery Amereau, Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Arias (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 76:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philharmonia BAROQUE | PBP-13 | Recorded: 2004

George Frideric Handel lavished particular attention on the contralto or mezzo-soprano roles in his operas and oratorios throughout the years. What better way to celebrate the lush arias that Handel composed for his contralto stars than with Avery Amereau—described by The New York Times as "an extraordinary American alto on the rise"—alongside Handelian scholar Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Featuring virtuosic, passionate, stirring arias throughout Handel's composing career—from his early Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (1708) to his later Alcina (1735)—this recording brings to life the incredible music once sung by Nicolini, Senesino, and Carestini. This debut album by Amereau marks the last recording of Nicholas McGegan at the helm of PBO.

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Handel: Atalanta (1995)

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Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Handel: Atalanta (1995)

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Handel: Atalanta (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 637 Mb | Total time: 45:15+48:08+46:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton ‎| HCD 12612-14 | Recorded: 1995

Atalanta (HWV 35) is a pastoral opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel composed in 1736. It is based upon the mythological female athlete, Atalanta, the libretto (which is in Italian) being derived from the book La Caccia in Etolia by Belisario Valeriani. The identity of the librettist is not known. Handel composed it for the London celebrations of the marriage in 1736 of Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King George II, to Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. The first performance took place on 12 May 1736 in the Covent Garden Theatre.

Capella Savaria & Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Serenades (2020)

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Capella Savaria & Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Serenades (2020)

Capella Savaria & Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Serenades (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 322 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 Mb | 01:08:59
Classical | Label: Hungaroton

The Capella Savaria is the oldest chamber orchestra in Hungary to play on authentic instruments, and the ensemble’s latest joint recording with conductor Nicholas McGegan features two Mozart serenades with solo Zsolt Kalló violinist. Serenades were a popular genre in the 18th century, and were usually written for special events (betrothals, weddings, the birth of children in wealthy families). For a court musician like Mozart, serenades represented an excellent source of income: in 1776 he wrote ten such occasional works, including the two pieces on this recording.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,10 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Thomas Arne: The Masque of Alfred (2000)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Thomas Arne: The Masque of Alfred (2000)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Thomas Arne: The Masque of Alfred (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 76:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472 77529 2 | Recorded: 1999

The Masque of Alfred - apart of course from its finale "Rule Britannia" - has in the 1990s reached CD. Just two years ago a version was issued with the BBC Music Magazine and now we have this more complete account (though there were several variants in Arne's own day) from Nicholas McGegan, an experienced exponent of 18th Century music, recorded in America and using mainly American performers. And very welcome is it. If offers 76 minutes of music, 25 minutes more than the BBC CD and if the OAE's playing on the latter under Nicholas Kraemer often seems rather superior, the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra are fully equal to Arne's demands which include often atmospheric parts for oboes, horns and flute as well as the basic strings. McGegan uses only four solo singers against the BBC's six.

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Dettinger Te Deum (version by Mendelssohn Bartholdy) (2009)

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Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Dettinger Te Deum (version by Mendelssohn Bartholdy) (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, FestspielOrchester Göttingen, NDR Chor - Handel: Dettinger Te Deum (version by Mendelssohn Bartholdy) (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 63:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.358 | Recorded: 2009

The present recording honors three important composers celebrating major anniversaries in 2009: Handel, Mendelssohn and Haydn. George Frideric Handel’s Dettinger Te Deum is presented here not in its original version, but rather in an arrangement by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who rendered outstanding service to music not only through the revival of Bach’s choral works, but also through those of Handel. In addition, The Storm, the little-known choral work by Joseph Haydn, is also to be heard here. He composed it during his first visit to England and later arranged it for a large ensemble.

Lowell Greer, Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)

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Lowell Greer, Philharmonia Baroque, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concertos; Rondeau K 371; Rondo K 514 (1988)
Lowell Greer, horn; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907012 | Time: 01:02:13

"Greer is a highly accomplished player of the natural horn… I find Greer's playing very musicianly: unusually graceful in the phrasing of the quick movements, with gentle, thoughtful playing in K417 and some lovely smooth and clear lines in K495, while the slow movements are all beautifully done—the Romance of K447 refined and graceful, that of K495 often truly poetic with happy details of timing. And there is no shortage of wit in the finales, or of high spirits. Greer improvises his cadenzas: in the first movement of K495 he does, rightly I think, simply a longish flourish, with no reference to the themes of the movement." (Stanley Sadie, Gramophone Magazine)

Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)

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Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)

Brian Asawa, Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume III (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 64:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi ‎| 75605 51293 2 | Recorded: 1997

Alessandro Scarlatti wrote a huge number of chamber cantatas – about 600, in fact – most of which are, like the five delightful examples on this disc, for solo voice. These ones are sung by countertenor Brian Asawa with stylish support from members of the Arcadian Academy, who provide varying types of accompaniment, sometimes with continuo alone, at other times with a larger instrumental colloquium. Only one of the five cantatas here, Clori vezzosa, e bella, is written for voice and basso continuo throughout, the others calling for two violins and, on occasion, viola. The first work in the programme is the most elaborate of the group with its three-movement instrumental introduction and four each of alternating recitatives and arias.

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

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Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)

Nicholas McGegan, Arcadian Academy, David Daniels - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cantatas, Volume II (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 386 Mb | Total time: 73:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 74321 935812 | Recorded: 1998

By the eighteenth century, Palermo-born Alessandro Scarlatti was the most widely performed Italian composer of vocal music having written more than sixty operas and well over a hundred cantatas. The cantata, more concentrated than opera, was considered at that time as the higher artistic form. Scarlatti was extremely prolific and many of his works including cantatas still remain unrecorded.