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Nicholas McGegan, Pal Nemeth, Capella Savaria - Handel: Terpsicore, Alcina (orchestral parts), Ariodante (ballet music) (1993)

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Nicholas McGegan, Pal Nemeth, Capella Savaria - Handel: Terpsicore, Alcina (orchestral parts), Ariodante (ballet music) (1993)

Nicholas McGegan, Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Handel: Terpsicore, Alcina (orchestral parts), Ariodante (ballet music) (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 61:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hungaroton | # HCD31193 | Recorded: 1993

Terpsicore (HWV)(8b) is a prologue in the form of an opéra-ballet by George Frideric Handel. Handel composed it in 1734 for a revision of his opera Il pastor fido which had first been presented in 1712. The revision of Il pastor fido with Terpsicore as the prologue was first performed on 9 November 1734 at Covent Garden theatre in London, opening Handel's first season in that newly built theatre. Terpsicore mixes dance along with solo and choral singing and was patterned after models in French operas, a particular source being Les festes grecques et romaines by Louis Fuzelier and Colin de Blamont, first presented in Paris in 1723. The work featured the celebrated French dancer Marie Sallé as well as stars of Handel's Italian operas and was a success with audiences of the day.

Gil Shaham, SWR Symphonieorchester, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2022)

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Gil Shaham, SWR Symphonieorchester, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2022)

Gil Shaham, SWR Symphonieorchester, Nicholas McGegan - Mozart: Violin Concertos (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 561 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 289 MB
2:06:03 | Classical | Label: SWR Classic

"Although Mozart’s five violin concertos represent only a very small part of his output (when compared to the 27 piano concertos and the 41 symphonies), they nevertheless belong to the core repertoire of all violinists. As with his piano concertos, Mozart’s violin concertos were all written in his younger years and are built on a constant dialogue between the solo instrument and the orchestra. Even in the first concerto, the violin is integrated into the orchestral texture, which in itself is much more than a mere accompaniment. Gil Shaham, one of today’s foremost violinists, creates gems of performances with these works. He is accompanied by the SWR Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan, who is renowned for his expertise in historically informed performance style."

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Giustino (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,07 Gb | Total time: 74.22+38.35+60.20+54.16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907130.32 | Recorded: 1994

Giustino is the Baroque version of a ‘ripping yarn’. The eponymous hero rises from ploughboy to emperor via an action-packed curriculum vitae that has him seeing visions, routing traitors, fighting bears and even slaying a sea-monster! Written in the autumn of 1736, shortly after Handel had suffered a period of ill-health, Giustino is not among his greatest operas, but it is thoroughly entertaining and offers much fine music. Particularly felicitous are Giustino’s bucolic aria ‘Può ben nascere tra li boschi’ and Anastasio’s lovely ‘O fiero e rio sospetto’. The headlong pace leaves Handel little time to develop the more sensual, amorous side of his music. One exception – and the opera’s most entrancing interlude – is the ravishing love duet in Act II, superbly sung here by Dorothea Röschmann (Arianna) and Dawn Kotoski (Anastasio).

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Water Musick (1988)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Water Musick (1988)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - George Frideric Handel: Water Musick (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 56:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907010 | Recorded: 1987

Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra's account of Handel's three Water Musick Suites is as light, as lively, as grand, and as thoroughly enjoyable as any recording of the works ever made. Performed here on period instruments and in a historically informed manner, the playing here is amazingly expert and astoundingly experienced. There are no flubs from the trumpets, bleats from the horn, squawks from the woodwinds, or scrapes from the strings. Instead, every note is exactly where it should be doing exactly what it should do: providing infectiously melodic and irresistibly rhythmic performances of these well-loved works. McGegan's direction stresses the brilliance and beauty of the music by clarifying textures, polishing the colors, and bringing out the big tunes.

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1994)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1994)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Radamisto (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 925 Mb | Total time: 62:16+72:21+55:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907111.13 | Recorded: 1993

The impressive discography of Handel operas and oratorios from Nicholas McGegan continues with this recording of Radamisto, made following staged performances of the opera at the 1993 Göttingen Handel Festival. Generally speaking, McGegan has derived better results in those sets using the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (as here) than in those made with his Californian forces. The German players sustain his brisk tempi with relative ease, though McGegan’s penchant for spiky staccato and short, snatched phrases rather than long lines does not always do the music full justice. The stars are the countertenor Ralf Popken in the title role and Juliana Gondek as his long-suffering wife, Zenobia.

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (1992)

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Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (1992)

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: Agrippina (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 933 Mb | Total time: 72:22+70:53+62:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907063.65 | Recorded: 1991

Agrippina (HWV 6) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. Composed for the 1709–10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani's libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an "anti-heroic satirical comedy", full of topical political allusions. Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani's political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI.

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

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Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)

Nicholas McGegan, Freiburger Barockorchester - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907073.75 | Recorded: 1992

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading.

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: Il Pastor Fido (1995)

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Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: Il Pastor Fido (1995)

Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - George Frideric Handel: Il Pastor Fido (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 737 Mb | Total time: 75:20+71:43 | Scans included
Classical | Hungaroton | # 12912-13 | Recorded: 1988

L'opera fu composta nel 1712 e andò in scena per la prima volta il 22 novembre dello stesso anno, sotto la direzione del compositore stesso, al Her Majesty's Theatre di Londra. L'accoglienza fu generalmente negativa, probabilmente a causa delle elevate aspettative che il pubblico nutriva in seguito al successo dell'opera Rinaldo. Un commentatore riporta che "la scenografia rappresentava unicamente l'Arcadia, i costumi erano vecchi e l'opera breve". I ruoli di Mirtillo e Silvio furono interpretati dai castrati Valeriano Pellegrini e Valentino Urbani. L'ouverture è in sei movimenti appare eccessivamente ampia per quei tempi: è verosimile pensare che fosse stata scritta come una suite orchestrale distinta dall'opera.

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies; Violin Concerto (2014)

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Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies; Violin Concerto (2014)

Zsolt Kalló, Nicholas McGegan, Capella Savaria - Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies; Violin Concerto (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 58:25 | Scans included
Classical | Hungaraton | # HCD32733 | Recorded: 2013

Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) is often referred to as the Swedish Mozart by popular literature. His style was influenced by the Sturm und Drang movement that he got acquainted with in his early years; the dramatic contrast and passion characterising his music can be attributed to this inspiration. Although he is considered to be a composer of stage music, he also composed a large number of instrumental pieces especially for orchestra and chamber orchestra.

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)

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.