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R. Beckett, L. Beznosiuk, P. Goodwin, E. Wallfisch, R. Tunnicliffe, P. Nicholson - Handel: 20 Sonatas 'Opus 1' (2014)

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R. Beckett, L. Beznosiuk, P. Goodwin, E. Wallfisch, R. Tunnicliffe, P. Nicholson - Handel: 20 Sonatas 'Opus 1' (2014)

Rachel Beckett, Lisa Beznosiuk, Paul Goodwin, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Richard Tunnicliffe, Paul Nicholson - Handel: 20 Sonatas 'Opus 1' (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 822 Mb | Total time: 2:51:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDS44411/3 | Recorded: 1994

The twenty sonatas on this recording show Handel writing for the professional musicians of his London opera orchestra; they demand considerable skill and stamina both from the soloist and the continuo. Prominent bass parts give the sonatas a contrapuntal strength and vitality, and Handel keeps the elements of display and purely musical argument in admirable balance in these works. For this reason, they are among the most attractive Baroque solo sonatas and deserve their lasting popularity.

Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial - Handel: Riccardo Primo (2008)

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Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial - Handel: Riccardo Primo (2008)

Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Lawrence Zazzo, Nuria Rial - Handel: Riccardo Primo (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 915 Mb | Total time: 42:31+74:29+59:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 88697174212 | Recorded: 2007

Rewritten with enhanced regal bravado for the coronation of George II, Handel's 1727 opera of Richard the Lionheart is a rarely heard but rewarding enterprise. Goodwin conducts a fervent Basel Chamber Orchestra in this new scholarly version, fully exploiting the dramatic twists of the King's quest to reclaim his abducted fiancée, Constanza. Amid much nice character-building from the decent cast, Nuria Rial enjoys Constanza's luxuriant lines, while Lawrence Zazzo revels as the Lionheart. Riccardo's Act III revenge aria is truly ominous, furiously driven by Goodwin and some innovative brass writing.

Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)

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Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)

Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 69:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH 55349 | Recorded: 1990

Of the program’s seven concertos, only two—one by each composer—are conventional solo concertos. Albinoni, who is credited with inventing the genre, actually wrote as many double concertos as solo concertos; two of them are included on the disc, along with a concerto grosso scored for an unlikely combination of five winds and continuo. Vivaldi, who refined Albinoni’s concept, is represented by a brace of concertos for pairs of oboes and clarinets. Therein lies the fun of this marvelous and unexpected release.

Ensemble Sonnerie - Bach: The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (1996)

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Ensemble Sonnerie - Bach: The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (1996)

Ensemble Sonnerie - Bach: The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 380 Mb | Total time: 71:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 45139 2 | Recorded: 1994

In 1747 Bach wrote a note to go with the piece on this disc: "To Your Majesty [Frederick the Great] I dedicate herewith, in deepest submissiveness, a Musical Offering . . . This undertaking has now been accomplished to the best of my ability, and it has no other object than exalting, if even in only a small degree, the fame of a Monarch whose greatness and power in all the arts both of war and of peace, but especially in music, everyone must admire and honor." And composers today complain about having to fill out NEA grant applications! Here we have a warm and carefully-crafted performance by the original group of instruments, Ensemble Sonnerie, made up of some of the most prominent musicians in the British early music scene.

Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart: Zaïde (2004)

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Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart: Zaïde (2004)

Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music - Mozart: Zaïde (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 75:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMX2907205 | Recorded: 1997

The circumstances under which Mozart started to write uncompleted Singspiel Zaïde, some time in 1779 or 1780 in Salzburg, are not clear. It may have been in an effort to get a hearing at the new German Theater in Vienna, but by 1781 he realized that a serious opera of this kind was not suitable, given the Viennese preference for comedy. He then abandoned the project, and it was not staged until 1866 in an adaptation by Gollmick, with an Overture and closing section by Johann Anton Andrè. Further adaptations followed, but the version presented here consists only of the music Mozart wrote, adding up to about 80 percent of what the completed opera might have contained.

Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Vocalconsort Berlin - Handel: Athalia (2010)

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Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Vocalconsort Berlin - Handel: Athalia (2010)

Paul Goodwin, Kammerorchester Basel, Vocalconsort Berlin - Handel: Athalia (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 657 Mb | Total time: 75:57+69:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697723172 | Recorded: 2009

Athalia, first performed in Oxford in 1733 was enthusiastically received, bar the comment by a crusty academic complaining of ‘Handel and (his lowsy Crew) a great number of forreign fidlers’. All current recordings are of this version, perhaps explaining why Paul Goodwin chose Handel’s London revival from 1735.