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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

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George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks [30CDs] (2009)

George Frideric Handel - The Masterworks (30CDs) [2009]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 8.52 Gb | Total time: 31:26:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1190 | Recorded: 1959-2002

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with this impressive box set. 30-CD box set of the composer's most celebrated works–including the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, The Messiah, concerti grossi and much more! Featuring conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Mark Minkowski and others. Performances by the Gabrielli Players, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Soloists and others.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Simon Preston - Bach: Complete Organ Works (2000) (14 CDs Box Set)

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Simon Preston - Bach: Complete Organ Works (2000) (14 CDs Box Set)

Simon Preston - Bach: Complete Organ Works (2000) (14 CDs Box Set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 14 CDs, 15:42:07 min | 4,1 Gb | Scans->55 mb
Genre: Classical, Organ / Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Over the course of the last 12 years Simon Preston has been recording Bach’s organ music for DG, and while some of these discs have been released individually during that time, many are appearing here for the first time. More than that, some of the earlier recordings have been rejected in favour of more recent ones: I’m glad that his 1992 recording of the ‘Schubler’ Chorales (6/92) has been substituted by an altogether more relaxed and elegant version, recorded in late 1999, in which he not only seems more in sympathy with the music but also feels less inclined to treat it as the latest Olympic athletics event; BWV645 takes the best part of a minute longer in this new recording and benefits enormously from it. A total of 10 organs has been used (every one, as they say, a winner) and the booklet includes adequate historic information, specifications and photographs (although none of Preston’s registrations is detailed), as well as brief, rather basic notes and a somewhat superficial interview with Preston himself.

King's, Winchester, Christ Church - Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems; Dixit Dominus; Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (1997)

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King's, Winchester, Christ Church - Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems; Dixit Dominus; Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (1997)

David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, Choir of King's College Cambridge; David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir; Simon Preston, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems; Dixit Dominus; Foundling Hospital Anthem; Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 686 Mb | Total time: 147:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca ‎| # 455 041-2 | Recorded: 1963, 1979, 1986, 1993

These 2 discs offer the music of 3 different choirs and 4 different times periods. CD 1 features the Choir of King's College, Cambridge,performing 4 Coronation Anthems: Zadok the priest; My heart is inditing; Let my hand be strengthened and The King shall rejoice. Recording Date:August,1963.

Blomstedt, Abbado, Preston - Brahms: Choral Works (1997)

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Blomstedt, Abbado, Preston - Brahms: Choral Works (1997)

Blomstedt, Abbado, Preston - Brahms: Choral Works (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 614 Mb | Total time: 74:50+70:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 452 582-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1969, 1990, 1993

One of Brahms' earliest musical jobs (besides playing piano in whorehouses) was directing a choral society. This introduced him to the music of the Renaissance and the Baroque, which sparked his antiquarian enthusiasms, in particular his first-hand encounters with the choral music of Bach. Choral music became an important part of Brahms' output – to his art, to his career (Ein deutsches Requiem propelled him to European notice), and to his income. Brahms may have directed much of his choral music to the then-lucrative amateur market, but he also produced plenty for crack choirs and without much reasonable hope for financial reward – again, Ein deutsches Requiem a good example. Like the Requiem, some of these works even became popular.

Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)

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Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)

Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey and Orchestra - Handel: Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Salve Regina (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 56:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 423 594-2 | Recorded: 1988

The composition is a tour de force, written by Handel at the age of 22 to showcase his skill in choral music – which this recording certainly does. Outstanding historically informed performance led by Simon Preston. Of particular note: an inspired rendering of the soprano duet "De Torrente" by Diana Montague and the legendary Arleen Augér.

Ton Koopman, Simon Preston, Helmut Walcha - Bach: Orgelwerke (1999)

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Ton Koopman, Simon Preston, Helmut Walcha - Bach: Orgelwerke (1999)

Ton Koopman, Simon Preston, Helmut Walcha - Bach: Orgelwerke (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 732 Mb | Total time: 79:16+65:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 461 016-2/463 017-2 | Recorded: 1963-65; 1983-92

Much of Bach’s organ music was written during the earlier part of his career, culminating in the period he spent as court organist at Weimar. Among many well-known compositions we may single out the Dorian Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538, the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564, Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582, Prelude and Fugue “St Anne”, BWV 552 (in which the fugue theme resembles the well-known English hymn of that name), Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, and the Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540. Chorale preludes are compositions for organ that consist of short variations on simple hymn tunes for all seasons of the church year. Better-known melodies used include the Christmas In dulci jubilo, BWV 608, Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603, the Holy Week Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625, and the Easter Christ ist erstanden, BWV 627, as well as the moving Durch Adam’s Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637, and the familiar Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, and Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657.