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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.

Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir of Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat (2000)

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Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir of Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat (2000)

Stephen Cleobury, King's College Choir of Cambridge, The Academy of Ancient Music - Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 723 Mb | Total time: 73:59+78:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 56994 2 | Recorded: 1999-2000

With various record labels compiling complete works to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach, EMI's more accessible approach is this luxurious anthology of the Baroque master's sacred music. Over two and a half hours, this program encompasses the grand scale of the Magnificat in D (BWV 243) and Missa Brevis in A (BWV 234). Between these are scared cantatas, the very popular choral Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) contrasting with sensitive solo vocal writing in Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (BWV 12); motets; arias; and an organ prelude and fugue. It's a well-balanced program, covering every aspect of Bach's church music except the Passions.

Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Handel: Messiah (2010)

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Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Handel: Messiah (2010)

Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir - Handel: Messiah (2010)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 11471 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 154 min | 19,7 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3873 kbps
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 154 min | 10,0 Gb
Audio: English / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish

To mark the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, Vienna's Theater an der Wien realized a truly extraordinary project: the staging of Messiah, the composer's most popular oratorio. Collaborating with an exquisite cast of singers, Claus Guth, one of today's highly renowned stage directors, delivered 'an emotionally and psychologically charged sequence of images. . . The audience was thrilled' (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (1998)

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Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (1998)

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Vivaldi: Ottone in villa (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 663 Mb | Total time: 75:54+68:47 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0614(2) | Recorded: 1997

This, Vivaldi's very first opera, was premièred in Vicenza in 1713 and was an instant hit. The story is a relatively uncomplicated one by the standards of Baroque opera, of amatory pretences and misunderstandings: it has been admirably summarised by Eric Cross (who has edited the work) as a 'light-weight, amoral entertainment in which the flirtatious Cleonilla consistently has the upper hand, and gullible Emperor Ottone (a far from heroic figure) never discovers the truth about the way he has been deceived'. The score proceeds in a succession of secco recitatives (with just a very occasional accompagnato) and da capo arias – which the present cast ornament very stylishly.

Stephen Layton, The Choir of Trinity College, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 5a, 6a, 8 (2013)

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Stephen Layton, The Choir of Trinity College, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 5a, 6a, 8 (2013)

Stephen Layton, The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 5a, 6a & 8 (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 367 Mb | Total time: 74:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67926 | Recorded: 2012

Handel’s beautiful, intimate settings of liturgical texts written for the First Duke of Chandos are among his less well-known choral works—and are proved by this second volume from Trinity also to be among his loveliest. They are a perfect example of the composer’s English style heard in Acis & Galatea and oratorios such as Judas Maccabaeus.
The soloists on this recording include internationally acclaimed Handelians Susan Gritton and Iestyn Davies, and the young tenor Thomas Hobbs, whose warm, lyrical tone is perfect for this repertoire. Trinity College Choir Cambridge sing with their usual youthful exuberance tempered with elegance, style and precision, under the expert guidance of Stephen Layton.

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Haydn: The Complete Mass Edition (2006)

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Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Haydn: The Complete Mass Edition (2006)

Richard Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90 - Haydn: The Complete Mass Edition (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.24 Gb | Total time: 08:30:06 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0734 | Recorded: 1995-2001

Hickox has a wonderful feel for this music…In short I would put Hickox at the top of the list… Seasoned collectors may well have the major Haydn masses well covered, but if you want the less-known early works, along with interesting fillers, all superbly done and neatly put in a single box, you’ll want this as well. There is splendid music here, full of vitality as only Haydn could express it.
–American Record Guide

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2003)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2003)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: The Complete Secular Solo Songs (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 892 Mb | Total time: 69:35+76:45+76:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDs44161/3 | Recorded: 1993-94

Among all his remarkable and varied compositional talents, Purcell was the supreme craftsman when it came to setting his native language to music. Addison wrote of Purcell’s ‘Tunes so wonderfully adapted to his Words’ and Playford, in his introduction to the first volume of Orpheus Britannicus (1706) commented that ‘The Author’s extraordinary Tallent in all sorts of music, is sufficiently known; but he was particularly admir’d for his Vocal, having a peculiar Genius to express the Energy of English Words, whereby he mov’d the Passions as well as caused Admiration in all his Auditors’. Purcell combined an innate sense of the natural rhythms of speech and a wonderful melodic flair with a richness of harmonic language that few composers have ever matched.

Robert King, King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (11CDs) [2005]

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Robert King,  King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music  (11CDs) [2005]

Robert King, King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music (11CDs) [2005]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.26 Gb | Total time: 12 hrs 53 mins | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDS 44171/81 | Recorded: 1979

What can anyone add to the praise that has deservedly been heaped on Robert King and the King's Consort's 11 discs of the complete sacred music of Vivaldi? Can one add that every single performance is first class – wonderfully musical, deeply dedicated, and profoundly spiritual? Can one add that every single performer is first class – absolutely in-tune, entirely in-sync, and totally committed? Can one add that every single recording is first class – amazingly clean, astoundingly clear, and astonishingly warm? One can because it's all true and it's all been said before by critics and listeners across the globe. Can one say that every piece is a masterpiece – that every piece is filled with the consummate skill, the irresistible joy, and the radiant spirituality that was Vivaldi's specialty? One can because this, too, is true. From the well-known Gloria, Magnificat, and Stabat Mater to the little known In furore giustissimae irae, O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, and Cur sagittas, cur tela, truly every work is a masterpiece and anyone – from the deeply devout to the deeply doubtful – will love these works, these performances, and these recordings if they love music.
–James Leonard

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - Handel: Messiah (2007)

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Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - Handel: Messiah (2007)

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Tenebrae Choir - Handel: Messiah (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 608 Mb | Total time: 78:31+67:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO | # 0607 | Recorded: 2006

With an outstanding solo quartet and a great chorus and orchestra, Davis leads a sterling performance that challenges the supremacy of his 1966 Philips recording of Messiah. Davis leads a dramatic performance; the famous "Hallelujah" chorus appropriately grand, the final "Amen" bristling with brazen energy, both sung with extraordinary tonal coloring and precise articulation by the chorus, which also shines in a lithe "He shall purify" and a vividly virtuoso "For unto us a child is born." Soprano Susan Gritton's solos are a delight, whether in the measured "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" or her exuberant "Rejoice greatly." The vocal purity of her "I know my redeemer liveth" makes this track a highlight. Alto Sara Mingardo's darker tones are especially moving in her arias and dramatic in "He was despised." The men are almost as good; Alistair Miles sonorous in the bass arias and Mark Padmore recovering nicely after a somewhat mannered "Evr'y valley." The LSO is in excellent form too, the strings expressive in the orchestral interludes and the brass shining brightly in the big choruses of Part III, where the tympani thwacks are startling in their power.
–Dan Davis

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 596 Mb | Total time: 137:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67283/4 | Recorded: 1999

After the success of Alexander's Feast, a setting of the much admired ode by John Dryden, it was wondered: would the result be greater still if Handel could be persuaded to set the words of a poet even greater than Dryden? Such were the thoughts of an important group of Handel's friends centred around the philosopher James Harris and including Charles Jennens (later the librettist of Messiah) and the Fourth Earl of Shaftesbury. It was under their influence that Handel came to set the poetry of John Milton, first in L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and later in the oratorio Samson.

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: The Choice of Hercules; Maurice Greene: Hearken unto me, ye holy children (2002)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: The Choice of Hercules; Maurice Greene: Hearken unto me, ye holy children (2002)

Robert King, The King’s Consort - Handel: The Choice of Hercules; Maurice Greene: Hearken unto me, ye holy children (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 62:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67298 | Recorded: 2001

When Handel introduced English oratorios to London in the 1730s, he did not confine himself to sacred subjects, exploring also Classical myths, with texts based on Roman and Greek literature. The Choice of Hercules marks Handel’s last realisation of a Classical tale. It started life in 1749 as music for Alceste, but the Covent Garden production was cancelled, leaving Handel with an hour of superb music on his hands. By the summer of 1750 he had adapted several numbers and added new ones, and in 1751 it premiered as ‘an additional New Act’ concluding a performance of the ode Alexander’s Feast. Much of the music from the original conception (the story of a loyal wife who dies to save her husband and is subsequently rescued from the Underworld by Hercules) transferred easily to its new guise, for example the noble opening Sinfonia, originally intended to mark Hercules’ return from the Underworld, now entirely apt for the entrance of the young Hercules in the new drama.

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - Handel: Deborah (1993)

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Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - Handel: Deborah (1993)

Robert King, The King’s Consort, New College Choir, Oxford - Handel: Deborah (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 678 Mb | Total time: 138:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66841/2 | Recorded: 1993

‘Deborah contains some of the most glorious music Handel ever wrote. Even if many of the numbers have been recycled from earlier works, the invention is still staggering. Handel devotees can thus amuse themselves spotting the tunes while everyone else can revel in the sumptuous scoring and the sheer vitality and humanity of the piece, all superbly conveyed in Robert King's recording’
–BBC Music Magazine

Ivor Bolton, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2012)

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Ivor Bolton, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2012)

Ivor Bolton, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 925 Mb | Total time: 169:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Farao | # B108090 | Recorded: 2002

Giulio Cesare, Händels aufwändigste Oper aus dem Jahre 1724, markierte im März 1994 den Beginn der Münchner Händelrenaissance. Mit einer spektakulären Premiere sorgte Intendant Sir Peter Jonas international für Furore. Weit über 100 Aufführungen von 1994 bis 2006 spielten vor ausverkauftem Haus.
Szenisch war die witzig-ironische Regie von Richard Jones in ihrer poppig-bunten Optik für das Münchner Publikum ein Paukenschlag, der die völlig neue Ästhetik der „Ära Jonas“ einläutete. Aber auch musikalisch war die von Ivor Bolton geleitete, historisch informierte, vibratolos-schlanke und plastisch phrasierte Spielweise des Bayerischen Staatsorchesters zutiefst neu und unerhört!

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 79:39+66:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5415 | Recorded: 2003

Here is a splendid revival by Paul McCreesh and an excellent cast, as seen at the Barbican in 2003, of one of Gluck’s lesser-known dramatic works. Where the composer’s previous ‘reform’ operas, Orfeo and Alceste, had been dramas of life and death, Paride ed Elena deals with a gallant subject: Paris’s wooing of Helen, here betrothed rather than married to Menelaus. Cupid pulls the strings, while Athene appears as a malign dea ex machina to utter warnings of future carnage – which the lovers blithely disregard. McCreesh and his superb orchestra relish Gluck’s portrayal of contrasting worlds and generate plenty of tension when the emotional temperature finally begins to rise.Though Paride ed Elena is even more static than Alceste, variety comes from Gluck’s portrayal of the two contrasting national characters, Sparta and Troy. The Trojan Paris sings music in Gluck’s most ravishing, voluptuous vein, while Helen, far from being a sex-kitten, maintains a certain Spartan aloofness until her final capitulation.

Bernard Haitink, The London Philharmonic, Gerald Finley, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2013/1994) [BDRip]

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Bernard Haitink, The London Philharmonic, Gerald Finley, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2013/1994) [BDRip]

Bernard Haitink, The London Philharmonic, Gerald Finley, Renée Fleming - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2013/1994) [BDRip]
Classical | BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 188 min | 10,2 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Kultur | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

NVC ARTS returned to Glyndebourne in 1994 for the opening of the beautiful, new opera house and a recording of an opera closely associated with Glyndebourne; Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Stephen Medcalf's production is complemented by John Gunter's sparsely furnished sets, offset by the rich greens, reds and blues in the scenery and costumes. A perfect Glyndebourne cast includes Gerald Finley and Alison Hagley who give touching performances of Figaro and Susanna. Andreas Schmidt is a strong and handsome Count Almaviva, Renée Fleming is a ravishing Countess and Marie-Ange Todorovitch is an irresistably love-sick Cherubino. Bernard Haitink draws polished playing from the London Philharmonic.