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Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel: Rodelinda (2021)

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Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel: Rodelinda (2021)

Harry Bicket, The English Concert - Handel: Rodelinda (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 983 Mb | Total time: 68:58+66:12+65:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD658 | Recorded: 2020

In Handel’s Rodelinda, the characters know only too well that in the corridors of power, complete candour is unwise. In the face of dishonour and the loss of her loved ones, Rodelinda’s dignified resistance and exemplary spirit ultimately elevate her amongst her rivals. In this recording The English Concert together with an all-star cast, directed by Harry Bicket, bring to life Handel’s music as it underpins the intricate twists and turns of his characters and their complex relationships.

Justin Doyle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin - Handel: Messiah (2020)

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Justin Doyle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin - Handel: Messiah (2020)

Justin Doyle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin - Handel: Messiah (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 697 Mb | Total time: 83:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC5186853 | Recorded: 2020

The RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin and its chief conductor Justin Doyle present Handel’s Messiah, together with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and an all-British quartet of outstanding soloists, consisting of Julia Doyle (soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Thomas Hobbs (tenor) and Roderick Williams (bass). Messiah (1742) is not only Handel’s most famous work, but equally one of the cornerstones of British choral culture. Over the years, a tradition of mass performances full of pomp and circumstance took root, with the "Hallelujah" as a showstopper. This new period-instruments recording, however, aims to bring the piece back to the size and intimacy of the earliest performances.

La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

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La Nuova Musica; David Bates, Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

Giovanni Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas BWV 54 & 170 (2017)
Lucy Crowe, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; La Nuova Musica; David Bates, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM907589 | Time: 01:04:14

Two of Bach’s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi’s 'Stabat mater', an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century’s most influential composers. Bach so admired the composition of his Neapolitan colleague that he made his own ‘parody’ of it to a German text. On this recording, La Nuova Musica, in its 10th anniversary year, and its two eminent soloists display equal mastery of both idioms.

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.

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Flavio (2010)

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Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Flavio (2010)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Flavio (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 671 Mb | Total time: 77:03+69:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0773(2) | Recorded: 2010

Early music specialists are still working through the wealth of Handel operas that began coming more to light in the late 20th century. Flavio, Rè di Longobardi remains one of his more obscure works. Its musical variety and richness make it a piece that deserves more attention and this excellent recording in Chandos' series of Baroque operas featuring Christian Curnyn and Early Opera Company makes a strong case for it. The plot, like that of many of Handel's operas, is convoluted to the point of being indecipherable, but each of the characters is carefully drawn. These singers invest each one with an incisive dramatic distinctiveness, and their voices are different enough that here is never in doubt as to which characters are singing. Curnyn leads a superb cast in an elegant performance.