Handel

Julie Boulianne - Alma Oppressa - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Julie Boulianne - Alma Oppressa - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | 58:45 min | 2.13 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Analekta | Tracks: 16 | Rls.date: 2017

The characters brought to life in the Baroque-era operas of great composers such as Handel and Vivaldi – protagonists whose passions, loves, misfortunes, hopes, and longings unfold before us on stage – are, in reality, musical depictions of the myriad journeys experienced by the human soul.
London Symphony Orchestra And Chorus / Sir Colin Davis - Handel: Messiah (2007) [2SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

London Symphony Orchestra And Chorus / Sir Colin Davis - Handel: Messiah (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans 600dpi | 8.42GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Full Scans 600dpi | 2.67GB + 5% Recovery

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."
Handel under Jurgen Budday - Belshazzar (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Handel under Jurgen Budday - Belshazzar (2011)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.4GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, K&K Verlagsanstalt

This recording is part of a cycle of old testament oratorios by G. F. Handel and is one of the many concerts performed at Maulbronn monastery over the past years. The series combines authentically performed baroque oratorios with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically authentic performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, which are tuned to the pitch customary in the composers lifetime.
Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch - Mr. Handel's Trumpeters (2015) [TR24][OF]

Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch - Mr. Handel's Trumpeters
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | 57:23 min | 0.98 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Raumklang | Tracks: 33 | Rls.date: 2015

George Frideric Handel had an outstanding trumpeter in his orchestra: Valentine Snow. "Mr. Handel's Trumpeter," as he was later called, inspired Handel to write numerous tailor-made trumpet parts for him. In contrast to his contemporaries, Handel was interested less in virtuosity, than in mellifluous sound and dramatic effect, as reflected in the pieces on this CD. The point of departure for the recording is provided by the trumpet music of Purcell and his contemporaries, music that clearly displays Italian influence and formed the foundation for Handel's compositions.
Murray Perahia - Brahms: Handel Variations (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Murray Perahia - Brahms: Handel Variations (2010)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 1GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Sony Classical

This release sees Murray Perahia returning to Brahms after a significant series of excellent Bach recordings for Sony Classical. His 1991 Sony recording of the Sonata No.3 has an assortment of Intermezzos and Rhapsodies as a filler, but this new disc sees Perahia taking the later opus numbers head-on, working up to them chronologically via the Handel Variations and Rhapsodies Op.79 which, as Katrin Eich says in her booklet notes, each represent an ‘end point’ at certain stages in Brahms’ compositional output.
George Frideric Handel - Arminio, HWV 36 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

George Frideric Handel - Arminio, HWV 36 (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.81GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download , Decca Classics

This Decca Classics release is the first ever complete recording of Arminio, with only one previous incomplete performance available. Described by one contemporary commentator as a miracle, and another as in every respect excellent & vastly pleasing, Arminio is ripe for reappraisal and new presentation.
London Early Opera - Handel at Vaux Vol. I (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

London Early Opera, Cunningham, Moult - Handel at Vaux Vol. I (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 48:16 minutes | 920 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Handel at Vauxhall Volume One contains music by Handel and his English contemporaries. It reconstructs the first act in a typical evening’s concert at Vauxhall Gardens during the 1740s when the programme became more standardized, usually with a set of 16 pieces a night including an opening piece, organ concerto, wind music, instrumental pieces and dances and vocal music including solo and group songs which Jonathan Tyers reputedly introduced for the first time on the advice of Dr.Arne. The music, which was significantly by English composers, was performed by a small band with players doubling up on instruments and singers with very different types of voices…
Julia Lezhneva - Handel: Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julia Lezhneva - Handel: Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 74:04 minutes | 1,31 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The emphasis for this album is very much on youth and prodigious talent: at 25, Julia Lezhneva is ideally suited to the soprano arias of the young Handel, who arrived in Italy from Germany as a 21 year old at the beginning of the 18th century. She has the perfect partners in Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini whose recordings of music from the Italian baroque are celebrated for their “fizzing virtuosity” and “exquisite cushion of sound” (The Independent). For some tracks the orchestra is led by Dmitry Sinkovsky, the extraordinary Russian violinist and one of today’s most versatile Baroque musicians.
Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas (2015) [24-bit/96 kHz]

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:45 minutes | 1,26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Bach wrote three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. Scholars estimate they were composed in the early 1740s, possibly for Carl Fredrich Abel, son of Bach's colleague Christian Ferdinand Abel. They are paired here with Scarlatti's Gamba Sonata and a Violin Sonata by Handel. These works are performed by violinist Robin Michael, cellist Steven Isserlis and harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a program of haunting tranquility.
Bejun Mehta, Freiburger Barockorchester - Handel: Ombra Cara (2010) [Official Digital Download]

Bejun Mehta, Freiburger Barockorchester - G.F. Handel: Ombra Cara (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 71:44 minutes | 731 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

If Handel's arias enjoy such success today, perhaps it is because they lie at the intersection between past and present, light and shadow. They might very well illustrate on their own the entire range of possibilities offered by the voices of his time. On this 2010 recital album, countertenor Bejun Mehta has chosen most of the ‘hits' from the repertoire of the famous castrato Senesino. From shadow (Ombra cara) to light (Sento la gioia), Grammy-winner René Jacobs conducts the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in perfect accompaniment to Lewis.