Armida Handel

Veronique Gens, Les Basses Reunies - Handel: La Lucrezia, Armida abbandonata, Agrippina condotta a morire (1999)

Veronique Gens, Les Basses Reunies - Handel: La Lucrezia, Armida abbandonata, Agrippina condotta a morire (1999)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 231 Mb | Total time: 52:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 245283 2 | Recorded: 1998

Véronique Gens's intense soprano shines in this program of tragic cantatas about a trio of fatally wronged Roman heroines written by the twentysomething Handel during his triumphant Italian sojourn. Here, luckless Lucrezia and abandoned Armida vacillate between love and hate for the men who wronged them and agitated Agrippina rages against the son who condemned her to death, the Emperor Nero. Gens is with these wracked souls all the way, bending her lovely voice to capture the verbal nuances of the texts; listen, for example, how she deadens her tone for Agrippina's "A me sol giunga la morte." Throughout, she stays within the stylistic frame of historically informed performance practices, as do her excellent accompanists. Thanks to Ms. Gens, it's a pleasure to spend 52 minutes with such tortured protaganists. –Dan Davis
Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, Bernarda Fink, Cecilia Bartoli, David Daniels - Handel: Rinaldo (2000)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, Bernarda Fink, Cecilia Bartoli, David Daniels - Handel: Rinaldo (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 770 Mb | Total time: 76:52+51:38+45:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 467 088 2 | Recorded: 1999

On February 24 1711, the curtain at the Haymarket theater went up for 'Rinaldo,' the first opera George Frideric Handel produced for London. It had a libretto by Giacomo Rossi, based on a somewhat mangled outline of Tasso's epic poem of the Crusades, 'Gerusalemme Liberata,' which had been prepared by impresario Aaron Hill with the aim of allowing for as many special machinery effects as possible. Handel clearly wanted to impress London, for his sparkling music contained liberal borrowings from some of his best recent scores. While many changes and cuts were made up to the time of Handel1s final revision in 1731, this recording attempts as much as possible to return to the version that would have been heard in the first London production. Though there are no featured castrati, the cast is strong and youthfully vigorous, with David Daniels in the title role and the radiant Cecilia Bartoli as his betrothed, Almirena. Christopher Hogwood leads an altogether bracing performance, drawing beautifully atmospheric sounds from the Academy of Ancient Music.
Julie Boulianne - Alma Oppressa - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias (2017)

Julie Boulianne - Alma Oppressa - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 58:45 min | 299 MB
Label: Analekta ‎– AN28780 | Tracks: 16 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Opera, Baroque

La mezzo-soprano québécoise Julie Boulianne, que les auditeurs français ont pu récemment entendre à Paris, Toulouse, Avignon, Limoges, Reims, Tours ou Nantes, et qui a fait voici quelques années ses débuts remarqués au MET de New York, nous propose un beau florilège d’aires de Haendel et Vivaldi, choisi parmi les héroïnes les plus tourmentées – d’où le titre de l’album, Alma opressa.
George Frideric Handel: The Masterworks (2004) (40 CD Box Set)

George Frideric Handel: The Masterworks (2004) (40 CD Box Set)
MP3 320 kbps | 40 CDs, 38:50:45 min | 5,21 Gb | Scans ->42 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Brilliant Classics

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759), one of the preeminent Baroque composers, was born in Germany, educated in Italy, and spent most of his career in England, making him one of the first genuinely cosmopolitan composers noted, for the elegance, sophistication, and tunefulness of his music. He established his reputation in London as a composer of Italian opera, but after public taste shifted in the 1730s, he turned to English oratorios, the most famous of which is Messiah. Other popular works include Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, the operas Giulio Cesare and Serse, and the oratorios Israel in Egypt and Judas Maccabeus.
Alan Curtis, Maite Beaumont, Il Complesso Barocco, Simone Kermes - Handel: La Maga Abbandonata (2003)

Alan Curtis, Maite Beaumont, Il Complesso Barocco, Simone Kermes - Handel: La Maga Abbandonata (2003)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:27 | 327 MB
Genre: Baroque, Opera, Vocal | Label: DHM | Catalog: 74321 95644 2

Equally known for his live performances and musicological work in establishing new performing practices for early opera, Alan Curtis enjoyed a fruitful career. A scholar, as well as a conductor and harpsichordist, Curtis edited several important works with an appreciation for authenticity, effective performance, and – in the case of opera – stage-worthiness. Several of his best recordings were issued in the 1990s and in the new millennium. Curtis studied first at Michigan State University and attained his bachelor's degree there in 1955.
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.
Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en Concert, Luc Beauséjour - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias (2017)

Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en Concert, Luc Beauséjour - Vivaldi & Handel: Arias (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:52 | 135 MB
Label: Groupe Analekta | Release Year: 2017

The Quebec mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, whom the French listeners have recently heard in Paris, Toulouse, Avignon, Limoges, Reims, Tours or Nantes, A fine collection of Haendel and Vivaldi areas, chosen among the most tormented heroines - hence the title of the album, Alma opressa. She is accompanied by the Montreal ensemble Clavecin in concert, conducted by master and harpsichord by Luc Beauséjour. The majority of these tunes come from works rarely given, such as Imeneo or Lotario de Handel (alongside a few tubes by Rinaldo or Giulio Cesare) or L'incoronazione di Dario, Armida al campo by Egitto or Andromeda liberata by Vivaldi , Masterpieces of vocal virtuosity that go so well with the supple voice of Julie Boulianne, and which one will discover here with pleasure.

George Frederic Handel - Handel Operas Box Set 22 CD (2009)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at May 6, 2015
George Frederic Handel - Handel Operas Box Set 22 CD (2009)

George Frederic Handel - Handel Operas Box Set 22 CD (2009)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 3,23 Gb
Label: Sony / Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Release Year: 2009

This set contains 8 operas by Handel in 22 CDs. In many ways, this box is a mix-bag: some of them performed in the "traditional style" with severe cuts, and others in "historically-informed" performances. Selection includes some of the most popular Handel operas and some of the rarely-performed. It's the latter category that one should pay closer attention.
Ottavio Dantone, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Rinaldo (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Ottavio Dantone, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Handel: Rinaldo (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25643 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 161 min | 42,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4415 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 161 min | 8,75 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch

Skin-tight rubber and lacrosse sticks bring contemporary chic to this timeless fantasy of warriors and witches in Robert Carsen's fun-filled transformation of Handel's first London triumph. Conducting from the keyboard just as Handel himself did, Ottavio Dantone leads a youthful cast of today's luminaries in the dramatic art of Baroque opera, the 'affecting' Sonia Prina, the 'unadorned intensity' of Anett Fritsch and 'fire-breathing flair' (The Observer) of Brenda Rae.
Handel - Rinaldo (Harry Bicket, David Daniels, Debora York) [2001]

Handel - Rinaldo (Harry Bicket, David Daniels, Debora York) [2001]
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR Auto Letterboxed | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch), (DTS, 5 ch), (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.68 GB + 4.05 GB (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: ArtHaus | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | +3% Recovery | 163 min + 54 min (bonus)

Rinaldo’s libretto, based on Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, relates the siege of Jerusalem, during the first Crusade, by the Christian army lead by Godefroy de Bouillon. In this production, Goffredo is a preacher – nice suit and white teeth – who seems to be in conflict with the vamp Armida and her night club called “Gerusalemme”. Argante is the Saracen bouncer of the night club and particularly resistant to Goffredo’s speech. Almirena, Goffredo’s daughter, is a good looking maid who appears looking like a sort of Jeanne d’Arc but rapidly changes into a pom-pom girl. She is lusted after by Armida for her night club and is used by her father to manipulate or at least to motivate Rinaldo – an Eliott Ness or Dick Tracy like hero. Note that Almirena’s capture, which precedes and triggers Rinaldo’s famous lament “Cara sposa”, looks like a tribute to Hitchcock’s Birds.