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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.
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 | 190 min | 42,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4415 kbps / 24-bit
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.
Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Emanuela Galli, Roberta Invernizzi - Handel: Le Cantate per il Marchese Ruspoli, Vol. 2 (2007)

Fabio Bonizzoni, La Risonanza, Emanuela Galli, Roberta Invernizzi - Handel: Le Cantate per il Marchese Ruspoli, Vol. 2 (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 74:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # 4GCD 921522 | Recorded: 2005

In the autumn of last year Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza embarked on a journey taking a fresh look – musicologically as well as musically – at the chamber cantatas to Italian texts and with instrumental accompaniment composed by Georg Frideric Handel during his stay in Italy. Where the first release on Glossa focused on works associated with Cardinal Pamphili in Rome, this new recording contains pieces – including the dramatic cantata Armida abbandonata and Handel’s ‘own’ Hunt Cantata – originating in the establishment of the Marquis Ruspoli and written for sopranos such asMargherita Durastante and Vittoria Tarquini.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Cecilia Bartoli - Joseph Haydn: Armida (2000)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Cecilia Bartoli - Joseph Haydn: Armida (2000)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 54:34+74:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 85738 11082 | Recorded: 2000

Thanks to his omnivorous curiosity, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has revived an authentic masterpiece. Several opera composers–Lully, Handel, and Gluck–had already availed themselves of the amorous and stormy adventures of the knight Rinaldo and the enchantress Armida, drawn from Tasso's Jerusalem Liberated. Composed in 1784, Haydn's Armida was his the final opera he wrote for his patron Prince Esterházy, but it was also the composer's debut opera seria. Even so–and just like Mozart–Haydn knew how to free himself from the rigid and monotonous alternation of aria and recitative that customarily governed this genre. Thus the final act, which unfolds in an enchanted forest, offers us a half-hour of nearly uninterrupted music, even prefiguring the romantic shape of things to come in the 19th century. This recording was made from a concert performance in June 2000 in Vienna's sumptuous Musikverein under the blazing baton of Harnoncourt. The cast is impeccable–including Christoph Prégardien and Patricia Petibon and dominated by the stunning Cecilia Bartoli, who can swerve within a few bars from boiling anger to the most overwhelming amorous pleading.
(Franck Erikson)
Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - Handel: Rinaldo (1997)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy - Handel: Rinaldo (1997)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 705 Mb | Total time: 171:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 34592 | Recorded: 1977

Rinaldo (HWV 7) is an opera by George Frideric Handel, composed in 1711, and was the first Italian language opera written specifically for the London stage. The libretto was prepared by Giacomo Rossi from a scenario provided by Aaron Hill, and the work was first performed at the Queen's Theatre in London's Haymarket on 24 February 1711. The story of love, war and redemption, set at the time of the First Crusade, is loosely based on Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata ("Jerusalem Delivered"), and its staging involved many original and vivid effects. It was a great success with the public, despite negative reactions from literary critics hostile to the contemporary trend towards Italian entertainment in English theatres.
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Handel: Alceste, Comus (1990)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Handel: Alceste, Comus (1990)
EAC FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:57 | 411 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | Catalog: 421 479-2

According to Christopher Hogwood, in his marvelous biography of Handel, "In the winter of that year [1750], Handel received what was for him an unusual commission. Although closely associated with the London theatre, he wrote very little incidental music for plays. A request from John Rich to provide airs and dances for Smollett's 'Alceste' was undertaken, according to Hawkins, in repayment of a debt to Rich."
Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Handel: Brockes-Passion HWV 48 (2010)

Peter Neumann, Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Handel: Brockes-Passion HWV 48 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 707 Mb | Total time: 78:25+74:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # CARUS83428 | Recorded: 2009

Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text for the passion oratorio, later named after him, is among the best-known Passion librettos of the early 18th century. This version is the first recording on CD of the work based on the copy made by J S Bach himself. It is distinguished from the better-known version by a different text for the opening chorus.
Peter Neumann strikes a powerful blow for some reassessment of Handel's version. He is assisted above all by Markus Brutscher's Evangelist which has urgency, cogency and clarity in equal measure. Markus Flaig's Jesus is also effective as is the relatively modest contribution by the Cologne Chamber Choir. (BBC Music Magazine)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen, Inger Dam-Jensen, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Partenope (2009)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen, Inger Dam-Jensen, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Partenope (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 187 min | 4.87+6.73 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Dansk | Recorded: 2008

Mortensen's magnificent direction brings out the full measure of excitement, pathos and emotion in Handel's score…[the production] conveys an enormous amount of what makes Partenope very special.
–Gramophone
Crowe, Staples, Purves, Choeur du Concert d'Astrée, Orchestre du Concert d'Astrée & Emmanuelle Haïm - Handel: Messiah (2014)

Lucy Crowe, Andrew Staples, Christopher Purves, Choeur du Concert d'Astrée, Orchestre du Concert d'Astrée & Emmanuelle Haïm - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 02:15:20 | 657 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Warner Classics

Following several acclaimed albums of Handel’s operatic and choral masterpieces (including a triumphant Giulio Cesare with Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra and the oratorio La Resurrezione with British soprano Kate Royal), French harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm at last brings her fresh, expressive approach to Messiah. Joining her on a musically and spiritually uplifting journey for this long-awaited recording is Haïm’s own choir and period-instrument orchestra, Le Concert d’Astrée, with four of the UK’s finest Handelian singers. Having begun her career as a brilliant harpsichordist and protegee of Baroque pioneers William Christie and Christophe Rousset, Haïm has a long history with Messiah.
B'Rock Orchestra, René Jacobs - Handel: Orlando (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

B'Rock Orchestra, René Jacobs - Handel: Orlando (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 159:39 minutes | 3.13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Making his Archiv opera debut, celebrated Handelian and Grammy award winner René Jacobs, the most exciting opera conductor of the day (Münchner Merkur), leads his dynamic, exquisitely honed B Rock Baroque Orchestra Ghent and an outstanding cast in one of the composer s most spectacular and ravishingly beautiful creations recorded at Concertgebouw Brugge in summer 2013.