Handel Celebration

Kiri Te Kanawa: Sorceress - A Handel Celebration [1994]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Feb. 24, 2017
Kiri Te Kanawa: Sorceress - A Handel Celebration [1994]

Kiri Te Kanawa: Sorceress - A Handel Celebration (Christopher Hogwood; The Academy of Ancient Music) [1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 298 MB
Classical | Label: Philips; Polygram Records | Catalog Number: 434 992-2 | TT: 77:55

Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa ONZ DBE AC (born 6 March 1944) is a New Zealand/Māori soprano who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968. Acclaimed as one of the most beloved sopranos in both the United States and Britain she possesses a warm full lyric soprano voice, singing a wide array of works in multiple languages from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She is particularly associated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini…

A Handel Celebration - Christophers, The Sixteen (2010)  Music

Posted by jcampelo at Nov. 1, 2010
A Handel Celebration - Christophers, The Sixteen (2010)

A Handel Celebration - Christophers, The Sixteen (2010)
Classical - Choral | DVD Video | DVD-9 | No Scans | 120mins | 7.52 GB | FileServe + FileSonic + Hotfile
MPEG-2 Video | NTSC | 16:9 | 720x480 | 7440 kb/s | 29,97 fps | Label: Coro
English | Dolby Digital | 48000 Hz | AC3, 6ch, 448 kb/s + PCM, 2ch, 1536 kb/s | RAR 4% Rec

This BBC Proms concert, titled A Handel Celebration, commemorates the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death and the 30th anniversary of the founding of The Sixteen, which got its name from the fact that the original chorus had 16 members. The forces used here are a bit larger than those Harry Christophers usually employs. The mixed-voice chorus numbers 30, and the orchestra is listed at 42 members, although it does not appear that they are all onstage at the same time.
Quincy Jones - Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration (1992) [Re-Up]

Quincy Jones - Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration (1992)
EAC 0.95b4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 516MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Funk, Soul, Jazz Funk

Music and history are combined in this compact disc that celebrates G.F. Handel’s original “Messiah, an Oratorio for Four-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices, Soprano, Alto Tenor and Bass Soli and Piano.” Mr. Warren combines the black R & B tradition, heavily steeped in gospel and “making a joyful noise” – gospel based religious overtones – and foists them on a European musical masterpiece. He called it Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration.”
Quincy Jones - Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration (1992) {Warner Bros.}

Quincy Jones - Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration (1992) {Warner Bros.}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 6 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans | 514MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Funk,Soul.Jazz Funk

Music and history are combined in this compact disc that celebrates G.F. Handel’s original “Messiah, an Oratorio for Four-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices, Soprano, Alto Tenor and Bass Soli and Piano.” Mr. Warren combines the black R & B tradition, heavily steeped in gospel and “making a joyful noise” – gospel based religious overtones – and foists them on a European musical masterpiece. He called it Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration.”
Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Giove in Argo (2013)

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Giove in Argo (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:34:15 | 934 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 7231162

Handel's Giove in Argo (Jupiter in Argos) is bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, a pastiche (or, in the parlance of the time, pasticcio) of numbers from earlier operas stitched together into a mythological-pastoral plot that is absurd even by the standards of Baroque opera. It is a notable sign of the success of the Baroque opera revival that this has appeared on a semi-major label, Virgin Classics. The pieces were all from operas that were fairly recent at the time, and it's possible that the work was intended as a kind of greatest-hits reprise, but London audiences did not bite; the opera was long thought to be lost, and it had its modern premiere only in 2006, with newly written recitatives.
Angela Hewitt - Hewitt Plays Handel & Haydn (2009) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Angela Hewitt - Hewitt Plays Handel & Haydn (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 67:19 minutes | 497 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Recorded and released in the ‘anniversary year’ of both Handel and Haydn, Hyperion’s Record of the Month is an effusive celebration of the two composers, performed by an artist whose renditions of 17th- and 18th-century keyboard works on the piano have received the highest possible acclaim. This recital is a welcome gesture from the ‘high priestess of Bach’ (The Sunday Times). As you will hear, Hewitt’s trademark clarity of line, singing tone and instinctive musicality are perfectly suited to the urbane elegance of the works recorded here.

Handel - Rodrigo (Alan Curtis) [1999]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at April 7, 2017
Handel - Rodrigo (Alan Curtis) [1999]

Handel - Rodrigo (Alan Curtis) [1999]
Classical | Virgin 7243 5 45897 2 | TT: 79.15+75.34 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 720 Mb

Until recently, so much of this first opera that Handel wrote for Italy was lost that it was unviable to stage it. The rediscovery of the missing material, a triumph of scholarly detective work, reveals the confident high spirits which characterise so much of Handel’s music during his Italian visit. It lacks the instrumental colours of his more lavish London productions, with many arias supported by continuo alone. All are here, complete (even six which Handel himself discarded), but many are brief and, under Curtis’s lively direction, the dramatic tension builds up splendidly. He has also shortened the recitative, reflecting Handel’s own tendency later, in England, when writing for a non-Italian speaking audience. After a fleeting moment of uncertainty in the Overture, the orchestral playing is superb throughout. Both Banditelli (Rodrigo) and Calvi (Fernando) are well-characterised in their trouser roles, an apt touch of darkness in the voice reflecting Handel’s original castrati. Piau is appealing as Rodrigo’s forgiving wife in some of the most memorable arias – her first with delicate flutes, in Act II, confusing the ear with ambiguous up-beat rhythms. Fedi, as Rinaldo’s rejected mistress, is uncomfortably hard-edged when passions are roused. Outstanding is Müller, duetting alluringly with bassoon, strutting arrogantly in a victory celebration. (George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine)

Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 19, 2017
Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)

Richard Egarr - Handel: 8 'Great' Suites (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:58:12 | 779 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMU 907581

“[These suites] have rarely been recorded or promoted by harpsichordists during the most recent revival of interest in ‘early music.’” I realize that Richard Egarr is entitled to his own opinions—his liner notes on an earlier release, for example, likened the humor in Purcell’s harpsichord music to that of the wonderful old 1950s BBC comedy The Goon Show —but he’s not entitled to his own facts. Christopher Brodersen pointed out in a 2011 review of these works featuring Laurence Cummings ( Fanfare 34:5) that ArkivMusic listed nine complete sets played on the harpsichord, with several others on the piano. I find some of the suites have considerably more recordings than that, in 2014: 26 for the Suite in A Major, 28 for the Suite in D Minor, 25 for the Suite in E Minor, 47 for the Suite in E Major. If such numbers reflect rare recordings, I have to wonder what Egarr would consider a moderate number, let alone a frequent one.
Orchestre d'Auvergne & Craig Leon - Celebration: 10 Centuries of Christmas Music (2016)

Orchestre d'Auvergne & Craig Leon - Celebration: 10 Centuries of Christmas Music (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:50:39 | 117 MB
Label: Aparté

Enfin un beau programme musical méditatif autour de Noël ! Tous ces arrangements pour orchestre de chambre, mis en couleur de façon remarquable par l'Orchestre d'Auvergne, s'appuient sur des mélodies écrites ou jouées à l'occasion de Noël. Avec des compositions s'étalant sur près de 10 siècles, nous découvrons comment certaines se sont ancrées au plus profond de notre culture. Inutile de décrire Craig Léon, musicien éclectique et producteur légendaire (Blondie, Les Ramones..), qui signe cet album inspiré, dont l'ambiance moderne et feutrée ravira un public très large. Un véritable disque de Noël Zen et la fameuse prise de Son "Full Dynamic Audio" du Label Aparté.
Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood - Handel, Arne, Lampe, Haydn & Mozart (1998)

Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood - Handel, Arne, Lampe, Haydn & Mozart (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 139:22 | 637 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: B000009DG1

Classical music is one of the greatest joys in life. Opera on the other hand, is often too melodramatic to stomach. But there is nothing more enchanting than an Aria. On this 2 CD set, Emma Kirkby sings in sweet exultation. Her voice expresses power and agility yet a limpid tranquility. Clarity is the greatest achievement of any musician. With the aid of precision accompaniment on period instruments, shameless perfection is delivered. She soothes the soul longing for beauty. Her marvelous Soprano is rendered on 25 tracks in this eclectic ensemble. If you are a champion of Handel or a devotee of Mozart, you should not hesitate to purchase this CD. Emma Kirkby will have you beaming with delight and pining for more. Surely it will be one of the brightest of your collection.