Handel

Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011) works by Handel, Michael Nyman, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, Faure, McGlynn  etc

Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011)
with Shiroma de Silva, piano; Craig Ogden, guitar; Smith Quartet
Codetta; Trinity Laban String Ensemble; Nic Pendlebury, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber, Saxophone | Label: First Hand | # FHR13 | Time: 01:13:40

This brilliantly devised CD from Gerard McChrystal is a deeply personal album; at times mystical, the music is always beautiful and captivating. Indeed 'Aria' has similar qualities to Jan Gabarek's 'Officium' (which sold 1.4 million copies) and will appeal to this fan-base. Featuring soprano and alto saxophone with a colourful array of different ensemble accompaniments — string orchestra, choir, guitar, piano, solo, string quartet and electronics. Baroque music blends seamlessly with contemporary; Handel resolves into Michael Nyman, Debussy's Syrinx morphs into Ravel's Piece en forme de habanera. All the tracks lead to the next by key or by starting and ending on the same note. Other works include Philip Glass Façades, Faure Les Berceaux, Bozza Aria, as well as original works by Billy Cowie, Karen Tanaka, Andy Scott and Michael McGlynn (from the vocal group Anúna who featured in Riverdance). Accompanying Gerard on this album are some of the UK's finest classical musicians including the Smith Quartet and the No. 1 best-selling classical artist, guitarist Craig Ogden. Gerard McChrystal is a multi-award winning saxophonist who has performed as a soloist in over 30 countries with many of the World's leading orchestras and ensembles.
John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Jephtha (2008)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir - Handel: Jephtha (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 732 Mb | Total time: 158:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 0398 | Recorded: 1988

John Eliot Gardiner’s recording was made live at the Göttingen Festival in 1988 … the exhilaration and intensity of the performance come over vividly, with superb singing from both chorus and an almost ideal line-up of soloists … as for the Monteverdi Choir, their clarity, incisiveness and beauty are a constant delight.
(Penguin Guide)
Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Handel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)

Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Händel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x420) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 175 min | 7.55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese | Recorded: 1988

The work is an extraordinary curiosity; a child of the heady days just before the French Revolution, Tarare is the famous French writer's only opera and one of the Italian composer's rare French scores. First and most strikingly a work of social and political commentary, Tarare is also an entertaining work of theatre. Salieri's music supports these aims admirably and offers a few memorable moments of its own. As an opera form, Tarare defies easy categorization; it may be best described as a comedic satire dressed in the clothes of a sprawling 5 act lyric tragedy, complete with Prologue and a grand divertissement with dance.
Zefiro Baroque Orchestra, Alfredo Bernardini - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, Concerti a due cori (2008) (Repost)

Zefiro Baroque Orchestra, Alfredo Bernardini - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, Concerti a due cori (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 68:53 | 368 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Amadeus | Catalog: AM 221-2

Despite the use of period instruments, including some fine blaring natural horns, this couldn't be called a historically informed performance of Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351. The work was not composed for a pleasant onboard afternoon musicale like the Water Music, but instead was part of an event that would have been one of the top items on CNN Headline News for 1749: the celebration of the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, brokered by King George II.

Marc Minkowski - Handel: Messiah (2001)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Dec. 13, 2017
Marc Minkowski - Handel: Messiah (2001)

Marc Minkowski - Handel: Messiah (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 123:12 | 598 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 00028947134121

Marc Minkowski has led numerous outstanding Handel recordings, but he's up against stiff competition in Messiah. There are plenty of outstanding ones to suit all tastes, from Colin Davis's traditional performance on Philips to those of early-music specialists such as Hogwood, Suzuki, Christophers, and Pinnock. Minkowski is wildly original, and his version is unlike any other; it will intrigue some and anger many.
Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston, The English Concert - Handel: Coronation Anthems, Concerti A Due Cori (1995)

Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston, Choir of Westminster Abbey, The English Concert - Handel: Coronation Anthems, Concerti A Due Cori (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 72:27 | 392 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 0289 447 2802 6

This disc brings together recordings made in the 1980's as part of a reduction of three original discs down to two. At the same time, the original fine recordings have been remastered to good effect with added depth and space. This makes a particularly important improvement to the Coronation Anthems which previously came over as sonically lacking ideal breadth, depth and recorded weight in Zadok. The ears adjusted after that.
Andreas Scholl, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh - Handel: Solomon (1999)

Andreas Scholl, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh - Handel: Solomon (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:37:19 | 763 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 0289 459 6882 7

It's been conventional wisdom for several generations that Solomon, great oratorio though it may be, contains a lot of deadwood; conductors have regularly cut some items and changed the order of others. (Even John Eliot Gardiner's excellent recording cuts about 30 minutes of music.) Leave it to Paul McCreesh to give us the complete score–and demonstrate that Handel's original structure makes plenty of sense and that every number is worthwhile.
René Jacobs & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011) [Official Digital Download]

René Jacobs & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin - Handel: Agrippina (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 202:39 minutes | 1.98 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After his acclaimed explorations of such Handel operas as Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, René Jacobs now tackles the first great operatic success of the ‘caro Sassone’ (Venice, 1710), the climax of his Italian period. This version reconstructs the work in its original conception, the only one to combine explosive topicality with extreme dramatic cogency. As a result, this tale of amorous intrigues against a background of Roman history, the ‘prequel’ to Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, emerges more fascinating than ever.
Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)

Rudolph Palmer, Brewer Chamber Orchestra - Handel: Deidamia (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 790 Mb | Total time: 60:53+66:21+53:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | # TROY 460 | Recorded: 2001

Here we have the first recording of Handel's final Italian opera with a period instrument orchestra, chorus and a superb American cast. Deidamia was Handel's last opera. He began work on it in October, 1740, at the same time he was completing its companion work, Imeneo, which he had begun two years earlier. On November 8, Handel presented his London winter season - with some new works, some revivals - and for this purpose had engaged the Theatre Royal at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Opening night saw a semi-staged version of the serenata Il Parnasso in festa; later in the month came the premiere of Imeneo. Despite a superb score and fine cast, the production was a failure and was offered only once again in early December. The fact is that opera - Italian opera - was passe in London by this time. The public had turned to other musical delights - stage works in English of a more frivolous nature than Handel's offerings.
Philippe Jaroussky - The Handel Album (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Philippe Jaroussky - The Handel Album (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:45 minutes | 1.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

„Recording an album entirely devoted to Händel is an unmissable opportunity for any singer who loves Baroque music, but especially for a countertenor. In fact the sheer choice of arias, each more wonderful than the one before, is staggering, but does mean that every singer can find the numbers best suited to his or her voice and personality.