Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Lauren Snouffer - Handel: Ottone, HWV 15 (2017) [24/96]

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Lauren Snouffer - Handel: Ottone, HWV 15 (2017) [24/96]

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Lauren Snouffer - Handel: Ottone, HWV 15 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 202:31 minutes | 3.65 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Handel’s Ottone, re di Germania is presented here in a new recording by Max Emanuel Cencic and a superb cast, under the baton of George Petrou with Il Pomo d’Oro.

Carlo Ipata - Handel: Catone, HWV A7 (2017)

Carlo Ipata - Handel: Catone, HWV A7 (2017)

Carlo Ipata - Handel: Catone, HWV A7 (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:05:11 | 290 MB
Label: Glossa | Release Year: 2017

By bringing Catone to disc, Carlo Ipata is celebrating the pasticcio, especially those curated by George Frederic Handel, as is the case wtih this new Glossa release. In a co-production involving the Fondazione Teatro di Pisa and the Handel Festpiele Halle, Ipata brings a further slant on Handel's oepratic career in London: whilst being busy with running the second Royal Academy of Music and writing his own operas, the composer was striving to present London audiences with selections from the best of recent Italian operas by other composers - all at the same time as giving his star singers the opportunity to show off early in the opera company's season. One result was Catone in 1732, with music by Leo, Hasse, Vivaldi, Vinci, Porpora as well as by Handel himself: company members included Senesino, Anna Maria Strada del Po and Antonio Montagnana.

Salzburger Bachchor - Handel: Messiah HWV 56 (2017)

Salzburger Bachchor - Handel: Messiah HWV 56 (2017)

Salzburger Bachchor - Handel: Messiah HWV 56
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 117:56 min | 613 MB
Label: Gramola Records | Tracks: 46 | Rls.date: 2017

The Messiah"" by George Frederic Handel counts among the most popular and formative oratorios. Starting in 1750, it has for decades been annually performed as conclusion to the oratorio season in London, oftentimes under the baton of Handel himself. The ""Messiah"" is, essentially, nothing other than a biography of Jesus told in metaphors and described with the immense dramatic power, passion and religious emphasis of Handel.

BBC Singers, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble & David Hill - Messiah, HWV 56 (Arr. for Wind Ensemble by Stian Aareskjold) (2018)

BBC Singers, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble & David Hill - Messiah, HWV 56 (Arr. for Wind Ensemble by Stian Aareskjold) (2018)

BBC Singers, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble & David Hill - Messiah, HWV 56 (Arr. for Wind Ensemble by Stian Aareskjold) (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 616 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 326 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:22:12
Classical, Opera | Label: Resonus Classics

The BBC Singers and conductor David Hill join with one of the world´s oldest continuously running orchestras, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble (NWE), to present this major new arrangement of George Frideric Handel’s most celebrated oratorio – Messiah HWV 56. Arranged for wind ensemble by NWE member Stian Aareskjold, this version here receives its world premiere recording with a stellar cast of soloists who bring this visionary re-scoring of this famous work vividly to life.

Handel - Messiah, HWV 56 (Andrew Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey) [2008]

Handel - Messiah, HWV 56 (Andrew Davis, Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey) [2008]

Handel - Messiah, HWV 56 (Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Battle, Quivar, Aler, Ramey) [2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 555 MB
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | TT: CD1:73’02; CD2:73’00

There are two English Davises, both conductors: Colin and Andrew–no relation. Colin recorded a landmark Messiah which is still available on Philips at budget price. This one is another matter entirely. Andrew Davis certainly knows this music, and he hits the big moments with gusto. But Messiah is more than big moments, and despite an excellent cast of soloists, there's too little involvement with the music (especially from Kathleen Battle) in the arias and more intimate moments to make this a clear recommendation. It's not bad, but the competition is just that much better. –David Hurwitz

Laurence Cummings & Festspiel Orchester Göttingen - Handel: Susanna, HWV 66 (Live) (2016)

Laurence Cummings & Festspiel Orchester Göttingen - Handel: Susanna, HWV 66 (Live) (2016)

Laurence Cummings & Festspiel Orchester Göttingen - Handel: Susanna, HWV 66 (Live) (2016)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 911 MB
Label: Accent | Tracks: 72 | Time: 183:40 min

After the patriotic victory oratorios , the oratorio 'Susanna' marks a turning point in Handel s composition. This Old Testament narrative is a popular motif in the domain of art history. Many a portrayal exists of the steadfast Susanna being watched unbeknownst to her by two lusting elders as she bathes. Likewise, the scene of the supposed adulteress appearing before the judges who sentence her to death inspired painters such as Rembrandt, Giorgione, Gentileschi and Corinth. In adopting this as his subject, Handel chose a heroine who is neither a queen nor a prophet.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 113:58 minutes | 3.66 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The transcendent glory of Handel's beloved classic Messiah is taken to new heights on Sir Andrew Davis’s majestic, must-hear rendition, recorded live in December 2015. Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra make use of all the colours available from the modern orchestra to underline the mood and meaning of the individual movements, sung here by an acclaimed cast of soloists. Without detracting from the innate power of the original, the conductor’s score calls for moments of drama, pathos and even, sometimes, whimsy.

Peter Neumann, Kolner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum - Handel: Brockes-Passion HWV 48 (2010)

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)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a (2018)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a (2018)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 414 Mb | Total time: 37:38+49:10 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0404 | Recorded: 2017

The award-winning Early Opera Company under the direction of founder Christian Curnyn celebrates the 300th anniversary of the premiere of one of Handel’s most sublime creations: Acis and Galatea.
This unique interpretation is performed as Handel himself specified in the manuscript: supported by fourteen period instruments, the outstanding cast of singers takes on the solo parts as well as the magnificent choruses. This is Handel writing at his highest levels of intimacy and intensity; the music superbly supports the libretto's evocative portrayal of the story, simultaneously restrained, economical, and deeply moving.

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Ed. W. Shaw) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Ed. W. Shaw) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Ed. W. Shaw) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 134:31 minutes | 2.40 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Of all English oratorios Handel’s Messiah has always been the most overwhelmingly popular. It is the least theatrical of his oratorios and the most purely sacred in its choice of subject matter. The vivid choral writing- there are more choruses in Messiah than in any other Handel oratorio- coupled with the expressive density of the solo arias, have ensured its status as one of the greatest choral masterpieces in the Western canon. Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Edward Polochick has attracted international attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. He is the founding Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore since 1987.

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Edward Polochick - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2018)

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Edward Polochick - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (2018)

Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Edward Polochick - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Ed. W. Shaw) (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 583 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 312 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:14:53
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Of all English oratorios Handel’s Messiah has always been the most overwhelmingly popular. It is the least theatrical of his oratorios and the most purely sacred in its choice of subject matter. The vivid choral writing- there are more choruses in Messiah than in any other Handel oratorio- coupled with the expressive density of the solo arias, have ensured its status as one of the greatest choral masterpieces in the Western canon. Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Edward Polochick has attracted international attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. He is the founding Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore since 1987. He is also in his 20th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. From 1979-1999 he was the Director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 he has been at the Peaboedy Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor.

David Hansen, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017)

David Hansen, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017)

David Hansen, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital Booklet | 01:57:08 | 292 MB
Label: PentaTone

Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel sparkle in this new release of Handel's forgotten masterpiece Parnasso in testa, recorded shortly before their hugely successful Netherlands premiere of the opera in November 2016. Handel’s sumptuous work from 1734 celebrates the marriage of Princess Anne and Prince William of Orange. It's packed with breathtaking arias, duets and choruses, all written with verve, drama and Handel’s sense of occasion. The renowned Baroque specialist Andrea Marcon gives it the attention it deserves with an outstanding vocal cast around his period-instrument group La Cetra.

Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 (2016)

Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 (2016)

Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 106:59 min | 634 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 34 | Rls.date: 2016

Both Acis and Galatea and the cantata Sarei troppo felice heard here represent decisive turning points in Handel's career. The Italian cantata came at the beginning of the one and half decades spent by Handel in the service of various patrons. Acis and Galatea marks the highpoint of this phase and therefore, like the cantata before it, clearly renders recognizable the musical means available to him in the private ensembles of his employers. Moreover, Acis and Galatea contains the musical and textual seeds of the English oratorio, which after 1742 completely supplanted opera compositions.

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017)

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017)

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 114:31 min | 593 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 46 | Rls.date: 2017

Why yet another Messiah? ‘I went through the different scores that exist and decided on the very interesting 1754 version, which features five soloists. You must remember that, when Handel arrived somewhere to perform his oratorio, he had soloists of varying standards available to him. So he quickly revised his score accordingly… All this is directly related to the reality of Handel’s situation as a concert promoter. In those days, to earn a living from his music, a composer absolutely had to get his works performed and make a profit on the evening.

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017) [24/88]

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017) [24/88]

Hervé Niquet, Concert Spirituel Chorus & Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (1754 Version) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 115:18 minutes | 1.96 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Why yet another Messiah? ‘I went through the different scores that exist and decided on the very interesting 1754 version, which features five soloists. You must remember that, when Handel arrived somewhere to perform his oratorio, he had soloists of varying standards available to him. So he quickly revised his score accordingly… All this is directly related to the reality of Handel’s situation as a concert promoter.

La Cetra Barockorchester, Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017) [24/96]

La Cetra Barockorchester, Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017) [24/96]

La Cetra Barockorchester, Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Marcon - Handel: Parnasso in festa, HWV 73 (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 116:40 minutes | 2.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel sparkle in this new release of Handel's forgotten masterpiece Parnasso in testa, recorded shortly before their hugely successful Netherlands premiere of the opera in November 2016.

Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - Handel: Serse, HWV 40 (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - Handel: Serse, HWV 40 (2009)

Nicholas McGegan, The Hanover Band & Chorus - Handel: Serse, HWV 40 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 816 Mb | Total time: 68:47+65:41+42:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697532062 | Recorded: 1997

Serse has been one of my favorite Handel operas since I first heard the old Priestman LP on Westminster (Maureen Forrester in the title role, Lucia Popp as Romilda). Despite its frequent raggedness and "harpsichord on speed" continuo, this was a thoroughly dramatic and engaging performance. I've waited for decades for a new Serse which could benefit from the new performance standards we take for granted in baroque opera today. I was strongly disposed to like this disc, since although I've found McGegan a bit uneven in the past, his more recent Handel efforts, particularly Radamisto, have been superb. I can't fault the singers or orchestra in this performance, but the dramatic spark that makes Serse so special seems to me to be missing. I went back and compared my old Priestman recording and was even more convinced that the definitive Serse is yet to come. It's surprising there haven't been more recordings, since this work has a lot of potential appeal, and is one of Handel's most accomplished pieces. Maybe I'm just too picky, but I'd love to see someone reissue the Priestman on CD– and while they are at it, his equally engaging Rodelinda (fortunately, there is better competition for the latter).

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a (2011)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a (2011)

Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company - Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 570 Mb | Total time: 137:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Wigmore Hall Live | # WHLive0042/2 | Recorded: 2010

Wigmore Hall Live kicks off New Year with an early music release. Handel s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno was the composer s first opera to feature the celebrated aria Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa (Avoid the thorn, pluck the rose). Recorded for Wigmore Hall Live in January 2010 by the Early Opera Company, one of Britain s leading early music ensembles, the group features contralto Hilary Summers in the traditional countertenor role of enlightenment, her voice specifically chosen for its depth and fullness of tone. Director and harpsichordist, Christian Curnyn, was determined to recreate as faithful a sound as possible to what audiences at the time would have heard, not only instrumentally but notably in relation to tempi: Everything in Handel comes back to the heartbeat rate, fifty per minute. Recently people have tended to go either very fast or make things very dragged out, but in my view that spoils it. Baroque music is all based on dance, which means a natural rhythm. Of course you should push the boundaries, but it should feel as though you re pushing against a natural membrane. There s an inner pulse in Handel which you can t ignore.

Tobias Horn - Handel: Oreste, HWV A 11 (2010)

Tobias Horn - Handel: Oreste, HWV A 11 (2010)

Tobias Horn - Handel: Oreste, HWV A 11 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 802 Mb | Total time: 79:12+78:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Animato | # ACD6123 | Recorded: 2010

Weltersteinspielung einer unbekannten Händel-Oper. Bei ANIMATO erscheint nun als Weltersteinspielung Händels selten gespielte Oper ORESTE, das den bekannten Iphigenie-Stoff vertont. Gezielt setzt das Ludwigsburger Label auf ein junges Instrumental-Ensemble unter der Leitung von Tobias Horn, der Besigheimer Bezirkskantor, Dirigent der Kantorei der Karlshöhe Ludwigsburg und international tätiger Konzertorganist ist. Seine Sänger besetzt er mit jungen Ensemblemitgliedern u.a. der Stuttgarter Staatsoper und des Opernstudios des Staatstheaters Stuttgart. Zum Beispiel die aufstrebende Mezzo-Sopranistin Cornelia Lanz, die jüngst in der Stuttgarter Fledermaus-Premiere zu erleben war, und hier auf berückende Weise die Titelpartie des Oreste singt. Der Bariton Kai Preußker gestaltet sehr beeindruckend den bösen König Toante.
"Mezzo Cornelia Lanz is outstanding in the title-role. "(…) the purely musical values are what." "Conductor Tobias Horn is no doubt responsible for the freshness of the playing." Matter most and those could hardly be more impressive. "
–Gramophone

George Frideric Handel - Collegium Cartusianum - Saul [HWV 53] (1998, MDG "Gold" # 332 0801-2) [RE-UP]

George Frideric Handel - Collegium Cartusianum - Saul [HWV 53] (1998, MDG "Gold" # 332 0801-2) [RE-UP]

George Frideric Handel - Saul [HWV 53] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 955 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 0801-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1998
Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Oratorio

…Against the competition, this new German recording rates very high. It is certainly superior to Harnoncourt's heavily cut and somewhat mannered Teldec reissue.