Handel Saul [jacobs, Concerto Köln]

Graun - Cleopatra e Cesare (René Jacobs, Concerto Köln) [1996]

Graun - Cleopatra e Cesare (Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln) [1996]
Classical | EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 937.02 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog Number: 901561.63 | TT: CD1:79:01; CD2:57:12; CD3:62:14

Carl Heinrich Graun was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia, and this opera was chosen to open the new opera house in Berlin in 1742. It was a great success, but Handel's opera on the same subject had appeared less than two decades before, and had anyone been familiar with that one, Graun's might have come as a disappointment. Handel gets under his characters' skins–Cleopatra's eight arias tell us everything we have to know about her, for instance–while Graun (merely) offers some beautiful, well-orchestrated, at-times exciting music. Any composer would have been proud to compose Cesare's heart-stoppingly vengeful last-act aria "Voglio strage", and any Read more mezzo (or castrato or countertenor) would be happy to sing it. Here, Iris Vermillion is spectacular, and elsewhere in the opera she's as heroic, romantic, and colorful as our hero ought to be… Robert Levine
G.F. Händel - Saul - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln (HM 2005) 2 CDs

George Friedrich Händel - Saul | 2005 | Classical, Opera
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 734 MB

“The most dramatic of oratorios. Although oratorios are not intended to be staged, Handel’s Saul is something of an exception – for one thing, it contains extremely precise stage directions which were printed in the wordbooks distributed at performances. Hence audiences at the first English oratorios could construct a form of mental theatre, aided by Handel’s dazzling musical depiction of the action: as we listen, we can see Goliath’s gigantic strides, the course of the Jordan, or Saul throwing his javelin.” – Harmonia Mundi.com
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Cosí Fan Tutte [HMC901663.65] Gens, Fink, Güra, Boone, René Jacobs & Concerto Köln

Cosí Fan Tutte [HMC901663.65] Gens, Fink, Güra, Boone, René Jacobs & Concerto Köln
Classical, Opera | EAC APE+CUE | 4CD/1.13GB | RS.com

Amazon.com's Best of 1999
Too long considered an erotic trifle, this masterpiece of psychological insight is on a par with Shakespeare's bittersweet comedies. The keen, witty direction of René Jacobs brings us a magnificently bracing, but never fussy, period-instrument interpretation. And the bonus CD-ROM allows you to explore the context and character of Mozart's opera in fascinating detail
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G.F. Händel - Rinaldo - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln (HM 2003) 3 CDs

George Friedrich Händel - Rinaldo | 2003 | Classical, Opera
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 777 MB

'“Based on Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberate, this Italian opera, the first that Handel wrote for London audiences, immediately enjoyed great success. It is true that it had all the necessary crowd-pleasing ingredients: the attraction of novelty and the surprising exoticism that the music expresses through its richly colourful orchestration. ” – Harmonia Mundi.com
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G.F. Händel - Giulio Cesare - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln (HM 1991)

G.F. Händel - Giulio Cesare | 1991 | Classical, Opera
Classical/Opera | EAC (APE+CUE+LOG)+SCANS | 4CD/1.04GB | RS.Com

"Jennifer Larmore's Caesar is a triumph, magnificently assertive in her many heroic arias, but yieldingly tender in the face of Cleopatra's charms. Even Jacobs's very fast tempo for the famous 'Allampo' is justified by Larmore's ability to articulate every semi-quaver. Bernarda Fink's rich contralto brings tragic intensity to the role of the widowed Cornelia, whilst Derek Lee Ragin is a suitably blustering Ptolemy, singing the despot's often angular lines with commendable accuracy… This recording is obligatory to all Handelians." –CD Review
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W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro - René Jacobs & Concerto Köln - 3 CDs

W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro | 2005 | Genre: Classical, Opera
APE 1411 kbps | 44100 HZ Stereo | 732 MB

Best Opera recording 2005
47'th Annual Grammy Award Winner
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Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater (2017)

Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:39 min | 367 MB
Label: Carus | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Johann Simon Mayr, born in Upper Bavaria, left a legacy of sixty operas and more than six hundred sacred and chamber music compositions. In the early 18th century, this extremely productive composer was one of the most successful opera composers in Northern Italy and his works were played all over Europe. It is all the more remarkable that he is practically unknown today. The quality of the music cannot be the reason, as is proved by the present recording of the Mass in C minor and the Stabat Mater. Excellent soloists, the Orpheus Vokalensemble and Concerto Köln under the baton of Florian Helgath do justice to the music.
Julia Lezhneva, Concerto Köln & Mikhail Antonenko - Graun: Opera Arias (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julia Lezhneva, Concerto Köln & Mikhail Antonenko - Graun: Opera Arias (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:06 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Julia Lezhneva presents 11 World Premiere Recordings in her new album of Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759), one of the most important German composers of Italian baroque opera but almost unknown today.
Concerto Köln - Sinfonias espanolas: Arriaga, Pons, Moreno, Nono (1993)

Concerto Köln - Sinfonias espanolas: Arriaga, Pons, Moreno, Nono (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:43 | 287 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | Catalog: 10488

Two of the works on this CD follow the 4 movement Classical era format while the other two show the decided influence of the Italian overture. The Spanish royal court and wealthy noblemen imported a generation of Italian musicians including Domenico Scalatti, Gaetano Brunetti and Luigi Bocherini. These composers inspired the local talent, and this disc highlights the results.
Cavalli - Ercole Amante (Ivor Bolton, Concerto Köln) [2010]

Cavalli - Ercole Amante (Ivor Bolton, Concerto Koln) [2010]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.39 Gb + 7.77 Gb (2*DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opuc Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Nederlands | +3% Recovery | 261 min

This hilarious contemporary version of Francesco Cavalli’s baroque opera Hercules in Love was commissioned on occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The original production took two years to complete and was at the time the greatest show ever performed in Europe…