Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)

Steven Isserlis, Richard Egarr - Gamba Sonatas: Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 349 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68045 | Time: 00:59:48

Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr here assemble all the viola da gamba sonatas written by three composers born in the propitious year of 1685: one each by Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, and three by JS Bach. Isserlis plays them on the gamba’s modern cousin, the cello, and the microphone loves his playing, picking up all the nuances and scampering asides from his soft-spoken instrument which can sometimes get lost in big concert halls. Egarr on harpsichord matches Isserlis’s eloquence and rambunctious energy all the way. The dreamy, airy slow movement of Bach’s Sonata in G minor brings telling use of vibrato as Isserlis circles around Egarr, his playing at once idiomatic and soulful. An extra cellist reinforces the bass line in the Handel and Scarlatti, in which the composers give the harpsichordist only a framework; Egarr’s imaginative realisations ensure that even when Scarlatti is at his most repetitive, he is never dull.
Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias (2017)

Robert Crowe & Il Furioso - Handel: The Complete "Amen, Alleluia" Arias
Classical, Baroque Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 57:33 min | 246 MB
Label: Toccata Classics | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

Over a period of some twenty years, from the late 1720s, Handel composed a series of virtuoso arias using only thewords Allelujah and Amen as his texts. They were probably for use in private worship, and take their place in the tradition of Divine Song established by Purcell and other composers. Here they receive their first recordings, set in a context of contemporary sacred song and instrumental music, with theaccompaniment provided by the beguiling sound of two theorbos and chamber organ. They are heard here in the extraordinarily dramatic timbres of a male-soprano voice perhaps as close as modern listeners can come to the vocal acrobatics of the castrati who so amazed their own audiences.
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.

Sonya Yoncheva - Handel (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at May 16, 2017
Sonya Yoncheva - Handel (2017)

Sonya Yoncheva - Handel
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, front cover | 63:41 min | 224 MB
Label: Sony Classical | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Opera

Sonya’s international career started in Paris, when she was elected by the eminent conductor William Christie into his academy for young singers, ‘JARDIN DES VOIX” in 2007, where she maintained a special focus the Early and Baroque repertoire. The participation paved the way for appearances at venues such as Glyndebourne, the Théâtre du Châtelet, and at The Proms in London.
Harmonic Brass - Handel, Bach & Jenkinsi: Highlights in Brass (2017)

Harmonic Brass - Handel, Bach & Jenkinsi: Highlights in Brass (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:08:39 | 158 MB
Label: Brass Works Munich | Release Year: 2017

Whoever has been to a Harmonic Brass concert knows what the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" means when writing about an ensemble that "…with its glamorous-virtuous way of performing is one of the best of its kind worldwide.
Julia Lezhneva, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Handel (2015)

Julia Lezhneva, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Handel (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:50 | 295 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 478 6766

The athletic Italian- (and Latin-) language arias of the young Handel, almost unknown to general audiences a few decades ago, have become almost a rite of passage for young sopranos, so it's no surprise to see the highly praised soprano Julia Lezhneva come along with a collection of them for her second solo album. It's an attractive set showing that Lezhneva knows how to play to her strengths. There are just enough of the big showpieces to prove that she can acquit herself fine in them (and indeed she has done the likes of Vivaldi very well in the past), but the majority of the program is devoted to displaying her rather uncanny silvery sound.
FestspielOrchester Göttingen & Laurence Cummings - Handel: Water Music (2017)

FestspielOrchester Göttingen & Laurence Cummings - Handel: Water Music
Classical, Orchestral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 62:59 min | 315 MB
Label: Accent | Tracks: 26 | Rls.date: 2017

Countless richly decorated boats following the freshly crowned King George I, and behind him, Georg Friedrich Händel with his 50 musicians and the royal household: on July 17, 1717, the first suite of Händel's famous ""Water Music"" was performed in the middle of the Thames. His majesty took such pleasure in the music of the famous Händel that he had it repeated three times, twice before and once after dinner, although every performance lasted an hour. The boats full of people who wanted to listen were not to be counted. Wassermusik is still one of Händel's most popular works. It is therefore not surprising that the Festival Orchestra Göttingen admitted it into its program for its 10th anniversary in 2016. Conductor Laurence Cummings followed this arrangement of the single movements, as can be gleaned from the recently discovered earliest sources.
Handel - Concerti Grossi Op.3 & 6 (Karl Richter) [1996/1971]

Handel - Concerti Grossi Op.3 & 6 (Karl Richter) [1996/1971]
Classical | ARCHIV Produktion 0289 453 2492 | TT: 66.31+66.27+64.22+59.51 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.31 Gb

Richter actually made a full set of recordings for Handel's Concerti Grossi. The Munich Bach Orchestra, who almost played exclusively for Richter, maintained its essential baroque flur throughout all the pieces, under the impeccable conducting of Richter. The different string sections played as if they were in a chorus, each minute part played in fully melodious and engaging manner, while the ensemble as a whole displayed all the required congeniality and harmoniousness essential of the baroque style. The rhythms are enlivened while contrasts striking, and you will seldom find Handel's works played in such grand style as did Richter and the Munich Bach Orchestra here. (Amazon.com)
Ensemble Zaïs, Paul Goussot - Rameau & Handel: Dom Bedos (2014)

Ensemble Zaïs, Paul Goussot - Rameau & Handel: Dom Bedos (2014)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 358 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 163 Mb (5% Rec.) | Covers +d.booklet included
Classical | Label: Paraty Productions, PARATY 714127 | 2014 | 01:08:22

Handel s concertos for organ and Rameau s concert harpsichord pieces figure among the most original works in the keyboard repertoire of the 18th century. The Dom Bedos organ is one of the rare French instruments from the 18th century equipped with a 32-foot manual organ stop, endowing the grand plein-jeu with an incredible depth. The process of re-working and adapting musical material was a very common practice and some of these harpsichord pieces en concert seem to suit the organ perfectly.

Handel - Siroe, Re di Persia (Andreas Spering) [2004]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at April 28, 2017
Handel - Siroe, Re di Persia (Andreas Spering) [2004]

Handel - Siroe, Ré di Persia (Andreas Spering) [2004]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi HMY2921826/27 | TT: 79.08+75.57 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 781 Mb

While it isn't Handel's most obscure opera (hum a few bars from Catone, anyone?), Siroe, Re di Persia is definitely on the margins. It's hard to say why exactly, although the unflatteringly edited Metastasio libretto (by Nicola Haym) is surely part of the reason; the character and conflict development of the original are largely missing from the version Handel set. But the music is Handel at his best, and let's face it: from the perspective of a modern listener, plot is not the main draw of opera seria. With that in mind, Harmonia Mundi's complete recording, with Andreas Spering and the Cappella Coloniensis, is an excellent first step toward giving Siroe wider exposure. It's well played, thoughtfully conducted, and it features an excellent trio of leading ladies.