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Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]

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Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]

Handel - Agrippina (Nicholas McGegan) [1991]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907063.65 | TT: 72.22+70.53+62.38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 839 Mb

Agrippina (HWV 6) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. Composed for the 1709–10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani's libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an "anti-heroic satirical comedy", full of topical political allusions. Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani's political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI.

Handel - Partenope (Christian Curnyn) [2005]

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Handel - Partenope (Christian Curnyn) [2005]

Handel - Partenope (Christian Curnyn) [2005]
Classical | Chaconne CHAN 0719(3) | TT: 77.57+55.49+56.29 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 844 Mb

Partenope is mature Handel, and belongs in the top flight of his stage works. A comedy from 1730, which was first rejected as too frivolous by the Royal Academy of Music in London, the text had been set 20 years earlier by Caldara for an opera that had been a major influence on the young Handel. The tone is light and the action - all disguises and cross-dressing, with everyone ending up with the right partner - is swift moving; there are relatively few extended arias but a number of ensembles, as well as the obligatory sinfonia and march for the battle scene at the beginning of the second act. This performance under Christian Curnyn hits the right spot from the very start. There are no outstanding performances, but a whole collection of first-rate ones - Rosemary Joshua in the title role of the queen with so many admirers, Hilary Summers as the princess Rosmira, Kurt Streit as Emilio, the one prince who doesn't get the girl. (Andrew Clements)

VA - Vivarte Collection, Vol. 2 (2016) (60 CD Box Set) FLAC

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VA - Vivarte Collection, Vol. 2 (2016) (60 CD Box Set) FLAC

VA - Vivarte Collection, Vol. 2 (2016) (60 CD Box Set) FLAC
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | Covers included | 17 Gb
Genre: Classical, Baroque / Label: Sony Classical

The box contains a perfect overview of VIVARTE’s legendary catalogue of ancient music ranging from Vivaldi to Brahms. Most of the recordings received critical acclaim all over the world, many of them won prestigious awards and many are reference recordings.

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Rameau: Zais (2015)

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Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Rameau: Zais (2015)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset - Rameau: Zais (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:36:54 | 982 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Aparte | Catalog: AP 109

In 1745, the king granted Jean-Philippe Rameau the position of Composer du cabinet du roy, which came with a pension. This new period would see productions in a lighter vein, in collaboration with the librettist Louis de Cahusac, and some of the Burgundian musician's most important masterpieces. 'Zaïs', performed in 1748 on the stage of the Académie Royale de Musique, is one of them. This ballet-héroïque gave French music one of its finest works.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)

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Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Handel: Susanna (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:58:22 | 970 MB
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Harmonia Mundi France | Catalog: 907168

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Susanna. Oratorio. First performed 1749. Complete version including all the music that Handel later deleted. Performed by Lorraine Hunt and Jill Feldman, soprano, Drew Minter, countertenor, Jeffrey Thomas, tenor, David Thomas and William Parker, bass; the U.C. Berkely Chamber Choir; the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Recorded live in September, 1989, at the Hertz Hall at the University of California.

Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]

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Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]

Handel - Ottone (Nicholas McGegan) [1992]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi 907073.75 | TT: 70:44+64:07+54:56 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 854 Mb

With over 30 of Handel’s operas awaiting a first CD recording, it seems indecent luxury to find two splendid new recordings of Ottone, a work in the vanguard of the German Handel opera revival in the 1920s, but long since relegated to obscurity. Both benefit immensely by being based on stage performances, Nicholas McGegan’s from the Göttingen Handel Festival, of which he is artistic director, Robert King’s from a production that successfully toured the UK and Japan. Broadly speaking, McGegan’s reading is distinguished by a compelling sense of drama and a wonderful feeling for Handelian style, sometimes at the expense of tonal beauty; King’s is smoother, occasionally letting the dramatic impetus flag, but offering playing of consistent strength and fine shading. McGegan, however, fields the marginally more convincing team of singers, led by Drew Minter, whose pure bright tone, breathtaking coloratura and ardent delivery give pleasure at every hearing; Bowman, for King, sings with sensitivity but his mannered tone and technical limitations are serious drawbacks. Conversely, Dominique Visse, for King, with his inimitable reedy timbre and impeccable musicianship, is matchless as Ottone’s rival in kingship, Adelberto, fine as Ralf Popken is for McGegan. Of the female roles, Claron McFadden produces a stream of radiant tone as Teofane; but so does Lisa Saffer, who, in addition, offers a wider range of colour. Both sets are recommendable, but Minter’s charismatic performance, Saffer’s deeper perceptions and the inclusion of arias Handel wrote for later revivals tip the balance in favour of McGegan. Whatever your choice, it’s an opera not to be missed. (Antony Bye)

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Paul Goodwin) [2008]

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Handel - Riccardo Primo (Paul Goodwin) [2008]

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Paul Goodwin) [2008]
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697174212 | TT: 42.31+74.29+59.30 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 861 Mb

Rewritten with enhanced regal bravado for the coronation of George II, Handel's 1727 opera of Richard the Lionheart is a rarely heard but rewarding enterprise. Goodwin conducts a fervent Basel Chamber Orchestra in this new scholarly version, fully exploiting the dramatic twists of the King's quest to reclaim his abducted fiancée, Constanza. Amid much nice character-building from the decent cast, Nuria Rial enjoys Constanza's luxuriant lines, while Lawrence Zazzo revels as the Lionheart. Riccardo's Act III revenge aria is truly ominous, furiously driven by Goodwin and some innovative brass writing. (The Times)

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Christophe Rousset) [1996]

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Handel - Riccardo Primo (Christophe Rousset) [1996]

Handel - Riccardo Primo (Christophe Rousset) [1996]
Classical | DECCA 452 201-2 | TT: 73.48+56.05+67.16 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 914 Mb

"Rescue operas are not what one is used to associating with Handel, yet that, in a sense, is what this is. Costanza, a princess of Navarre, has been shipwrecked on Cyprus, where she now awaits the arrival of her betrothed, Richard the Lionheart (yes, the same). The island's tyrannical ruler, Isacio, fancies her for himself, however, and spends the entire opera trying to prevent the intended union from going ahead, first by sending Riccardo his daughter Pulcheria instead, and, when that has failed thanks to Pulcheria's brave entreaties, by imprisoning Costanza and declaring war. Only with his final defeat by Riccardo's army, aided by Pulcheria's own fiancé Oronte, do things finally turn out happily.

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Purcell: The Indian Queen (2015)

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The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Purcell: The Indian Queen (2015)

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers - Purcell: The Indian Queen (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 72:25 | 346 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Coro | Catalog: COR16129

The Indian Queen was one of Henry Purcell's final works and may in fact have been left unfinished at his death. Defining the state of the text is complicated by the fact that the work is a so-called semi-opera, a defunct form that mixed spoken dialogue, singing, and dance; the function of the surviving music isn't always totally clear. For those reasons, the work hasn't often been recorded. Many of the individual numbers are splendid examples of Purcell's style, with his sparkling ensemble dances and exuberantly rhythmic major-key tunes that seem to shake off dour minor introductory sections.

Hervé Niquet, Les Dames de St Jean - François d'Agincour: Pièces d'Orgue (2001)

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Hervé Niquet, Les Dames de St Jean - François d'Agincour: Pièces d'Orgue (2001)

Hervé Niquet, Les Dames de St Jean - François d'Agincour: Pièces d'Orgue (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:43 | 365 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog: GCD 921701

Hervé Niquet – ici sans son ensemble Le Concert spirituel – réserve aux discophiles curieux une nouvelle découverte musicale, en la personne de François d'Agincourt. Mais qui était donc ce Monsieur d'Agincourt, dont on ne retrouve guère de notices biographiques dans la plupart des encyclopédies dédiées à la musique ? Né en 1684, mort en 1758, il fut la gloire artistique de la ville de Rouen où il tint les orgues de la cathédrale rien moins que cinquante ans, fonctions accaparantes qu'il cumula néanmoins avec celles d'organiste de l'abbaye royale de Saint-Ouen, puis de Saint-Jean de Rouen, tout en étant l'un des musiciens officiels du roi. Sur les grandes et belles orgues Tribuot, Hervé Niquet ressuscite un pan inconnu de notre patrimoine artistique, avec ces Dames de Saint-Jean, auxquelles il insuffle une vitalité et une profondeur de bon aloi.

Bach - Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (Wolfgang Gluxam) [2001]

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Bach - Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (Wolfgang Gluxam) [2001]

Bach - Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (Wolfgang Gluxam) [2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 492.32 MB
Classical | Label: ORF | Catalog Number: CD270 | TT: 77’35

Die Goldberg-Variationen sind ein Höhepunkt barocker Variationskunst. Jeder Einzelsatz besitzt seinen ganz eigenen Charakter. Der Zusammenhang der Variationen untereinander ergibt sich durch das gemeinsame Bassthema und durch einen planvollen Gesamtaufbau des Werkes mit regelmäßig eingefügten, in den Oberstimmen streng kanonischen Sätzen.

Jordi Savall - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9920}

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Jordi Savall - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9920}

Jordi Savall - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9920}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 691 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 304 Mb | Artwork | 5% repair rar
© 2017 Alia Vox | AVSA9920
Classical / World Music / Traditional / Vocal Music / Reneissance / Baroque

A homage to the memory of victims of the slave trade. This new multicultural project from Jordi Savall and his musicians on The Routes of Slavery (1444-1888) marks a world first in the history of music and of the three continents involved in the trade in African slaves and their exploitation in the New World, which are brought together through the early music of the colonial period, the musical traditions of Mali and the oral traditions of the descendants of slaves in Madagascar, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. This 'Musical Memoir' is accompanied with historical texts on slavery, beginning with the early chronicles of 1444 and concluding with texts written by the Nobel Peace Prize-winner Martin Luther King shortly before his assassination in 1968.

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Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]

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Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]

Handel - Radamisto (Alan Curtis) [2005]
Classical | Virgin 7243 5 45673 2 | TT: 61.01+65.25+50.36 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 760 Mb

Joyce Di Donato and Maite Beaumont are outstanding as the devoted couple tormented by Tiridate’s abuse of power. Their flexible and agile voices are ideally displayed in the opening scenes of Act 2 – Beaumont’s sublime ‘Quando mai’ followed by Di Donato’s powerful ‘Ombra cara’. Patrizia Ciofi is suited to the moods of the Tiridate’s long-suffering wife. Dominique Labelle is the most rounded and ideally equipped Handel soprano in the cast: the music effortlessly trips off her tongue in ‘Mirerò quel vago volto’… Alan Curtis directs with superb pace and judgement. He is a successful advocate for Handel’s first version of Radamisto, although in Act 3 he uses two pieces from the second version for dramatic reasons. I wonder how Polissena’s original climactic aria ‘Sposo ingrato’ might sound instead of the exclamatory ‘Barbiro, partirò’, but I cannot fault Curtis’s decision to opt for the more dynamic later aria. Il Complesso Barocco play neatly and sympathetically support the singers. The orchestra avoids forcing rhetorical effects too much but I wish it had mined the textural richness in Handel’s score a little deeper. However, this enjoyable performance lacks nothing essential in theatrical impact and musical drive. (David Vickers, Gramophone)

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009) (Repost)

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Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009) (Repost)

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis - Handel: Alcina (2009)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 03:23:15 | 1,01 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | Catalog: 4777374

Alan Curtis, lauded by Opera as one of our finest conductors of Baroque opera, illumines Handel s masterpiece, Alcina, by casting, as heroine, the brilliant Joyce DiDonato. Since Alcina is historically dared by virtuosic sopranos like Sutherland and Battle, this innovative recording with a mezzo is a must-have not just for Alcina freaks but all who adore sensational vocalism. As Handel did in his time, Curtis arrays our era s finest Baroque singers such as Maite Beaumont and Karina Gauvin in supporting roles around his star. With this electrifying Alcina, first ever studio recording of the rarely heard Ezio and Rolando Villazón s new album, Handel Year 2009 is being exceptionally well feted by Deutsche Grammophon.

Johann Bernhard Bach - Ouvertures - L'Achéron, François Joubert-Caillet (2016) {Ricercar Official Digital Download RIC 373}

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Johann Bernhard Bach - Ouvertures - L'Achéron, François Joubert-Caillet (2016) {Ricercar Official Digital Download RIC 373}

Johann Bernhard Bach - Ouvertures - L'Achéron, François Joubert-Caillet (2016) {Ricercar Official Digital Download RIC 373}
FLAC (tracks) - 16bit/44kHz - Official Digital Download (qobuz.com) -> 403 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 181 Mb
Full Artwork (pdf+jpg) -> 19 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Ricercar / Outhere Music | RIC 373
Classical / Baroque / Orchestral

Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749) is a somewhat ill-known member of the family, but known by his first cousin once removed, Johann Sebastian. A disciple of Pachelbel, he was in the service of the court of Eisenach and left us only instrumental music. His four Ouvertures for orchestra constitute the obvious link between French music of the Grand Siècle and the compositions that Johann Sebastian would write in Weimar and Cöthen. A missing link to be (re) discovered.