Handel Archive

Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute – Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra/ Sir Dan Godfrey – Pristine Classical 

Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute – Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra/ Sir Dan Godfrey – Pristine Classical 

For Godfrey’s 150th anniversary, Mark Obert-Thorn supplies us a generous bounty of classic recordings, immaculate in their restored sound. Sir Dan Godfrey: A Sesquicentennial Salute = MOZART: Syphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 555 “Jupiter”; HANDEL: Largo from Xerxes; MEYERBEER: Coronation March from Le Prophete; WAGNER: Homage March; GERMAN: Three Dances from Henry VIII: […]

The Music Treasury, 11 March 2018

The Music Treasury, 11 March 2018

The theme for this week’s show of The Music Treasury is  the Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.  His works span a range of large orchestral works, opera, and the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.  Mackerras was regarded as an authority on the operas of Janáček and Mozart.  He was the conductor at several several opera houses […]

HANDEL: Concerti a Due Cori – Freiburger Barockorchester/ Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Muellejans – Harmonia mundi 

HANDEL: Concerti a Due Cori – Freiburger Barockorchester/ Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Muellejans – Harmonia mundi 

The aural delights abound in Handel’s settings for duo-wind choirs, rendered expertly by the Freiburg ensemble.  HANDEL: Concerti a Due Cori = F Major, HWV 334; B-flat Major, HWV 332; F Major, HWV 333 – Freiburger Barockorchester/ Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Muellejans – Harmonia mundi HMM 905272, 48:54 (2/9/18) ****: Handel had a […]

Amit Peled: The Peabody Cello Gang = Works by SCHUBERT; POPPER; HANDEL – Amit Peled, cello/ The Peabody Cello Gang/ Andrea Casarrubios, cello/ Eli Kalman and Hui-Chuan Chen, pianos – CTM 

Amit Peled: The Peabody Cello Gang = Works by SCHUBERT; POPPER; HANDEL – Amit Peled, cello/ The Peabody Cello Gang/ Andrea Casarrubios, cello/ Eli Kalman and Hui-Chuan Chen, pianos – CTM 

Amit Peled and his students engage us in music of Schubert, Popper, and Handel. Amit Peled: The Peabody Cello Gang = SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata in a minor, D. 821; POPPER: Requiem, OP. 66; HANDEL: Sonata for 2 Cellos in g minor, Op. 2, No. 8 – Amit Peled, cello/ The Peabody Cello Gang/ Andrea Casarrubios, […]

Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas — Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Miroslava Panayotova, piano — Con Brio

Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas — Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Miroslava Panayotova, piano — Con Brio

Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas — Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Miroslava Panayotova, piano — Con Brio Recordings CBR21751, 80:00, **: Modern rendering of Baroque Chamber Music:  well performed, but… Baroque performance practice might be described as a number of things; a style, an anthropology, a philosophy, or even a set of rules. Since the late 1960s, there […]

Streams and Podcasts for 5 November 2017

Streams and Podcasts for 5 November 2017

Szymon Goldberg had a long and multi-faceted career as violinist, conductor, teacher… a life touching every decade of the 1900s.  He was distinguished as a concertizing soloist for many years, as well as being a concertmaster for the Berlin Philharmonic under Furtwangler, whilst concurrently playing in string trios and quartets.  He was an active conductor […]

Streams and Podcasts for 15 October 2017

This week, The Music Treasury presents the noted conductor Klaus Tennstedt.   Tennstedt was a gifted conductor, who spent over half his career in East Germany.  Although he was not well known in the west until his late 40s, he became quite the conductor in demand after his debut concerts in North America. Featured will […]

Handel Goes Wild – L’Arpeggiata, dir. Christina Pluhar — Erato

Handel Goes Wild – L’Arpeggiata, dir. Christina Pluhar — Erato

Handel Goes Wild – L’Arpeggiata, dir. Christina Pluhar — Erato 019295811693, 75:33, **** (9/30/17) (Valer Sabaus, countertenor, Nuria Rial, soprano, Gianluigi Trovesi, clarinet, Boris Schmidt, double bass, Francesco Turrisi, piano, Dorn David Sherwin, cornetto) Soon I will be at Carnegie Hall to see L’Arpeggiata again. “What kind of group is that?” a friend asked. That’s […]

Mordecai Shehori: The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 12 = Works by HANDEL; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN;  SCHUBERT; LISZT – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour 

Mordecai Shehori: The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 12 = Works by HANDEL; BEETHOVEN; CHOPIN;  SCHUBERT; LISZT – Mordecai Shehori, piano – Cembal d’amour 

Mordecai Shehori: The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 12 = HANDEL: Chaconne in G Major, G. 229; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 17 in d minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “The Tempest”; CHOPIN: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60; Polonaise in f-sharp minor, Op. 44; SCHUBERT (arr. Liszt): Staendchen; LISZT: Legend No. 2 “Saint Francis of […]

HANDEL: Susanna – Göttingen Festival Orch./ NDR Choir, Laurence Cummings – Accent

HANDEL: Susanna – Göttingen Festival Orch./ NDR Choir, Laurence Cummings – Accent

HANDEL: Susanna (complete oratorio) – Emily Fons (Susanna)/ Christopher Lowrey (Joacim)/ Colin Balzer (1st Elder)/ Raimund Nolte (2nd Elder)/ Ciara Hendrick (Daniel)/ Göttingen Festival Orchestra/ NDR Choir, Laurence Cummings – Accent ACC26406 (3 CDs), 184:00 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: New recordings, especially as fine as this one, are always welcome. But Hunt still rules […]

Audio News for March 28, 2017

Denon S Series AV Receivers for Home Theater –  Denon will have a new series of AVRs for from $279 to $579 next month.  The idea is to make home theater easier now. The entry level AVR has 4K with HDR compatibility, Bluetooth streaming, and 140 watt per channel. The top of the line includes […]

Bruno Walter Rarities, Vol. 2 = Works of BERLIOZ, HANDEL, WAGNER, MOZART, WEBER – Pristine Audio

Bruno Walter Rarities, Vol. 2 = Works of BERLIOZ, HANDEL, WAGNER, MOZART, WEBER – Pristine Audio

Mark Obert-Thorn adds more rare Bruno Walter recordings to supplement his three earlier installments.   Bruno Walter Rarities, Vol. 2 = BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; HANDEL: Concerto Grosso in b, Op. 6, No. 12; WAGNER: Parsifal: Act I Transformation Music; A Siegfried Idyll; MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 – Overture; Serenade No. […]

BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte

BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte

BROSCHI, PORPORA & HANDEL: “Farinelli – A Portrait – Live in Bergen” – Anne Hallenberg/ Les Talens Lyriques/ Christophe Rousset – Aparte 117, 79:40 (2/17/17) ****: Most famous arias of the legendary castrato Farinelli sung by fine mezzo-soprano with two Handel arias as encores. Carlo Broschi, known to posterity as Farinelli, was a late and certainly […]

CHARLES AVISON: Concerti After Scarlatti – Accademia Mandolinistica Pugliese – Digressione Music

CHARLES AVISON: Concerti After Scarlatti – Accademia Mandolinistica Pugliese – Digressione Music

CHARLES AVISON: Concerti After Scarlatti – Accademia Mandolinistica Pugliese – Digressione Music DCTT63, 75:05 [Distr. by Naxos] (10/28/16) ***½: (Leonardo Lospalutti, director/ Mauro Squillante; 1rst mandolin / Gaetano Ariani; 2nd mandolin / Valerio Fusillo; mandolo / Antonio Barracchia; mandocello) Charles Avison’s Scarlatti Concerti treated to an all-mandolin extravaganza. One might imagine that, when Domenico Scarlatti […]

“Trumpet Combinations” = Works of GARDNER, JELICH, FRANCESCINI, PINO, HANDLE, BLACHER, BUSSER & TOTH – baritone/brass trio/ pipe organ – MD&G

“Trumpet Combinations” = Works of GARDNER, JELICH, FRANCESCINI, PINO, HANDLE, BLACHER, BUSSER & TOTH – baritone/brass trio/ pipe organ – MD&G

“Trumpet Combinations” = JOHN GARDNER: Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op. 136; VINCENT JELICH: Ricercare; PETRONIO FRANCESCINI: Sonata in D; J.S. BACH: Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren; ANTONIO PINO: Laudate pueri Dominum; HANDEL: The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from “Solomon”; HANDEL: Revenge, Timotheus Cries from “Alexander’s Feast”; BORIS […]

Erik Then-Bergh – The Complete Electrola and Deutsche Grammophone Recordings, 1938-1958 = Works of HANDEL, BEETHOVEN, BACH, SCHUMANN, CHOPIN & REGER – APR (2-CDs)

Erik Then-Bergh – The Complete Electrola and Deutsche Grammophone Recordings, 1938-1958 = Works of HANDEL, BEETHOVEN, BACH, SCHUMANN, CHOPIN & REGER – APR (2-CDs)

Mark Obert-Thorn and Appian Records restore Erik Then-Bergh to prominence. 
Erik Then-Bergh – The Complete Electrola and Deutsche Grammophone Recordings, 1938-1958 = HANDEL: Suite No. 4 in e minor; BACH (arr. BUSONI): Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d, BWV 1004; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101; Bagatelles, Op. 33: Nos. […]

“Encores: BACH, HANDEL, TELEMANN, MOZART” – Polish Ch. Orch. /Jerzy Maksymiuk – MD&G

“Encores: BACH, HANDEL, TELEMANN, MOZART” – Polish Ch. Orch. /Jerzy Maksymiuk – MD&G

“Encores: BACH, HANDEL, TELEMANN, MOZART” – Polish Chamber Orchestra /Jerzy Maksymiuk – MD&G 3210181-2, 50:01  [Dist. by E1] (9/30/16) ***: Some of this CD makes a good demo. B01IG479L4 Just making it onto the US market, this MD&G from 1984 features the great Polish Chamber Orchestra under its legendary conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk in early digital sound […]

HANDEL: Piano Concertos – Matthias Kirschnereit, p./ Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/ Lavard Skou Larsen – CPO

HANDEL: Piano Concertos – Matthias Kirschnereit, p./ Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/ Lavard Skou Larsen – CPO

HANDEL: Piano Concertos, Op. 7 – Matthias Kirschnereit, piano/ Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/ Lavard Skou Larsen – CPO multichannel SACD 777855-2; 75:02 (8-12-16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****:  A wonderful surround recording of the Op. 7 piano concertos of Handel. In 2013, Matthias Kirschnereit recorded Handel’s Six Organ Concertos Op.  4 on piano, backed by the Deutsche Kammerakademie […]

HANDEL: Giulio Cesare (complete opera) (2016)

HANDEL: Giulio Cesare (complete opera) (2016)

May the good Lord spare us from these kinds of inanities. HANDEL: Giulio Cesare (complete opera) (2016) Performers: Cecilia Bartoli (Cleopatra)/ Andreas Scholl (Cesare)/ Philippe Jaroussky (Sesto)/ Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia)/ Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo)/ Ruben Drole (Achilla)/ Jochen Kowalski (Nireno)/ Peter Kálmán (Curio)/ Il Giardino Armonico/ Giovanni Antonini Directors: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier Studio: […]