Handel Belshazzar Christie

Joshua, Hulcup, Davies, Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Belshazzar (2013)

Joshua, Hulcup, Davies, Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Belshazzar (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 3 CDs | Full Scans | 880 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Les Arts Florissants | Catalog Number: 001

A brand-new label from one of the world's finest early music ensembles makes an auspicious debut with this stunning new recording of Handel's oratorio Belshazzar. Les Arts Florissants, led by the great William Christie, have launched their new label with the goal of expanding the ensemble's connection to the listening public on a scale far beyond the concert hall. Belshazzar was first performed in 1745, and was frequently revised. Christie has chosen what he considers to be the most successful of the various versions of Belshazzar, resulting in the restoration of the piece in all its splendor. The libretto's subject, which focuses on the decline of a once glorious society and the ephemeral nature of Empire, is especially relevant today. This deluxe set also includes a bonus essay by Jean Echenoz entitled In Babylon, printed separately on special paper and included alongside the regular booklet. This specially commissioned work draws the reader deep into the ancient, majestic city, the seat of power of Belshazzar the King.

Handel - Belshazzar (Rene Jacobs) (2011)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 12, 2016
Handel - Belshazzar (Rene Jacobs) (2011)

Handel - Belshazzar (René Jacobs) (2011)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24997 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 37,2 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3899 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 (16:9) / 2762 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 4,90 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: English, French, German

Handel's Belshazzar at the Aix Festival was imported from the Staatsoper Berlin. Berlin had built a huge, magnificent production and imported English and American opera singers, including star-turn countertenor Bejun Mehta. Add to this a superb local Baroque instrumental ensemble and an accomplished vocal ensemble, not to mention the world-renowned early music conductor, René Jacobs: and voilà, an operatic hit.

George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)  

Posted by luckburz at July 7, 2012
George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)

George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 1,06 GB | MP3 CBR 320: 404 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info + Rev-part
Label/Cat#: MDG 332 1079-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2001 | Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Oratorio

From bar one, I felt an assurance and naturalness about the rhythms, a clarity and tonal richness in the orchestral and vocal texture, a stylishness of phrasing and embellishment, and a sheer zest and power of dramatic presentation that add up to a totally convincing and gripping whole. […] Neumann and his team have excelled themselves, and so has Handel, and anyone who thinks 18th-century music wanting in musico-dramatic force is urged to acquire this magnificent set without delay.

Handel - Belshazzar (Trevor Pinnock)  

Posted by ArlegZ at Feb. 26, 2011
Handel - Belshazzar (Trevor Pinnock)

Handel - Belshazzar (Trevor Pinnock)
Classical | EAC | Flac(Image)+Cue, Logs, Scans | 792.84 MB
CD1: 57.18, CD2: 52.43, CD3: 61.30 | June 15, 2004 | Archiv Prod Import

This 3CD set of George Frederic Handel's (1685-1759) "Belshazzar", from Archiv Production, a division of Universal Music, is proof again that transfer from vinyl to tape to disc brings with it improvements in listening that make the purchase a worthwhile addition to anyone's listening library. Written in 1744, "Belshazzar" is an oratorio in the operatic style that is wonderful oratorio, but lacking the true depth one expects to hear in an opera. London opera audiences of Handel's day agreed, as both "Belshazzar" and Handel's other offering of the period in the same style, "Hercules", were not terribly successful. Instead of the scheduled 24 performances only 16 were given and Handel never offered a full season of oratorio again. The Libretto by Charles Jennens (1700-1773) is, as the production notes say, meant "not only to show the fall of Babylon but to show it as a fulfillment of divine prediction and to confirm the biblical testimony by reference to classical history."

Handel - Alcina (Christie)  

Posted by ArlegZ at Nov. 2, 2010
Handel - Alcina (Christie)

Handel - Alcina (Les Arts Florissants, Christie W)
Classical | EAC | APE, CUE, LOG | Scans | 759,78 MB
Fleming, Graham, Dessay, Kuhlmann, Robinson, Naouri, Lascarro, | Released: 2000 | Label: Erato

Here it is: one of the year's most hotly anticipated opera recordings, made during an acclaimed live production in June 1999 at the Paris Opera, which more than lives up to the promise. Handel's operas–the center of his creative life before oratorios became the focus–have spent far too long in limbo awaiting rediscovery, which slowly started happening in the late '60s with works such as Giulio Cesare. But whether Handelian opera is still a novelty or you're already a rabid convert, this emotionally resonant, crisply played, superbly cast interpretation under William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is likely to shake up some of your ideas about the composer. On the surface, Alcina's Ariosto-based story about a sorceress whose spell is finally broken seems like the typically absurd fare of baroque opera. –Thomas May
George Frideric Handel - Collegium Cartusianum - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (2001, MDG "Gold" # 332 1079-2) [RE-UP]

George Frideric Handel - Belshazzar [HWV 61] (3xCD)
Kölner Kammerchor / Collegium Cartusianum / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 1,06 GB | MP3 CBR 320: 404 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 1079-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2001
Genre: Classical | Hoster: Style: Baroque, Oratorio

From bar one, I felt an assurance and naturalness about the rhythms, a clarity and tonal richness in the orchestral and vocal texture, a stylishness of phrasing and embellishment, and a sheer zest and power of dramatic presentation that add up to a totally convincing and gripping whole. […] Neumann and his team have excelled themselves, and so has Handel, and anyone who thinks 18th-century music wanting in musico-dramatic force is urged to acquire this magnificent set without delay.
Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch - Mr. Handel's Trumpeters (2015) [TR24][OF]

Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch - Mr. Handel's Trumpeters
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | 57:23 min | 0.98 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Raumklang | Tracks: 33 | Rls.date: 2015

George Frideric Handel had an outstanding trumpeter in his orchestra: Valentine Snow. "Mr. Handel's Trumpeter," as he was later called, inspired Handel to write numerous tailor-made trumpet parts for him. In contrast to his contemporaries, Handel was interested less in virtuosity, than in mellifluous sound and dramatic effect, as reflected in the pieces on this CD. The point of departure for the recording is provided by the trumpet music of Purcell and his contemporaries, music that clearly displays Italian influence and formed the foundation for Handel's compositions.
Handel - Orlando (2013) (Pacific Baroque Orchestra, A. Weimann)

Handel - Orlando (2013) (Pacific Baroque Orchestra, A. Weimann)
Opera | 3cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
ATMA, ACD2 2678 | rec: 2012 | 680Mb

The complete version of Orlando, considered to be one of Handel’s most successful operas, is presented for the first time on a Canadian label. Singing the title role is the English countertenor Owen Willetts, a rising figure on the international scene. He is joined by the American soprano Amanda Forsythe, and several of the finest Canadian singers: Karina Gauvin, Allyson McHardy, and Nathan Berg.
Ralph van Raat - Gavin Bryars: Piano Concerto (The Solway Canal); After Handel’s Vesper; Ramble On Cortona (2011)

Gavin Bryars - Piano Concerto (The Solway Canal); After Handel’s Vesper; Ramble On Cortona (2011)
Ralph van Raat, piano; Cappella Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Otto Tausk

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572570 | Time: 00:52:39

The emotional content, lyricism and direct appeal of Gavin Bryars’s music are unique, reflecting a contemporary composer’s absorption and transformation of several centuries of musical craftsmanship in order to reflect his, and our, own epoch. Originally written for harpsichord, After Handel’s Vesper is a strong illustration of Bryars’s post-minimal interests in early music repertoire. Ramble on Cortona, derived from 13th-century music, makes expressive use of the piano’s resonant qualities, while in the highly-coloured, almost impressionistic The Solway Canal, landscapes pass by as if in a dream.
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.