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.

Handel - Belshazzar (Trevor Pinnock)  Music

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)  Music

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 - 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 under Jurgen Budday - Belshazzar (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Handel under Jurgen Budday - Belshazzar (2011)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.4GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, K&K Verlagsanstalt

This recording is part of a cycle of old testament oratorios by G. F. Handel and is one of the many concerts performed at Maulbronn monastery over the past years. The series combines authentically performed baroque oratorios with the optimal acoustics and atmosphere of this unique monastic church. This ideal location demands the transparency of playing and the interpretive unveiling of the rhetoric intimations of the composition, which is especially aided by the historically authentic performance. The music is exclusively performed on reconstructed historical instruments, which are tuned to the pitch customary in the composers lifetime.
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.
Hiro Kurosaki, William Christie - Handel: Violin Sonatas (2003) (Repost)

Hiro Kurosaki, William Christie - Handel: Violin Sonatas (2003)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:34 | 364 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | Catalog: 7243 5 45554 2 8

Ornate, opulent, majestic: Handel's music truly exemplifies the Baroque in its elaborate monumentality, which many listeners associate with his vast, dramatic oratorios. Perhaps lesser known, but hardly less significant is Handel's chamber music, which reveals a different kind of artistry, an intimately refined facet of the Baroque spirit. The contrast between the monumental and the intimate in Handel's music is especially interesting since he cultivated chamber music throughout his career, composing works that reflected the development of his style from its Italianate beginnings to the ultimate richness of his late idiom.
Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Händel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Händel: Music for Queen Caroline (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:08 minutes | 1.38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Queen Caroline was an emblematic female figure of the 18th century: the wife of King George II of England, a woman of great beauty, a champion of science and the arts, Caroline d’Ansbach was also the friend and patroness of Handel. The latter was entrusted with the solemn music composed for the grand ceremonies that marked the reign – be it «The King shall rejoice», given for the King’s coronation, the «Queen Caroline» Te Deum written for her own ascension to the throne, or «The Ways of Zion do mourn» performed at her funeral. This recording brings together, for the first time, three works underlining the strong link between the monarch and his favourite composer. This performance by the complete forces of the choir and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants brings to life these scores which are both flamboyant and brimming over with humanity.
Christopher Purves, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - George Frideric Handel: Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)

George Frideric Handel - Finest Arias for Base Voice (2013)
Christopher Purves, bass; Arcangelo, conducted by Jonathan Cohen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67842 | Time: 01:10:53

The magnificent Christopher Purves performs a recital of Handel’s bass arias. This unique collection demonstrates the range and brilliance of Handel’s writing for this voice, featuring a selection from Italian and English operas, English classical drama, Biblical oratorios, literary odes and a masque. Handel’s endlessly imaginative gift for characterization is fully explored here, with Purves commanding an extraordinary emotional and technical range from the buffo blustering of Polyphemus in Acis and Gatalea to the loving musings of Abinoam in ‘Tears, such as tender fathers shed’ from the oratorio Deborah.