Best Handel 50

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Virgin Classics' 2011 compilation Best Handel 50 is a generous triple-disc package that provides a broad sampling of the works of George Frederick Handel, one of the titans of Baroque music. Each disc represents a different aspect of Handel's prodigious output: disc 1 presents arias from the Italian operas, which brought Handel his first fortune and fame in England; disc 2 draws on his orchestral and instrumental works, including the "Water Music" and the "Music for the Royal Fireworks"; and disc 3 offers vocal and choral excerpts from the sacred oratorios and anthems, masterpieces of his later career that brought him lasting popularity. The 50 tracks are drawn from the...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Virgin Classics' 2011 compilation Best Handel 50 is a generous triple-disc package that provides a broad sampling of the works of George Frederick Handel, one of the titans of Baroque music. Each disc represents a different aspect of Handel's prodigious output: disc 1 presents arias from the Italian operas, which brought Handel his first fortune and fame in England; disc 2 draws on his orchestral and instrumental works, including the "Water Music" and the "Music for the Royal Fireworks"; and disc 3 offers vocal and choral excerpts from the sacred oratorios and anthems, masterpieces of his later career that brought him lasting popularity. The 50 tracks are drawn from the extensive EMI catalog, and include many historically informed interpretations by prominent period ensembles and choirs, among more traditional readings. For the most part, the recordings are all-digital, except for two analog selections, which have been digitally mastered, so the sound quality is clean and clear throughout. This set is not essential for listeners who already have good coverage of Handel's major works in their collections, though beginners and casual classical listeners may find this collection a helpful survey, as well as pleasant background music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099907082221
  • Catalog Number: 70822
  • Sales rank: 163,496

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & Kirk Trevor (4:22)
  2. 2 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Scherza infida - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (9:47)
  3. 3 Arianna in Creta, opera, HWV 32: Qui ti sfido, o mostro infame! - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (3:56)
  4. 4 Radamisto, opera, HWV 12: Ombra cara di mia sposa - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (7:18)
  5. 5 Orlando, opera, HWV 31: Verdi allori - George Frideric Handel & Diego Fasolis (5:54)
  6. 6 Arminio, opera, HWV 36: Duri lacci, voi non sieste - Alan Curtis & George Frideric Handel (3:11)
  7. 7 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù - George Frideric Handel & Il Seminario Musicale (2:38)
  8. 8 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Cara speme - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (4:49)
  9. 9 Teseo, opera, HWV 9: Dolce riposo - George Frideric Handel & Les Talens Lyriques (3:12)
  10. 10 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar - George Frideric Handel & Eiddwen Harrhy (4:38)
  11. 11 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Ombre pallide - George Frideric Handel & Arleen Augér (6:34)
  12. 12 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Son nata a lagrimar - George Frideric Handel & David Daniels [countertenor] (7:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Air (Sarabande) in E major, HWV 425 - George Frideric Handel & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (3:23)
  2. 2 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Overture: Largo - Allegro - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (3:25)
  3. 3 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Adagio e staccato - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:09)
  4. 4 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: (Allegro) - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:34)
  5. 5 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:32)
  6. 6 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Bourrée - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:13)
  7. 7 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Hornpipe - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:38)
  8. 8 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: (Allegro moderato) - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (3:08)
  9. 9 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (4:02)
  10. 10 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Minuet - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (1:13)
  11. 11 Water Music Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350: Rigaudon - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (1:24)
  12. 12 Water Music Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350: Menuet - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (1:15)
  13. 13 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Bourrée - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:20)
  14. 14 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Paix - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:48)
  15. 15 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Réjouissance - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:46)
  16. 16–18 Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313 - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (7:04)
  17. 17 Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315: Andante - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (2:39)
  18. 18 Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315: Allegro - Hans-Martin Linde & George Frideric Handel (1:40)
  19. 21–24 Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322 - George Frideric Handel & Nicholas McGegan (10:21)
  20. 22 Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op. 5/4, HWV 399: A tempo ordinario - Allegro non presto - George Frideric Handel & Il Seminario Musicale (3:58)
  21. 23 Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Parrott (2:47)
  22. 24 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430: Aria con variazioni: The Harmonius Blacksmith - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (4:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & English Chamber Orchestra (6:09)
  2. 2 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Comfort ye my people - George Frideric Handel & Joseph Cornwell (3:21)
  3. 3 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised - George Frideric Handel & Margaret Cable (11:46)
  4. 4 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah! - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Parrott (3:59)
  5. 5 Israel in Egypt, oratorio, HWV 54: The sons of Israel do mourn - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Parrott (6:30)
  6. 6 La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Così la tortorella - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (4:18)
  7. 7 Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232: Dixit Dominus Domino meo - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (5:19)
  8. 8 Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232: De torrente in via bibet - George Frideric Handel & Natalie Dessay (3:24)
  9. 9 Conservate, raddopiate, duet for soprano, alto & continuo, HWV 185: Conservate, raddoppiate - George Frideric Handel & Brian Asawa (1:52)
  10. 10 Conservate, raddopiate, duet for soprano, alto & continuo, HWV 185: Nodi voi, che gli stringeste - George Frideric Handel & Brian Asawa (2:36)
  11. 11 Il Delirio Amoroso (Da Quel Giorno Fatale), cantata for soprano & instruments, HWV 99: Per te lasciai la luce - George Frideric Handel & Natalie Dessay (9:40)
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