Handel - The Ultimate Collection

Handel - The Ultimate Collection

     
 

Erato's Handel: The Ultimate Collection is far from the last word in compilations of the composer's greatest hits, but it's not a bad CD for beginners to hear at least once to become acquainted with this Baroque master. Considering the selections touch on virtually every genre that Handel mastered, from orchestral and keyboard music to…  See more details below

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Erato's Handel: The Ultimate Collection is far from the last word in compilations of the composer's greatest hits, but it's not a bad CD for beginners to hear at least once to become acquainted with this Baroque master. Considering the selections touch on virtually every genre that Handel mastered, from orchestral and keyboard music to choral works and opera, this is a reasonably well-rounded survey. The downside of having so much music crammed into a program of a little over 68 minutes is that some pieces, like the "Overture to the Music for the Royal Fireworks" and "The Harmonious Blacksmith Variations," are severely cropped, and this limitation becomes quite annoying on repeated play. But listeners should really regard this disc as a sampler and use it to see if Erato's catalog of Handel's works suits their taste. The label boasts a remarkable roster of artists, including conductor John Eliot Gardiner, harpsichordist Scott Ross, soprano Felicity Lott, contralto Marilyn Horne, harpist Lily Laskine, organist Marie-Claire Alain, and such early music ensembles as the Monteverdi Choir and Monteverdi Orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard, and the Sixteen, backed by Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. So this disc is decidedly not the only Handel album you'll ever need, but it's a good starter disc that presents Handel's music in historically informed performances with delightfully resonant sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0706301850220
catalogNumber:
18502

Tracks

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  - George Frideric Handel  - Greg Jakobek  - John Lubbock  - Matthew Cosgrove  -  Orchestra of St. John's
  2. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Overture [Excerpt]  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  3. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Bourrée  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  4. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Réjouissance  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  5. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Minuets 1 & 2  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  6. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Air  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  7. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Allegro - Andante - Allegro [Excerpt]  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  8. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348: Bourrée  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  9. Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Allegro  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  10. Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  11. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  - George Frideric Handel  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Greg Jakobek  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Matthew Cosgrove  -  Monteverdi Orchestra
  12. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430: Air con variazione  - George Frideric Handel  - Greg Jakobek  - Scott Ross  - Matthew Cosgrove
  13. Dixit Dominus, hymn for soloists, chorus & orchestra in G minor, HWV 232: Dixit Dominus  - George Frideric Handel  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Greg Jakobek  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Matthew Cosgrove  -  Monteverdi Orchestra  -  Messana  -  Morton  -  Palmer
  14. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let the Bright Seraphim  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Raymond Leppard  - Felicity Lott  - Matthew Cosgrove
  15. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313: Largo  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Greg Jakobek  - Matthew Cosgrove
  16. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu. Largo  - George Frideric Handel  - Marilyn Horne  -  I Solisti Veneti  - Greg Jakobek  - Claudio Scimone  - Matthew Cosgrove
  17. Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294: Andante Allegro  - George Frideric Handel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Lily Laskine  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  18. Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (No.13), HWV 295: Allegro  - George Frideric Handel  - Marie-Claire Alain  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Jean-François Paillard  - Matthew Cosgrove
  19. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Every valley shall be exalted  - George Frideric Handel  - Paul Elliott  - Greg Jakobek  - Matthew Cosgrove
  20. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: For unto us a child is born  - George Frideric Handel  -  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Ton Koopman  -  Sixteen  - Matthew Cosgrove
  21. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah  - George Frideric Handel  -  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  - Greg Jakobek  - Ton Koopman  -  Sixteen  - Matthew Cosgrove

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