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Heroes & Heroines: Sarah Conolly Sings Handel
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mpn: COR16025, ean: 0828021602528,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 56 reviews
Featuring one of ENO’s most accomplished stars, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, Heroes and Heroines is a new disc of Handel arias recorded with Harry Christophers and The Symphony of Harmony and Invention in May of this year. Performing with Sarah on this new album is The Sixteen’s acclaimed orchestra The Symphony of Harmony and Invention. In addition to the thrilling and heart-stoppingly beautiful arias on this recording, the orchestra has some ‘solo’ tracks of its own which include ‘Th

Beethoven: Christus am Olberge
By Harmonia Mundi Fr.
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ean: 0794881719426,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews
This is Beethoven's only oratorio, and while hardly a masterpiece, it contains some fine moments--and since it was written around the same time as the Third Symphony, it is interesting to hear what else the composer was up to. It depicts Christ in the Garden of Gesthemane and presents Him as a very human figure. Tenor Placido Domingo, in what seems like his millionth undertaking, sings the sometimes exclamatory, sometimes lyrical (never very high-lying) music expressively, albeit without the ton

Der Rosenkavalier
By Opera Australia
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ean: 5060266600371,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews
Der Rosenkavalie, the most successful opera of Strauss and von Hofmannsthal's partnership, is a story of love, lust and human frailty. The story is not complicated but it soars and dips on Strauss' music with Hofmannsthal's expressive libretto. With Barker in the role of the Marschallin, who can fail to be moved by her poignant portrayal of facing the final loss of youth and her young lover? Count Octavian, (Carby), is a young man who has his life to enjoy with no thought of anything but pleasur

Der Ring Des Nibelungen
By Opera D'oro
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ean: 0723721708757,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews
A deluxe edition of one of the most beloved complete Opera d Oro recordings! This new package contains newly translated complete English librettos for all four music dramas, along with a fifth book of essays.

Handel - Messiah / Nelson, Kirkby, Watkinson, Elliott, Thomas, AAM, Hogwood
By L'Oiseau-Lyre (Decca)
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mpn: 028943048828, ean: 0028943048828,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews
This is the Messiah that started it all--the first period instrument performance recorded with a choir of men and boys. It introduced music lovers the world over to Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby, and a whole host of performers who have since become ubiquitous as the ''English Early Music Mafia,'' appearing as they do under zillions of different ensemble names on a variety of labels. Hogwood's performance still holds its own, however, as one of the finest and freshest available. A first-rate e

R. Strauss: The Great Operas (22 CD)
By Parlophone
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mpn: 5099943179923, ean: 0075597956856,

4.1 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews
- 22CD set - includes Salome, Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier - This set of 10 Richard Strauss operas is replete with some of the finest Straussian voices of the 20th century - Nearly every opera in this set is a staple of the operatic repertory

By Coro
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mpn: COR16019, ean: 0828021601927,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 49 reviews
Handel's oratorios vary greatly in their presentation. In many ways, Esther is a rarity;it is by far the most intimate, not surprisingly as it was composed for the Duke of Chandos. The Duke's Palladian palace near the village ofEdgware had not been completed in time for the first performance so this may have taken place (as did Acis and Galatea) in the intimate surroundings of a small church, St Lawrence, Whitchurch. We decided, therefore, that we should attempt to convey that intimacy of perfor

Handel - Alexander's Feast / Argenta, Partridge, George, The Sixteen, Christophers
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mpn: COR16028, ean: 0828021602825,

4.1 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
''A remarkable recording.'' - REPERTOIRE The nature of Alexander’s Feast is perhaps better summed up by its other title, The Power of Music. It is a celebratory ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, written by Dryden in 1697 for the traditional celebration of the patron saint of music and set in celebratory style by Handel in 1736. At its first performance that year, he incorporated two delightful concertos, one for harp and one for organ, and these are included on this recording. Winner of the Deutsch

Handel: Saul
By Harmonia Mundi Fr.
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ean: 0794881781720,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews
Saul is one of Handel's most action-filled, fast-moving oratorios; an opera in everything but name only. It has been lucky on disc--both Paul McCreesh (Archiv) and John Eliot Gardiner (Philips) have led superb readings, and Joachim Carlos Martini leads a good performance on Naxos, which is a bargain. Now René Jacobs and his remarkable Concerto Köln come along and offer a truly majestic reading, filled with real drama and beautiful, precise singing and playing. Tenor Jeremy Ovenden sings Jonath

Berlioz: Complete Orchestral Works
By Philips
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ean: 0028945614328,

4.6 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews
Berlioz was the first Romantic master of the orchestra. His music hasn't been surpassed in terms of sheer brilliance and accuracy of effect. This set includes all of the overtures, the Symphonie fantastique, Harold in Italy, the Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens, orchestral music from The Damnation of Faust and Romeo and Juliet, and the completely insane Grande Symphonie funebre et triumphale. Davis achieved his reputation as a conductor as a Berlioz specialist, and he proves an expert advoc

J.s. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
By Linn Records
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ean: 0691062049924,

4.7 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews
Following the huge success of 2015's Magnificat & Christmas Cantata, Dunedin Consort releases its eagerly awaited follow up, Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Anticipation is high since the Magnificat was named 'Choice' by Gramophone, topped the critics' Christmas recommendation lists and received multiple five stars reviews. Fans will once again be thrilled, as John Butt delivers another revelatory performance. Dunedin Consort's acclaimed soloists are Mary Bevan, Clare Wilkinson, Nicholas Mulroy and M

By Naxos
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ean: 0409350832192, isbn: B00002R16A,

4.5 out of 5 stars with 48 reviews
Few people realize that Messiah received its New World premiere at Trinity Church in October 1770-only twenty-eight years after it was written. Today Trinity Church is extraordinarily fortunate in having a first-rate ensemble of singers, all of whom are

Haydn: Die Schopfung (The Creation)
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mpn: 028944976120, ean: 0028944976120,

4.9 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews
No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: HAYDN,J.Title: CREATIONStreet Release Date: 01/27/1998 This classic performance of Haydn's greatest choral masterpiece was beloved tenor Fritz Wunderlich's last recording. He sings all of the arias, but he died before finishing the recitatives, which are here taken by Werner Krenn. The recording is, in addition, one of Herbert von Karajan's finest, vastly better than his later digital remake. His interpretation is straig

Handel's Messiah (Deluxe Edition) (2CD + DVD)
By Mormon Tabernacle
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mpn: 17753966, ean: 0783027030921,

4.9 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews
Deluxe two CD + DVD edition features the complete Messiah on two compact discs as well as a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes footage of the making of this landmark recording, interviews with Mack Wilberg, and insight into the fascinating history of Handel's Messiah. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present the triumphant and angelic sound of George Frideric Handel's masterpiece Messiah. This album features some of the very best soloists in the world, including Bryn Terf

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mpn: 028945771328, ean: 0766703421619,

4.6 out of 5 stars with 37 reviews
Brand New Vivaldi wasn't the only composer to write a Four Seasons. Haydn's version is an oratorio--essentially an opera without staging--in which three archetypal peasants sing of the joys and travails of country life throughout the year. Coming after the sublime subject of The Creation, Haydn had qualms about the text, which he called ''Frenchified trash'' on more than one occasion. As if to compensate, the music he created was more colorful and vivacious than ever. The Seasons is, in fact, th

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