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Handel: "The Great Oratorios" [41 CDs] / Conducted by Hogwood, Gardiner, Pinnock, Christophers, Minkowski

Notes & Reviews:

Exploring the famed Baroque composer's musical genius beyond Messiah, this 41-CD set presents period instrument performances of 16 Handel oratorios. Decorated in gold foil, this collection contains some of the greatest Handel interpretations ever recorded, featuring icons of the historically informed performance movement such as Christopher Hogwood, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Harry Christophers and Marc Minkowski.


Works:

La resurrezione, HWV 47 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: David Thomas (Bass), Carolyn Watkinson (Alto), Patrizia Kwella (Soprano),
Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Ian Partridge (Tenor)
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1708; Italy

Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Willard White (Bass),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque

Esther, HWV 50a by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Ian Partridge (Tenor), Patrizia Kwella (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Andrew King (Tenor), Drew Minter (Countertenor)
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music, Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1718; London, England

Athalia, HWV 52 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: David Thomas (Bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Aled Jones (Boy Soprano)
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music, Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1733; London, England

Alexander Balus, HWV 65 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Nigel Robson (Tenor), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor),
Carolyn Watkinson (Alto), Donna Brown (Soprano)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1748; England

Saul, HWV 53 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Ruth Holton (Soprano), Philip Salmon (Tenor), Lynne Dawson (Soprano),
Simon Oberst (Bass), Alastair Miles (Bass), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor),
Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor), Donna Brown (Soprano), Philip Slane (Tenor),
Neil Mackie (Tenor)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738-1739; London, England

Israel in Egypt, HWV 54 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1739; London, England

Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: John Tomlinson (Bass), Howard Crook (Tenor), Arleen Augér (Soprano),
Michael Chance (Countertenor), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert Choir, English Concert Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741; London, England

Samson, HWV 57 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Matthew Vine (Tenor), Thomas Randle (Tenor),
Lynda Russell (Soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Michael George (Bass),
Jonathan Best (Bass)
Conductor: Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble: The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1743; London, England

Semele, HWV 58 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Neil Mackie (Tenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
John Aler (Tenor)
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1744; London, England

Hercules, HWV 60 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: David Daniels (Countertenor), Gidon Saks (Bass Baritone), Lynne Dawson (Soprano),
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Croft (Tenor), Marcos Pujol (Bass)
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque
Written: 1744; London, England

Belshazzar, HWV 61 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Nicholas Robertson (Tenor), Arleen Augér (Soprano), Nigel Short (Countertenor),
Julia Gooding (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Catherine Robbin (Mezzo Soprano),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Richard Wistreich (Bass), David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert Choir, English Concert Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1745; London, England

Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Christopher Keyte (Bass), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Ryland Davies (Tenor),
Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), Paul Esswood (Countertenor)
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747; London, England

Solomon, HWV 67 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Peter Harvey (Bass), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Susan Gritton (Soprano),
Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano), Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano), Alison Hagley (Soprano),
Paul Agnew (Tenor)
Conductor: Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1749; London, England

Theodora, HWV 68 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Susan Gritton (Soprano),
Paul Agnew (Tenor), Neal Davies (Bass)
Conductor: Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 1749-1750; London, England

Jephtha, HWV 70 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Nigel Robson (Tenor), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1752; London, England





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