Handel: Trio Sonatas op. 5 (Avie)

(Déjà Review) Intoxicating, sometimes quixotic, but always entertaining [JW]

Moriz Rosenthal (piano) Complete Solo Recordings (APR)

The complete recorded legacy of a great Golden Age pianist, ideally transferred to CD [RWe]

Handel: Coronation Anthems (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Perfectly elegant and passionate renditions, with excellent pacing and a blended, lovely choral sound [KS]

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Isolde Menges (violin) (Biddulph)

A great artist’s important legacy restored, including first recordings of Beethoven, Bach and Vaughan Williams [JW]

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Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas (Delphian)

An accomplished partnership presents Handel’s violin sonatas most attractively [MC]

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Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas (Delphian)

Fine advocacy from these gifted performers [SG]

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Handel: The Six Organ Concertos Op. 4 (Avie)

Very imaginative and enthralling interpretations [JV]

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Handel: Deborah (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Tread carefully, and be warned: if you give this modestly-priced issue a miss, you’ll be depriving yourself of some truly wonderful music, expertly executed [PJL]

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Sylvie Spycket (harpsichord) (Forgotten Records)

A short-lived harpsichordist heard in a bracingly robust recital [JW]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

Handel: Handel for Trumpet (Linn)

A superbly programmed set of pieces by Handel, reimagined for trumpet and piano [PB]

Handel: Theodora (Alpha Classics)

A splendidly cohesive musically-rewarding example of integrated casting and performance [JW]

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Handel & Ferrandini: Choral works (Passacaille)

Convincing performances of two very different masterpieces [JV]

Handel: Messiah (Erato)

Period-instrument Messiah, not to be missed [DF]

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Scenes of Horror: Baroque Arias From the Shadows (Perfect Noise)

Thoroughly disappointing – a voice of no great distinction in a gimmicky programme [RMo]

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A Choral Christmas (Decca)

Beautiful sounds in big-boned arrangements which are best sample piecemeal rather than all at once [MP]

Handel: Total Eclipse (Somm Recordings)

Some of Handel’s most beautiful arias in instrumental versions, performed with vitality, sensitivity and rhythmical precision [GF]

Popper: Complete Transcriptions for Violoncello and Piano (Paladino Music)

A valuable addition to the Popper discography and a chance to hear a Hubay rarity [RCh]

Corelli: Corellimania (OUR Recordings)

An excellent disc of baroque chamber music, even if in one or two cases the link to the craze for Corelli is a little tenuous [GPu]

Il castrato del granduca – Arias for Gaetano Berenstadt (Glossa)

A highly interesting collection of rare baroque arias [GF]

Julens ljus (The Light of Christmas) (Proprius)

(Déjà Review) I suspect that many listeners will make attractive ‘finds’ among these 24 songs and the execution of them leaves little extra to be desired [GF]

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The Coronation of George II (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A wonderful recording of superlative music in performances that surely cannot be bettered [JL]

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Wilhelm Backhaus (piano) Complete Acoustic & Selected Electric Recordings (APR)

A wonderful completion of APR’s series exploring Backhaus’ exciting early recording career [RCh]

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The Lord’s My Shepherd (Acis)

This well-chosen programme is more interesting and varied than many similar showcase discs [NB]