Handel

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]

Handel: Un’alma Innamorata (Pentatone)

An ideal introduction to a delightful corner of a great composer’s output [RWe]

Humour and Classical Music: Silent Monks & The Hallelujah Chorus

by David Barker

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Handel: Acis and Galatea (Dorian)

A delightful recording that captures the energy of a live performance [KM]

Handel: Theodora (Opus Arte)

A radical feminist staging for a very well-sung account of Handel’s late masterpiece [RWe]

Handel: Water & Fire (Pentatone)

Handel’s grand outdoor showpieces reduced in scale to intimate chamber works [RMo]

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Handel: Tamerlano (Avie)

(Déjà Review) A great work which deserves to be discovered or rediscovered through this fine set [KM]

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Handel: Arminio (Erato)

All Handel lovers will want to own this, the first recording of Arminio [KM]

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Otto Klemperer (conductor): The Remastered Edition (Warner Classics)

Klemperer consolidated; his full Warner legacy in best-yet transfers [JW]

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London circa 1740 – Handel’s Musicians (Harmonia Mundi)

A compelling and entertaining survey of what was written and performed in London around 1740 [JV]