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Brad Leissa's Desert Island

(in no particular order)

Outstanding recordings I would take with me to a desert island.
(Then again, does this desert island have a CD/DVD player with electricity?!)

Orlando Orlando (HWV 31)
Orlando: Patricia Bardon
Dorinda: Rosa Mannion
Medoro: Hilary Summers
Angelica: Rosemary Joshua
Zoroastro: Harry van der Kamp

Les Arts Florissants (period instruments)
William Christie (conductor)
Erato disques 0630-14636-2 (3 CDs)
(Recorded in 1996.)

Acis and Galatea Acis and Galatea (HWV 49a)
- including Look down, harmonious saint (HWV 124)
Galatea: Claron McFadden
Acis: John Mark Ainsley
Damon: Rogers Covey-Crump
Polyphemus: Michael George

The King's Consort (period instruments)
Robert King (conductor)
Hyperion Records Ltd. CDA 66361/2 (2 CDs)
(Recorded in 1989.)

Joshua Joshua (HWV 64)
Achsah: Emma Kirkby
Othniel: James Bowman
Joshua: John Mark Ainsley
Caleb: Michael George
The Angel: Aidan Oliver

Choir of New College, Oxford
The King's Consort (period instruments)
Robert King (conductor)
Hyperion Records Ltd. CDA 66461/2 (2 CDs)
(Recorded in 1990.)

Water Music Water Music (HWV 348-50)
English Baroque Soloists (period instruments)
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Philips Digital Classics 434 122-2
(Recorded in 1991.)




Agrippina / Alcina Airs and Dances; Excerpts from Agrippina (HWV 6) and Alcina (HWV 34)
Karina Gauvin (soprano)
Tafelmusik (period instruments)
Jeanne Lamon (conductor)
Analekta fleurs de lys FL 2 3137
(Recorded in 1999.)


Jephtha Jephtha (HWV 70)
Jephtha: John Mark Ainsley
Zebul: Michael George
Storgè: Catherine Denley
Iphis: Christiane Oelze
Angel: Julia Gooding
Hamor: Axel Köhler

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (period instruments)
Marcus Creed (conductor)
Berlin Classics BC 1057-2 (3 CDs)
(Recorded in 1992.)

Reissued on the Brilliant Classics BRIL99956 (3 CDs)

Agrippina Agrippina (HWV 6)
Claudio: Alastair Miles
Agrippina: Della Jones
Nerone: Derke Lee Ragin
Poppea: Donna Brown
Ottone: Michael Chance
Lesbo: Julian Clarkson
Giunone: Anne Sofie von Otter
Pallante: George Mosely
Narciso: Jonathan Peter Kenny

English Baroque Soloists (period instruments)
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Philips Digital Classics 438 009-2 (3 CDs)
(Recorded in 1991.)

eufoda.jpg (14783 bytes) Italian Solo Cantatas
[includes: Delerio amoroso (HWV 99), Diana cacciatrice (HWV 79), Ah! crudel, nel pianto mio (HWV 78), Languia di bocca lusinghiera (HWV 123)]
Deborah York (soprano)
Capella Brugensis (modern instruments)
Collegium Instrumentale Brugense
Patrick Peire (director)
Eufoda 1297
(Recorded in 1999.)


Theodora (HWV 68)
Theodora: Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Didymus: David Daniels, countertenor
Irene: Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano
Septimus: Richard Croft, tenor
Valens: Frode Olsen, bass
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (on period instruments)
Conductor: Willam Christie
Artistic Director: Peter Sellars

Recorded live at the 1996 Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Reissue of the VHS release.

Kultur D2099
(DVD - Region 1 encoding)

Warner Vision / NVC Arts
(DVD - Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 encoding)




Concerti Grossi, Opus 3, 1-6 Concerti Grossi, Opus 3, Nos. 1-6
Tafelmusik (period instruments)
Jeanne Lamon (leader)
Sony Vivarte SK 52 533
(Recorded in 1991.)




Il Trionfo Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (HWV 46a)
La Bellezza: Deborah York
Il Piacere: Gemma Bertagnolli
Il Disinganno: Sara Mingardo
Il Tempo: Nicholas Sears

Concerto Italiano (period instruments)
Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)
Opus 111/Naïve OP 30321 (2 CDs)
(Recorded in 2000.)


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