The Handel Institute

Archive of CD and DVD Reviews

Note: This archive represents the work of a team of enthusiastic expert critics who attempted to review almost every CD of Handel's music that came their way between 2001 and 2007. Since then we have witnessed phenomenal changes to both the commercial classical recording industry and also the plethora of blogs, fanzines and professional music critics available on the internet. Moreover, David Vickers now reviews (almost exclusively) for Gramophone and so his hands have become tied! However, an exhaustive public archive of Handel recording reviews (and much else) is browseable at Gramophone.

 

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Chamber Music  
The Chamber Music
  • L'Ecole d'Orphée (6 CDs; reissue)
    • CRD Records Ltd.
    • Brilliant Classics (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
The Complete Chamber Music
  • Academy of St. Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble, Philips (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Complete Flute Sonatas
  • Konrad Hünteler (traverso), Rainer Zipperling (violoncello / viola da gamba), Carsten Lohff (harpsichord), MDG
  • Reviewed by Terence Best
Complete Flute Sonatas
  • Lisa Beznosiuk (traverso), Richard Tunnicliffe (violoncello), Paul Nicholson (harpsichord), Hyperion Recordings, Ltd.
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Complete Violin Sonatas
  • Andrew Manze (violin), Richard Egarr (harpsichord), Harmonia mundi
  • Reviewed by David Vickers for andante
  
Recorder Sonatas
  • Dan Laurin (recorder), Hidemi Suzuki (cello), Masaaki Suzuki (harpsichord / organ), BIS
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Recorder Sonatas
  • Pamela Thorby, Richard Egarr, Linn Records
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Sonatas for the Recorder
  • Pamela Thorby, Richard Egarr, Linn Records
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Trio Sonatas, Opus 2
  • Wilbert Hazelet (traverso), Sonnerie, AVIE Records
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Violin Sonatas
  • Hiro Kurosaki (violin) William Christie (harpsichord / organ), Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Violin Sonatas
  • Rachel Barton (violin), David Schrader (harpsichord), John Mark Rozendaal (violoncello), Cedille
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Concerti  
Complete Organ Concertos
  • Simon Preston (organ), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor), DG Archiv (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Complete Organ Concertos
  • Paul Nicholson (organ), Frances Kelly (harp) Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman, Hyperion dyad (reissue)
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Harpsichord Concertos (Vol. 1)
  • Wolfgang Glüxam (harpsichord), Gradus ad Parnassum Wien, Hiro Kurosaki, ORF
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Keyboard Music  
ROME 1709: Händel vs Scarlatti
  • Luca Guglielmi (harpsichord/organ), Stradivarius
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Harpsichord Works: Volumes 1-3
  • Sophie Yates, Chandos Chaconne
  • Reviewed by Terence Best


Harpsichord Suites
  • Paul Nicholson (harpsichord), Hyperion Dyad (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Suites de Pieces pour le Clavecin 1720
  • Ludger Rémy (harpsichord, CPO)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

 

Music for the Theater  
Acis and Galatea
  • Norma Borrowes, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Martyn Hill, Willard White, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, DG/Archiv Blue (reissue)
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Acis and Galatea
  • Suzie LeBlanc, Mark Bleeke, Marc Molomot, Nathaniel Watson, Les Boréades, Eric Milnes ATMA Classique
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Agrippina
  • English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philips Classics
  • Reviewed by Mathieu Marcil
Agrippina
  • La Grand Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Dynamic
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

 

Alexander's Feast
  • The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers, Coro
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
   
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
  • Junge Kantorei, Barockorchester Frankfurt, Joachim Carlos Martini, Naxos
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Arianna in Creta
  • Orchestra of Patras, George Petrou, MD&G
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Arminio
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by David Vickers for andante
 
Ariodante
  • London Voices, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Phillips
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
"As steals the morn..." -- Handel - Arias & scenes for tenor
  • Mark Padmore (tenor), The English Concert, Andrew Manze, Harmonia mundi
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud (4 July 2007)

 

Athalia
  • The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, L'oiseau-lyre (DECCA)

  • Reviewed by Mathieu Marcil

Athalia
  • Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum, Peter Neumann, MD&G
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Belshazzar
  • The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, DG/Archiv
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Belshazzar
  • Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum, Peter Neumann, MDG
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Belshazzar
  • Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronn Kammerchor, Jürgen Budday, K&K
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

 

The Choice of Hercules
  • The Choir of the King's Consort, The King's Consort, Robert King, Hyperion
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Deborah
  • Junge Kantorei, Barockorchester Frankfurt, Joachim Carlos Martini, Naxos
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Deidamia
  • Brewer Chamber Orchestra, Ruldoph Palmer, Albany Records
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Deidamia
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Esther
  • The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers
    • Collins Classics
    • Regis Records (reissue)
    • Coro (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Faramondo
  • Brewer Chamber Orchestra, Rudolph Palmer, Vox Music Group
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Fernando
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Virgin Classics
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud (4 July 2007)
Flavio re de’ Longobardi
  • Ensemble 415, René Jacobs, Harmonia mundi France
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Floridante
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, DG-Archiv
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud (4 July 2007)
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
  • Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Harmonia mundi France
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
  • La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claudge Malgoire, Astrée Auvidis
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
  • Orchestre et Choeurs des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, Marc Minkowski, DG/Archiv
  • Reviewed by Carlo Vitali
Giulio Cesare in Egitto (DVD-video)
  • Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Richard Hickox, Kultur / EuroArts
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler
Giulio Cesare in Egitto -- Highlights
  • Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Warner/Apex
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

 

Hercules
  • Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, DG/Archiv
  • Reviewed by David Vickers for andante
Hercules (DVD-video)
  • Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Bel Air Classiques
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Imeneo
  • Brewer Chamber Orchestra, Ruldoph Palmer, Vox Music Group
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Imeneo
  • Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Wladyslaw Klosiewicz
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

 

Imeneo
  • VokalEnsemble Köln, Capella Augustina Andreas Spering, CPO
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Israel in Egypt
  • Includes the Coronation Anthems, Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice
  • Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Philips DUO (reissue)
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Israel in Egypt
  • Taverner Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott
    • EMI
    • Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Israel in Egypt
  • The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers, Coro
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Israel in Egypt
  • NDR Chor, Dresdner Barockorchester, Hans-Christoph Rademann, NDR3
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Jephtha
  • Winchester Cathedral Choir, The English Concert, Nicholas McGegan, Göttinger Händel-Gesellschaft
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Lotario
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
  • Reviewed by Carlo Vitali
Lotario (Highlights)
  • Kammerorchester Baselbarock, Paul Goodwin, Oehms Classics
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelianud & David Vickers
Messiah
  • Les musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, Marc Minkowski, DG/Archiv
  • Reviewed by David Vickers for andante
Messiah
  • The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Philips DUO (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Messiah
  • Coro della Svizzera Italiana, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis, ARTS
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Messiah
  • The Taverner Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott
    • EMI
    • Virgin Veritas (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Messiah
  • Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox, Chandos (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Messiah
  • Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury, Argo/Decca (reissue)
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Messiah
  • Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, ABC Classics
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Messiah
  • Saint Michael’s Singers, English Symphony Orchestra, William Boughton, Nimbus
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Messiah
  • Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sony BMG DHM
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Messiah
  • Dunedin Consort and Players, John Butt, Linn Records
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud (4 July 2007)

Nabal
  • Junge Kantorei, Barockorchester Frankfurt, Joachim Carlos Martini, Naxos
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
  • Felicity Lott, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, The English Concert and Choir, Trevor Pinnock, Archiv blue
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
  • Dorothee Mields, Mark Wilde, Alsfelder Vokalensemble, Concerto Polacco, Wolfgang Helbich, Naxos
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
Cecilia, volgi un sguardo
(cantata)
  • Carolyn Sampson, James Gilchrist, The King's Consort, Robert King, Hyperion
  • Reviewed by Carlo Vitali

Oreste
  • Camerata Stuttgart, George Petrou, MD&G
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Oreste (Highlights)
  • Staatskapelle Wiesbaden, Michael Hofstetter
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Partenope
  • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Göttingen Handel Society
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Partenope
  • The Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn, Chandos Chaconne
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Poro, re dell'Indie
  • Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Konrad Junghänel, Göttingen Händel Society
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Radamisto ("first version")
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Virgin Classics
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

La Resurrezione
  • Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend, Challenge Classics
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Riccardo primo, Re d’Inghilterra
  • Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, L'oiseau-lyre (DECCA)
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Rinaldo
  • Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs, Harmonia mundi
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Rinaldo
  • Concerto Köln, Nicholas McGegan, Göttinger Händel-Gesellschaft
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Rinaldo (Highlights)
  • Staatskapelle Wiesbaden, Michael Hofstetter
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Rinaldo (DVD-video)
  • Bayerische Staatsoper München, Harry Bicket, Arthaus Musik
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Rodelinda
  • Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, DG/Archiv
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

"Rodelinde" (Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi)
  • Includes excerpts from from Alcina, Radamisto, and Giulio Cesare in Egitto
  • Chor des SWR, Chor and Orchester des Reichssenders Stuttgart, Carl Leonhardt, Hanssler(reissue)
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Saul
  • Maulbronner Kammerchor, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Jürgen Budday, K&K Verlagsanstalt
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Saul
  • Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh, DG/Archiv
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Saul
  • RIAS Kammerchor, Concerto Köln, René Jacobs, Harmonia mundi
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Samson
  • The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers, Coro (reissue)
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Scipione
  • Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Fnac Music
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Semele
  • Cantillation, Sirius Ensemble, Antony Walker, ABC Classics
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Semele
  • Opera Fuoco, David Stern, Arion
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

 

Serse (Xerxes)
  • Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Serse (DVD-video)
  • Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, TDK EuroArts
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Serse (Highlights)
  • Staatskapelle Wiesbaden, Michael Hofstetter
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Siroe, re di Persia
  • Capella Coloniensis, Andreas Spering, Harmonia mundi
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Solomon
  • Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Jürgen Budday, K&K Verlagsanstalt
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Solomon
  • Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, Somm Recordings
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Tamerlano
  • The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Avie
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Tamerlano (DVD-video)
  • The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Arthaus Musik
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Tamerlano
  • The Chamber Orchestra of Copenhagen, John Moriarty, Parnassus Records (reissue)
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Teseo (DVD-video)
  • Lautten Compagney Berlin, Wolfgang Katschner, Axel Köhler, Arthaus
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Theodora
  • Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Erato
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

 

Theodora (DVD-video)
  • Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Kultur & Warner Vision
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

 

Tolomeo
  • Händelfestspielorchester des Opernhauses Halle, Howard Arman, Mondo Musica
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
  • Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm, Virgin Classics
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinuad (4 July 2007)

The Triumph of Time and Truth (1757)
  • London Handel Choir & Orchestra, Denys Darlow, Hyperion Records
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Amor e gelosia
  • Patrizia Ciofi (soprano), Joyce Di Donato (mezzo-soprano), Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

"Crude Furie degli orridi abissi - Evil Arias by G. F. Händel"
  • Angelo Manzotti (sopranist), Ensemble Rocinante, Tito Ceccherini, Callisto Records
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Haendel: Opera Seria
  • Sandrine Piau (soprano), Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Naïve
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Handel
  • Renée Fleming (soprano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket, Decca Classics
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Handel Arias
  • Emma Mathews (soprano), New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Donald Armstrong, Artworks
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Handel Arias
  • David Hobson (tenor), Cantillation, Sinfonia Australis, Antony Walker, ABC Classics
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Handel Arias
  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo-soprano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bickett, Avie Records
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Handel Arias
  • Russsell Oberlin (countertenor), Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dunn, Deutsche Grammophon
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud (4 July 2007)

Handel Operatic Arias
  • Emma Bell (soprano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Richard Egarr, Linn Records
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Handel: Oratorio Arias
  • David Daniels (countertenor), Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson, Virgin Classics
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Handel / Bach Arias
  • Stephanie Blythe (contralto), Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson, Virgin Classics
    + David Daniels (countertenor)
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud

Handel: Sacred Arias
  • Daniel Taylor (countertenor), Arion, Monica Huggett, ATMA Classique
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Handel: Three Portraits of Mezzo-Soprano Heroines
  • Maria Riccarda Wesseling (mezzo-soprano), Lautten Compagney, Wolfgang Katschner, Claves
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler

Handel and the Oratorio for Concerts
  • Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage, Chandos Chaconne
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Heroes and Heroines
  • Sarah Connolly, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers, Coro
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts

Love Duets
  • Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Daniel Taylor (countertenor), Arion, Stephen Stubbs, ATMA Classique
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

La Maga Abbandonata
  • Simone Kermes (soprano), Maite Beaumont (mezzo-soprano), Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, DHM
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

My Personal Handel Collection
  • Lynne Dawson (soprano), Lautten Compagney, Berlin Classics
  • Reviewd by Les Robarts

Vedo il ciel
  • Lydia Vierlinger (alto), Wiener Motettenchor, Capella Leopoldina, Jörg Zwicker, Amadeo (Universal Austria)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Orchestral Music  
Concerti Grossi Opus 6, Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music
  • The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Music for the Royal Fireworks. Water Music
  • Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman, Teldec
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Music for the Royal Fireworks. Water Music
  • Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Sacred Vocal Music  
Brockes Passion
  • Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, August Wenzinger, DG "Originals" (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Coronation Anthems (and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne)
  • Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Cleobury, EMI Classics
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Coronation Anthems
Coronation Anthems
- includes Coronation Anthems by Boyce, Croft, Clarke, Blow, and Purcell
  • Choir of New College, Oxford; Academy of Ancient Music, Edward Higginbottom, Decca
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Coronation of King George II
  • Choir of the King's Consort, The King's Consort, Robert King, Hyperion Recordings, Ltd.
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Coronation Anthems
Coronation Anthems & Silete Venti
  • Rebecca Ryan (soprano), Tallis Chamber Choir, Royal Academy Consort, Jeremy Summerly, Naxos
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Dettingen Te Deum (and Te Deum in A major)
  • Alsfeder Vokalensemble, Concerto Polacco, Wolfgang Helbich, Naxos
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Dixit Dominus &
Missa Nr.11 - by Johann David Heinichen
  • Dresdner Kammerchor, Dresdner Barockorchester Hans-Christoph Rademann, Carus
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Dixit Dominus &
Missa Dolorosa / Crucifixus a 16 Voci - by Antonio Caldara
  • Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock, DHM
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Gloria • Dixit Dominus
  • Gillian Fisher (soprano), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philips
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Gloria
  • Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Académie Baroque de Montréal, Alexander Weimann, ATMA Classique
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Sacred Cantatas
  • Emma Kirkby (soprano) London Baroque, BIS
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
The ways of Zion do mourna
'Utrecht' Te Deumb
  • a Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner
  • b Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Concentus musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Warner Apex
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Secular Vocal Music  
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo
  • Sandrine Piau (soprano), Sara Mingardo (alto), Laurent Naouri (bass), Le Concert d'Astreé, Emmanuelle Haïm, Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by Carlo Vitali
Apollo e Dafne
  • European Union Baroque Orchestra, Roy Goodman, Naxos
  • Reviewed by David Vickers for andante
 
Apollo e Dafne  
  • Haller (soprano), Corréas (bass, conductor), Les Paladins, Arion
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Apollo e Dafne; Silete venti
  • Karina Gauvin (soprano), Russell Braun (baritone), Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie, Dorian
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler
Arcadian Duets
  • Numerous vocal soloists, Le Concert d'Astrée Director: Emmanuelle Haïm, Virgin Veritas
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili -- Volume 1
  • Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni, Glossa
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Cantates Romaines
  • Maria-Cristina Kiehr (soprano), Il Teatro Armonico, Alessandro de Marchi, Accord (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Delirio Amoroso - Italian Secular Cantatas
  • Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers, Coro
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Il Duello Amoroso
  • Patrizia Kwella (soprano), Gillian Fisher (soprano), Catherine Denley (alto), The London Handel Orchestra, Denys Darlow, Hyperion Helios (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Duetti Italiani
  • Rossana Bertini (soprano), Claudio Cavina (countertenor & director), La Venexiana, Cantus
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Italian Cantatas
  • Miriam Allen, Christopher Field, Michael Leighton Jones, Arcadia, Jacqueline Ogeil, Tall Poppies
  • Reviewed by Sandra Bowdler
Italian Cantatas and Other Works
  • Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto) Beauséjour, Labbé, Keesmaat, Analekta
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Various  
A Baroque Feast
  • ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’and the Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Opus 4 number 6 -- also features orchestral music by Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Locatelli, and Alessandro Marcello
  • Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon (director, violin), Analekta
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Arias for Senesino
  • Andreas Scholl (countertenor), Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone, Decca
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Essential Handel
  • The King's Consort, Robert King, Hyperion
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Gideon
- a pasticcio by J.C. Smith Jr. & Thomas Morell
  • Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Barockorchester, Joachim Carlos Martini, Naxos
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Handel Arias
  • A compilation of arias extracted from previous Capriccio recordings.
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Haendel: Sacré Profane
  • Roger Expert (countertenor), Ensemble Amarillis, Ambroisie
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Händel in Dresden
  • Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Kammerton
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Handel: The Masterworks
  • A 40-CD compilation of oratorios, operas, passions, vocal works, chamber and orchestral works. (reissues)
  • Reviewed by Philippe Gelinaud
Handel: Orchestral Works
  • Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner, Decca
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Handel 'Oxford' Water Music
  • Includes works by Leclair, Corelli, and Geminiani. The Brook Street Band, AVIE.
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
'Maria, Madre di Dio'
  • Agnès Mellon, Matthew White, ARION, Monica Huggett, Early-music.com
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Mozart's arrangements of:
(1) Alexander's Feast, (2) The Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
  • Chorus and Orchestra of the Handel & Haydn Society, Christopher Hogwood, Arabesque
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Opera Proibita
  • Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski, Decca
  • Reviewed by Les Robarts
Saul; Alexander's Feast; The Choice of Hercules
  • A 5-CD recording featuring soloists, Choir of the King's College, Cambridge; English Chamber Orchestra; Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields; Philip Ledger (conductor); Virgin Black Box
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Oboe Concertos and Sonatas
  • Sarah Francis (oboe), London Harpsichord Ensemble, Regis Records
  • Reviewd by Philippe Gelinaud
The Unknown Handel
  • Musica ad Rhenum, Jed Wentz, Challenge Classics (reissue)
  • Reviewed by David Vickers
Arrangements  
Music of Handel
  • Jazz arrangements of Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Passacaglia.
  • Jacques Loussier Trio, Teldec
  • Reviewed by David Vickers

Our Desert Island Handelian Discs...


Recommended Recordings of Works by Handel's Contemporaries

Germany/Austria

  • Johann Sebastian Bach:
    • Christmas Oratorio. English Baroque Soloists (dir. John Eliot Gardiner). DG Archiv, 1987.
    • Johannes-Passion - Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - 2 CDs BIS, 1999.
  • Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri. The Sixteen (dir. Harry Christophers). - 1 CD Linn, 2001.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: cantatas, overture, and concerto. Accademia Daniel. Shalev Ad-El. - 1 CD CPO, 2000.
  • Carl Heinrich Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare - Concerto Köln (dir. René Jacobs) - 3 CDs Harmonia Mundi, 1996.
  • Christoph Graupner: Two overtures. Cantata. - Das Kleine Konzert (dir. Hermann Max) - 1 CD CPO, 1999.
  • Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide - Capella Coloniensis (dir. William Christie). - 4 CDs Capriccio, 1987.
  • Johann David Heinichen: "Dresden Concerti" - Musica Antiqua Köln (dir. Reinhard Goebel) - 2 CDs Archiv DG, 1993.
  • Reinhard Keiser: Croesus - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (dir. René Jacobs) - 3 CDs Harmonia Mundi, 2000.
  • Johann Kuhnau: Sacred Music. The King's Consort (dir. Robert King). - 1 CD Hyperion, 1998.
  • Johann Mattheson: Der für die Sünde der Welt gemartete und sterbende Jesus (Brockes Passion) - Accademia Filarmonica Köln, Marie Theres Band - 3 CDs Cavalli Records, 1996.
  • Georg Philip Telemann:
    • Orpheus - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (dir. René Jacobs) - 2 CDs Harmonia Mundi, 1998.
    • Brockes Passion - Capella Savaria (dir. Nicholas McGegan) - 3 CDs Hungaroton, 1991. 

Italy

  • Antonio Caldara:
    • Le conversion de Clovis. Le Parlement de Musique (dir. Martin Gester). 2 CDs Accord, 1997.
    • Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo. Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (dir. Rene Jacobs). Harmonia Mundi, 2001 (reissue).
    • Medea, cantatas - Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - 1 CD Virgin, 1991.
  • Francesco Cavalli: Xerse - Concerto Vocale (dir. René Jacobs) - 4 CDs Harmonia mundi 1985, 2000.
  • Arcangelo Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Op.6. The Brandenburg Consort (dir. Roy Goodman). 2 CDs Hyperion, 1997 (reissue).
  • Giovanni (Battista) Bononcini (1670-1747):
    • "Amarilli", cantatas - Gérard Lesne, Il Seminaria Musicale - 1 CD Virgin, 1993.
    • "Cantate italiane", cantatas - Gloria Banditelli, Cristina Miatello, Ensemble Aurora - 1 CD Tactus, 1989.
    • Amore doppio - Lautten Compagney, Wolfgang Katschner - 1 CD NCA, 1996.
    • Griselda (highlights + Carl Heinrich Graun: Montezuma, highlights) - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge - 2 CDs Decca, 1967, 1996.
  • Leonardo Leo (& Giovanni Battista Pergolesi): "Salve Regina" - Barbara Schlick, Europa Galante (dir. Fabio Biondi) - 1 CD Opus 111, 1993.
  • Antonio Lotti: Requiem. Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (dir. Thomas Hengelbrock). 1 CD DHM, 1999.
  • Benedetto Marcello: Arianna - Academia de li Musici, Filippo Maria Bressan - 3 CDs Chandos, 2000.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (& Leonardo Leo): "Salve Regina" - Barbara Schlick, Europa Galante (dir. Fabio Biondi) - 1 CD Opus 111, 1993.
  • Nicola Porpora: "The Rivals", cantatas & sonatas by Handel and Porpora - Christine Brandes, The Four Nations Ensemble, Andrew Appel - 1 CD ASV, 1999.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti:
    • Cantatas - David Daniels, Arcadian Academy (dir. Nicholas McGegan) - 1 CD Conifer Classics, 1998.
    • Il primo omicidio - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (dir. René Jacobs) - 2 CDs Harmonia Mundi, 1998.
    • Sedecia. Il Seminario Musicale (dir. Gérard Lesne). - 2 CDs Virgin Veritas, 2001.
  • Domenico Scarlatti: Pur nel sonno, cantatas - XVIII-21 Musique des Lumières (dir. Jean-Christoph Frisch) - 1 CD Naïve, 1999.
  • Francesco Maria Veracini: "5 Ouvertures"- Musica Antiqua Köln (dir. Reinhard Goebel) - 1 CD Archiv DG, 1994.
  • Antonio Vivaldi:
    • "The Vivaldi album", opera arias - Cecilia Bartoli, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - 1 CD Decca, 1999.
    • La Silvia - Ensemble Baroque de Nice (dir. Gilbert Bezzina) - 1 CD Ligia Digital, 2000.
    • Ottone in Villa - Collegium Musicum 90 (dir. Richard Hickox) - 2 CDs Chandos, 1998.
    • Juditha triumphans - Magdalena Kožena, Academia Montis Regalis (dir. Alessandro de Marchi) - 3 CDs Opus 111/Naïve, 2000.

England

  • Thomas Arne:
    • Alfred. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (dir. Nicholas McGegan). 1 CD DHM, 1999.
    • Artaxerxes - The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman - 2 CDs Hyperion, 1995.
  • William Boyce:
    • Solomon. The Parley of Instruments (dir. Roy Goodman). 1 CD Hyperion, 1990.
    • Ode for St Cecilia's Day - The Hanover Band (dir. Graham Lea-Cox) - 1 CD ASV, 2000.
  • Giovanni Battista Draghi: Ode to St. Cecilia. The Parley of Instruments (dir. Peter Holman). 1 CD Hyperion, 1995. (also includes Ode to St. Cecilia by John Blow)
  • Willem De Fesch:
    • Joseph - Musica ad Rhenum (dir. Jed Wentz) - 3 CDs NM Classics, 2001.
    • VI Concerti Opera Quinta - Musica ad Rhenum (dir. Jed Wentz) - 1 CD NM Classics, 1996
  • John Frederick Lampe: Pyramus and Thisbe. Opera Restor'd (dir. Peter Holman). 1 CD Hyperion, 1995.
  • John Clerk of Penicuik: "The Lion of Scotland", cantatas - Catherine Bott, Concerto Caledonia - 1 CD Hyperion, 1998.
  • John Christopher Pepusch: The lonely shepherd, cantatas (+ James Paisible, John Blow & Gottfried Finger) - Bergen Barock - 1 CD BIS, 1998.
  • Henry Purcell:
    • King Arthur. The English Concert (dir. Trevor Pinnock). 2 CDs DG Archiv, 1992.
    • Dido and Aeneas - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, René Jacobs - 1 CD Harmonia Mundi, 2001.
    • The Complete Anthems and Services, Robert King - 11 CDs Hyperion, 1991-1994.
    • The Complete Odes and Welcome Songs, Robert King - 8 CDs Hyperion, 1988-1992.

France

  • François Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres. Les Talens Lyriques (dir. Christophe Rousset) - 1 CD Decca, 2000. 
  • Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les fêtes de Paphos (dir. Christophe Rousset) - 3 CDs Decca, 1997.
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau:
    • Ouvertures. Les Talens Lyriques (dir. Christophe Rousset) - 1 CD Decca, 1997.
    • Les Boréades. English Baroque Soloists (dir. John Eliot Gardiner) - 3 CDs Erato, 1990 (reissue)

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