Handel Edition | Brilliant Classics 95050BR

Handel Edition

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95050BR

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 65

Release Date: 14th August 2015

About

An exact contemporary of Bach, George Frideric Handel was one of the most important composers of the Baroque era, carving out a career for himself which was equally as impressive as his fellow countryman’s.

Born in Halle, Germany, to parents who were initially opposed to his devotion to music, Handel soon moved from his hometown to the great operatic centre of Hamburg. The opportunity to meet people from around Europe led to a rapid development of his skills, and, influenced by the Italian style that was gathering pace around him, the composer took the opportunity to travel to Italy, staging 'La Resurrezione' in Rome in 1708.

Handel’s reputation soon picked up, and in 1710 he became Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hannover, Prince George, who would soon become King George I of England. The connection with England had been established, and Handel moved there permanently in 1714, helping to found the Royal Academy of Music five years later. When the new Covent Garden Theatre was established in 1736, Handel celebrated the opening night with a performance of 'Alexander’s Feast'.

Following his operatic success, the composer turned to oratorios, starting with the biblical 'Saul' and 'Israel in Egypt', and premiering 'Messiah' in Dublin in 1742. The next year, despite suffering paralysis in his hand, he completed 'Samson' and the 'Dettingen Te Deum', with 'Semele' appearing in February 1744. Five years later came one of his most popular works, 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' - up to 12,000 people attended the first performance, an indication of just how popular the composer was in his own lifetime.

After staging a performance of 'Messiah' to benefit the Foundling Hospital in 1749, Handel was made a governor, beginning a relationship with the institution that would last the rest of his life

Although he was most famous for his opera and oratorios, Handel composed a large amount of keyboard music; among the works featured on this compilation are the Suites de pieces pour le clavecin, the first volume of which appeared in 1720. His chamber music (mostly solo and trio sonatas) also makes up an important part of his oeuvre, with his best contributions to this genre contained in the Opus 2 collection (included in full on this release), which comprises sonatas for oboe, flute, recorder or violin and represents the perfect summation of the composer’s wealth of invention and expressivity. Handel was also an expert orchestral writer, composing purely orchestral music alongside music for his dramatic works. The Water Music, justly some of his most celebrated music today, was the first in England to be scored for horns; and the Music for the Royal Fireworks was a massive project, with three horns and three trumpets combining forces to create the sound necessary to carry outdoors. Both these works and an array of other orchestral pieces are included on this substantial box set.

A wealth of artists – both established and emerging – make up this Brilliant Classics release, once again representing astonishing value for money. Handel’s orchestral music is performed by a variety of German chamber groups, including the Händel-Festspielorchester Halle, and the ensuing oboe and organ concertos are played by Baroque experts City of London Sinfonia. The trio sonatas feature L’École d’Orphée, which boasts players drawn from some of the leading British Baroque orchestras, including the Academy of Ancient Music. The consistently high quality of playing continues with Roberto Loreggian performing Handel’s harpsichord music, and legendary soprano Arleen Augér singing his German arias. Sir David Willcocks conducts the Holland Boys’ Choir in the Coronation Anthems, including the ever popular Zadok the Priest, and arguably Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah, is performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury. An excellent gift idea, this release represents superb value for money and hours of listening pleasure.

Excellent performances by leading ensembles, soloists and choirs: Concerto Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, English Chamber Orchestra, King’s College Choir and many others.


Includes:
- Complete Concerti Grossi
- Complete Organ Concertos
- Complete Oboe Concertos
- Complete Chamber Music
- Complete Keyboard Music
- Cantatas
- Song
- Duets
- Odes
- Anthems
- Te Deum
- Oratorios

Contents:
CD 1

- Suite No.1 in F Major, HWV 348
- Suite No.2 in D Major, HWV 349
- Suite No.3 in G Major, HWV 350
 
CD 2
- Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
- Sinfonia in B-Flat Major, HWV 339
- Sinfonia in B-Flat Major, HWV 347

CD 3
- Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op.3, HWV 312
- Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op.3, HWV 313
- Concerto grosso in G Major, Op.3, HWV 314
- Concerto grosso in F Major, Op.3, HWV 315
- Concerto grosso in D Minor, Op.3, HWV 316
- Concerto grosso in D Major, Op.3, HWV 317

CD 4
- Concerto grosso in G Major, Op.6, HWV 319
- Concerto grosso in F Major, Op.6, HWV 320
- Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op.6, HWV 321
- Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op.6, HWV 322

CD 5
- Concerto grosso in D Major, Op.6, HWV 323
- Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op.6, HWV 324
- Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op.6, HWV 325
- Concerto grosso in C Minor, Op.6, HWV 326

CD 6
- Concerto grosso in F Major, Op.6, HWV 327
- Concerto grosso in D Minor, Op.6, HWV 328
- Concerto grosso in A Major, Op.6, HWV 329
- Concerto grosso in B Minor, Op.6, HWV 330

CD 7
- Concerto a due cori, HWV 332
- Concerto a due cori, HWV 333
- Concerto a due cori, HWV 334

CD 8
- Organ Concerto No.1 in G Minor, HWV 289, Op.4
- Organ Concerto No.2 in B-Flat Major, HWV 290, Op.4
- Organ Concerto No.3 in G Minor, HWV 291, Op.4
- Organ Concerto No.4 in F Major, HWV 292, Op.4
 
CD 9
- Organ Concerto No.5 in F Major, HWV 293, Op.4
- Organ Concerto No.6 in B-Flat Major, HWV 294, Op.4
- Organ Concerto No.7 in B-Flat Major, HWV 306, Op.7
 
CD 10
- Organ Concerto No.8 in A Major, HWV 307, Op.7
- Organ Concerto No.9 in B-Flat Major, HWV 308, Op.7
- Organ Concerto No.10 in D Minor, HWV 309, Op.7
- Organ Concerto No.11 in G Minor, HWV 310, Op.7
 
CD 11
- Organ Concerto No.12 in B-Flat Major, HWV 311, Op.7
- Organ Concerto No.13 in F Major, HWV 295
- Organ Concerto No.14 in A Major, HWV 296a
- Organ Concerto No.15 in D Minor, HWV 304

CD 12
- Organ Concerto No.16 in F Major, HWV 305a
- 6 Fugues, HWV 605-610
 
CD 13
- Oboe Concerto in G Minor, HWV 287
- Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 302a
- Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HVW 301
- Air in G Minor, HWV 466
- Rondo in G Major
- Suite in G Minor, HWV 432
- Overture in B-Flat Major

CD 14
- Flute Sonata in E Minor, Op.1, HWV 379
- Flute Sonata in A Minor, HWV 374
- Flute Sonata in E Minor, HWV 375
- Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 376
- Flute Sonata in D Major, HWV 378
- Flute Sonata in G Major, HWV 363b
- Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367b
- Flute Sonata in E Minor, HWV 359b

CD 15
- Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 361
- Violin Sonata in G Minor, HWV 364a
- Oboe Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 357
- Violin Sonata in D Minor, HWV 359a
- Oboe Sonata in C Minor, HWV 366
- Andante in A Minor HWV 412
- Allegro in C Minor, HWV 408
- Oboe Sonata in F Major, HWV 363a
- Violin Sonata in D Major, HWV 371

CD 16
- Trio Sonata in B Minor, HWV 386b
- Trio Sonata in G Minor, HWV 387
- Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 388
- Trio Sonata in F Major, HWV 389
- Trio Sonata in G Minor, HWV 390
- Trio Sonata in G Minor, HWV 391

CD 17
- Trio Sonata in A Major, HWV 396
- Trio Sonata in D Major, HWV 397
- Trio Sonata in E Minor, HWV 398
- Trio Sonata in G Major, HWV 399
- Trio Sonata in G Minor, HWV 400
- Trio Sonata in F Major, HWV 401
- Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 402

CD 18
- Sinfonia in B-Flat major, HWV 339
- Trio Sonata in F Major, HWV 392
- Trio Sonata in C Minor, HWV 386a
- Trio Sonata in G Minor, HWV 393
- Trio Sonata in C Major, HWV 403
- Trio Sonata in E Major, HWV 394

CD 19
- Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365
- Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a
- Recorder Sonata in G Minor, HWV 360
- Recorder Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 377
- Recorder Sonata in A Minor, HWV 362
- Flute Sonata in F Major, HWV 369
- Recorder Sonata in F Major, HWV 358

CD 20
- Suite in A Major, HWV 426
- Suite in F Major, HWV 427
- Suite in D Minor, HWV 428
- Suite in E Minor, HWV 429
 
CD 21
- Suite in E Major, HWV 430
- Suite in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431
- Suite in G Minor, HWV 432
- Suite in F Minor, HWV 433
 
CD 22
- Suite in B-Flat Major, HWV 434
- Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
- Suite in D Minor, HWV 436
- Suite in D Minor, HWV 437
- Suite in E Minor, HWV 438

CD 23
- Suite in G Minor, HWV 439
- Suite in B-Flat Major, HWV 440
- Suite in G Major, HWV 441
- Preludio. Allegro
- Vo´ far guerra from Rinaldo
 
CD 24
- Suite in C Major, HWV 443
- Partita in G Major, HWV 450
- Prelude in D Minor, HWV 563
- Prelude and Capriccio in G Major, HWV 571
- Ouverture in G Minor, HWV 453
- Preludio in D Minor, HWV 564
- Allegro in C Major, HWV 472
- Chaconne in F Major, HWV 485
- Suite D Minor, HWV 448

CD 25
- Suite in D Minor, HWV 449
- Keyboard Sonatina in D Minor, HWV 581
- Allemande in A Minor, HWV 478
- Fuga in F Major, HWV 611
- Chaconne in G Minor, HWV 486
- Partita in C Minor, HWV 444
- Suite in C Minor, HWV 445
- Prelude and Allegro in A Minor, HWV 576
- Air in G Minor, HWV 467
- Toccata in G Minor, HWV 586
- Keyboard Sonatina in G Minor, HWV 583
- Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, HWV 580
- Concerto in G Major, HWV 487
- Air in B-Flat Major, HWV 471
- Preludium in F Major, HWV 567
- Preludium in F Minor, HWV 568
- Prelude in G Minor, HWV 573
- Prelude in E Major, HWV 566
- Air in G Minor, HWV 466
- Air in B-Flat Major, HWV 470
- Impertinence in G Minor, HWV 494
- Air in F Major, HWV 465
- Allegro in D Minor, HWV 475
- Courante in B Minor, HWV 489
 
CD 26
- Prelude Chaconne in G Major, HWV 442
- Fugue in G Minor, HWV 605
- Fugue in G Major, HWV 606
- Fugue in B-Flat Major, HWV 607
- Fugue in B Minor, HWV 608
- Fugue in A Minor, HWV 609
- Fugue in C Minor, HWV 610
- Sonata in C Major, HWV 577
- Capriccio in F Major, HWV 481
- Preludio ed Allegro in G Minor, HWV 574
- Fantasie in C Major, HWV 490
- Suite in D Minor, HWV 447
- Suite in G Minor, HWV 452
- Capriccio in G Minor, HWV 483
 
CD 27
- Suite in C Minor, HWV 446
- Allemande in A Major, HWV 477
- Allemande in F Major, HWV 476
- Gigue in F Major, HWV 492
- Prelude in D Minor, HWV 562
- Keyboard Sonatina in G Major, HWV 582
- Keyboard Sonatina in B-Flat Major, HWV 585
- Prelude in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 570
- Air in A Major, HWV 468
- Sonata for a Musical Clock in C Major, HWV 578
- Prelude in A Minor, HWV 575
- Lesson in A Minor, HWV 496
- Partita in A Major, HWV 454
- Prelude G Minor, HWV 572
- Keyboard Sonata in G Major, HWV 579
 
CD 28
- The Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62
- Suite in B-Flat Major, HWV 434
- Serse HWV40 – Largo (‘Ombra mai fu’)
- Saul, HWV 53, Act I: Symphony. I. Allegro
- Saul, HWV 53, Act I: Symphony. II. Andante
- Saul, HWV 53, Act I: Symphony. III. Allegro
- Saul, HWV 53, Act I: Symphony. IV. Larghetto
- Saul, HWV 53, Act II: Symphony. I. Largo
- Saul, HWV 53, Act II: Symphony. II. Allegro
- Messiah, HWV 56: “I know that my Redeemer liveth”
- Messiah, HWV 56: “Hallelujah”
- Prelude and Fugue in F Minor
- Zadok the priest, HWV 258
- Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63, Act III: See the conqu’ring hero comes
- Messiah, HWV 56: “Lift up your heads”
 
CD 29
- 9 German Arias: I. Künft’ger Zeiten eitler Kummer HWV 202
- 9 German Arias: II. Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen HWV 203
- 9 German Arias: III. Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken HWV 204
- 9 German Arias: IV. Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle HWV 205
- 9 German Arias: V. Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise HWV 206
- 9 German Arias: VI. Meine Seele hört im Sehen HWV 207
- 9 German Arias: VII. Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften HWV 208
- 9 German Arias: VIII. In den angenehmen Büschen HWV 209
- 9 German Arias: IX. Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden HWV 210
 
CD 30
- Da quel giorno fatale, HWV 99
- Ditemi, o piante, HWV 107
- Care selve, aure grate, HWV 88
- Allor ch’io dissi addio HWV 80
 
CD 31
- Un’alma innamorata, HWV 173
- O lucenti, o sereni occhi, HWV 144
- Aure soavi e liete, HWV 84
- Tra le fiamme, HWV 170

CD 32
- Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83

CD 33
- Clori, mia bella Clori, HWV 92
- Sans y penser (Cantate française), HWV 155
- Clori, vezzosa Clori HWV 95
- Pensieri notturni di Filli (Nel dolce dell’oblio), HWV 134
- Lungi n’andò Fileno, HWV 128

CD 34
- Mira Lilla gentile, cantata à canto solo con violino obbligato
- La caduta di Icaro, cantata a canto solo con violini
- Mira Lilla gentile, cantata à canto solo con violoncello obbligato
- Tra le fiamme (Il consiglio), HWV 170
 
CD 35
- Sonata in B Major
- Quel fior che all’alba ride, HWV 154
- Preludio in D Minor
- Và, và, speme infida, pur, HWV 199
- Prelude
- Amor gioie mi porge, HWV 180
- Entreé
- Caro autor di mia doglia, HWV 181a
- Toccata
- Ahi, nelle sorti umane, HWV179
- Prelude
- No, di voi non vò fidarmi, HWV 189
 
CD 36
- The Alchymist, HWV 43
- Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122

CD 37/38
- Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72

CD 39/40
- Alexander’s Feast, HWV 75
- Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anna, HWV 74
 
CD 41
- Zadok the Priest, HWV 258
- My Heart is Inditing, HWV 261
- Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, HWV 259
- The King Shall Rejoice, HWV 260
- Organ Concerto in B- Flat Major, HWV 306

CD 42
- Dettingen Te Deum in D Major, HWV 283

CD 43
- Ode für den Geburtstag der Königin Anna, HWV 74
- Utrecht Te Deum in D Major, HWV 278

CD 44
- Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76

CD 45/46
- Messiah, HWV 56

CD 47/48
- La resurrezione, HWV 47

CD 49/50/51
- Jephtha, HWV 70

CD 52/53
- Israel in Egypt, HWV 54

CD 54/55
- Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63

CD 56/57
- Samson, HWV 57

CD 58/59
- Theodora, HWV 68

CD 60/61
- Saul, HWV 53

CD 62/63
- Solomon, HWV 67

CD 64/65
- Semele, HWV 58

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