This Brilliant Classics Composer Edition spectacular shines its brilliant light on one of the Baroque-era giants, George Frideric Handel. At a whopping 65 CDs, this set represents the most comprehensive Handel Edition on the market! While not “Complete”, the set presents a substantial and representative oeuvre: 12 complete oratorios, cantatas, Odes, Anthems, Arias, Duets, the complete chamber music, the complete keyboard works, the complete organ concertos, oboe concertos, the complete Concerti Grossi, the Water Music and Fireworks Music: a grand musical feast covering a wide range of styles, spotlighted instrumentalists and emotions.
The consistently high quality of playing includes performances by Roberto Loreggian in the harpsichord music and legendary soprano Arleen Augér singing the German arias. Handel’s orchestral music is performed by a variety of German chamber groups. The trio sonatas feature L’École d’Orphée, boasting players drawn from some of the leading British Baroque orchestras. The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, performs Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah. This excellent gift idea represents superb value and guarantees a wealth of repeatable, meaningful listening pleasures.
There is plenty here to more than make up for the absence of opera...[for] me, the discoveries made it worthwhile and I expect to be dipping into this set for a long time to come. The overall value of the set is such that, even with those discs you’ll only hear once, you can think you are getting something for nothing.
-- MusicWeb International
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Catalog Number: BRI95050
Label: Brilliant Classics
Number of Discs: 65
Composer: Anonymous, George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Alfred Deller, Anthony Bramall, Christian Kluttig, Claudio Astronio, Dietrich Knothe, Helmut Koch, Jed Wentz, Johannes Somary, Marco Vitale, Marcus Creed, Maurice Abravanel, Max Pommer, Mogens Wöldike, Nicholas Ward, Nicol Matt, Sir David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort, Concerto Cologne, Contrasto Armonico, Harmonices Mundi, L'Ecole d'Orphée, Musica ad Rhenum, Musica Perduta
Performer: Alastair Miles, Alexander Schreiner, Alexander Young, Alison Bury, Anthony Camden, Anton Heiller, Arleen Augér, Armin Thalheim, Burkhard Glaetzner, Charlotte Balzereit, Christian Schmitt, Claudio Astronio, Crispian Steele-Perkins, David Reichenberg, Dieter Zahn, Eberhard Büchner, Elodie Wiemer, Erik Bosgraaf, Erling Thorborg, Francesco Corti, Gemma Bertagnolli, Gerd Schulze, Gerhard Flade, Gunter Heidrich, Günter Klier, Günter Leib, Harold Lester, Heather Harper, Herbert Handt, Holger Ladmann, Jennifer Vyvyan, John Holloway, John Mark Ainsley, John Shirley-Quirk, John Toll, Julia Girdwood, Juliane Heutjer, Klaartje Van Veldhoven, Klaus Martinec, Klaus-Peter Gutz, Laurence Dutoit, Luciana Mancini, Lucy Carolan, Lynne Dawson, Manfred John, Marco Vitale, Massimo Gabba, Matthias Pfaender, Micaela Comberti, Michael Borgstede, Michael Pohl, Peter Mirring, Philip Pickett, Renato Criscuolo, Rien Voskuilen, Robert Woolley, Roberto Loreggian, Rolf Sehring, Siegfried Gizyki, Stefanie True, Stephen Preston, Susan Sheppard, Susanne Rydén, Thomas Hemsley, Tom Sol, Valentina Varriale, Werner Tast, Wilhelm Fuchs