Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity Klaas Bolt (March 6, 1927 in Appingedam – April 11, 1990 in Haarlem) was a Dutch organist and improviser. He taught improvisation at the Sweelinck Conservatory (named for Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, a Dutch organist and composer of the Renaissance) in Amsterdam, where Masaaki Suzuki was among his students. Bolt was a proponent of the use of slow tempi when playing hymns. He played many hymns at his weekly evening hymn sings, which drew substantial audiences. He would typically improvise the hymn introductions at these events.
Composer: Vincent Lübeck, Samuel Scheidt, Georg Böhm, Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Böhm, Heinrich Scheidemann, Jan Pieterz Sweelinck
Performer: Klaas Bolt
Number of discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 10 Size: 961 MB
Many thanks to our benefactor from Michigan Lake area. Gardiner’s 1978 recording with his newly founded English Baroque Soloists shows few signs of its age. Rolfe Johnson’s mellifluous Acis is still the best on disc.
Composer: Georg-Friedrich Händel
Performer: Willard White, Norma Burrowes, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Martyn Hill
Orchestra: The English Baroque Soloists
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Number of discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 16 Size: 3.66 GB
Thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this classic “must have” Georg Friedrich Händel’s most famous instrumental works are presented here: his Music for the Royal Fireworks and his three suites of Water Music in F major, D major, and G major. A grand occasion celebrating a treaty is the backdrop for Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Grand stories surrounding the event exist, including a great traffic jam on the London Bridge, a 101 canon salute, and a fire which led to a swordfight. There were 100 musicians outside to play music including 12 trumpets and 16 french horns, and Handel was far from happy with the situation. In any case, the music is very stately, featuring trumpets, horns, and oboes in many guises, not to mention plenty of fanfares.
Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P.
Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.23 GB
Many thanks to our friend Mats for another audiophile pearl
Anyone comparing different recordings of Händel’s “Water Musick” will soon realize that there are obviously quite large differences between the versions played. The autograph of “Water Musick” is no longer extant, and the work was not published in complete form during Händel’s lifetime. It appears that there may have been three or more different occasions between about 1715 and 1725 when Händel was asked to produce open-air music for royal entertainment during a boat-trip down the Thames. Handel probably wrote a number of individual pieces for these occasions which were only later combined into suites. Trevor Pinnock has opted here for the more traditional variant of two suites, one in F major and one a mix of D major and G major, the pieces being more or less in the order as published by Chrysander in the 19th century. Most newer recordings from the historically-informed school prefer to divide the whole into three clearly defined suites, although they are not always agreed on the order of the individual pieces.
Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Orchestra: The English Concert Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Number of Discs: 1
Label: DG Archiv DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 2.11 GB
It is rare these days to hear an ensemble sound as if they actually enjoy what they are playing. This album has that sound. There are technically better recordings, but none (that I have heard) with the “musicallity” that Fennell brings out. The horn “rip” in Suite in F positively has a grin on it! These are musicians, not instrumental technicians. Such a wonderful difference. And when Fennell “unchains” the big drum, oh boy, you better pray to have bought very good speakers and amps.
# Composer: Gustav Holst, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach # Orchestra: The Cleveland Symphonic Winds
# Conductor: Frederick Fennell # Vinyl (1978) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: Flac # Label: Telarc # DR-Analysis: DR 14 # Size:1.68 GB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory
If you have to own one of her early recordings, this is the one to get. The haunting final Monteverdi piece, with its strange, beautiful, and terrifying electronic vocals is worth the price of admission alone. Perhaps the crown work on this album is Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, which Glenn Gould once called the most perfect interpretation.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Domenico Scarlatti, Claudio Monteverdi # Performer: Walter (now Wendy) Carlos # Vinyl (1969) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: FLAC (Tracks) # Label: CBS # DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00005OKS2 # Size: 837 MB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory
If you are an opera lover and don’t own this…or don’t grab it, you are everything you want, but not an opera lover
# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Georg Friedrich Händel, Gioacchino Rossini, Thomas Arne, Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leo Delibes, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Ambroise Thomas
# Performer: Joan Sutherland
# Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden # Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyls (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B00004XQ8G
# Size: 2.25 GB
# Scan: yes
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