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Sacred Vocal Music - Released October 24, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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A spectacular version on period instruments in historically informed style, Emmanuelle Haïm's rendition of George Frideric Handel's Messiah with Le Concert d'Astrée was among the finest to appear in 2014. Vigorous in rhythm and brisk in tempo, the performance is extremely lively and exciting, without a trace of traditional religiosity or stodginess, and the drama inherent in Handel's music is brilliantly realized in the energetic singing and playing. Featuring soprano Lucy Crowe, countertenor Andrew Staples, tenor Tim Mead, and bass Christopher Purves in a well-balanced quartet, and a chamber choir and orchestra that are as limber as they are lean, the oratorio moves at a rapid clip and takes little time to brood. Even the customarily slow numbers move along at a comfortable walking pace, and Haïm ensures that they maintain interest through transparent textures, fresh ornamentation, and forward momentum. This interpretation may be a little too exciting for listeners who like their Messiah reflective and reverent, but fans of the streamlined counterpoint and scintillating timbres of Baroque performance practice will enjoy the vitality and bright sonorities of this recording. Highly recommended, whether on CD, SACD, or digital download.
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Classical - Released November 23, 2018 | Erato

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Full Operas - Released September 24, 2007 | Warner Classics

Wild, passionate, and over in less than an hour, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is one of the greatest operas ever composed and it has received some of the greatest performances of any opera ever recorded. And while some of them have been sung with more refinement or more fervor, few can match this performance with Susan Graham as Dido and Ian Bostridge as Aeneas for wild passion. Bostridge, always a passionate interpreter, tears into Aeneas with more excitement than he's brought to any other role, filling his Aeneas with strength, dedication, dignity, and overwhelming passion. And Graham, always an ardent and brilliant performer, is more affecting than any Dido since de Los Angeles, filling her Dido with warmth, love, sensuality, and overwhelming passion. The rest of the singers are all excellent, but Felicity Lott is superlative as an uncanny Sorceress and David Daniels is superb as a strange spirit. Emmanuelle Haim directs a dramatic performance from the harpsichord and Le Concert d'Astrée provides a vivid and evocative accompaniment. Virgin's sound is intimate in the intimate sections, huge in the big sections, and incredibly effective. Anyone who loves Dido and Aeneas, or even just great opera, will love this disc.
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Sacred Oratorios - Released September 11, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, an unstaged serenata composed for a ducal wedding in Naples in 1708, is not to be confused with the slightly more operatic Acis and Galatea, written in London in 1718. Both adapt a tale from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Italian work is bolder in conception and far more virtuosic than its English pastoral counterpart and features some of Handel's finest arias. Haïm’s spirited and imaginative direction is complemented by Aci superbly sung by Laurent Naouri showing his wide range in the extremely demanding role of Polifemo and Sandrine Piau with her brilliant, steely yet still sweet soprano, used with quasi-instrumental technical accomplishment. © Warner Classics
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Classical - Released February 13, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 23, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 14, 2011 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 24, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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