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The Best of Handel

Bernard Haitink Audio CD
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With an international conducting career that has spanned more than five decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of today's most celebrated conductors. Recentlyappointed Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he has in addition led many of the world's top orchestras, including 25 years at the helm of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam as its music ... Read more in Amazon's Bernard Haitink Store

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  • Performer: André Pépin, Jean-Claude Hermanjat, Ida Presti, Alexandre Lagoya
  • Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Musici
  • Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Raymond Leppard, Hans Gillesberger
  • Composer: Georg Friederich Handel
  • Audio CD (11 Mar 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Duo
  • ASIN: B0000041EM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Solomon HWV 67 / Act 3 - The Arrival of the Queen of ShebaSir Neville Marriner 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - Transcr. from Organ Concerto No. 6, HWV 294 by composer - 1. Andante allegroUrsula Holliger 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - Transcr. from Organ Concerto No. 6, HWV 294 by composer - 2. LarghettoUrsula Holliger 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - Transcr. from Organ Concerto No. 6, HWV 294 by composer - 3. Allegro moderatoUrsula Holliger 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast" - 1. AllegroEnglish Baroque Soloists 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast" - 2. Largo - AdagioEnglish Baroque Soloists 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast" - 3. Allegro - AdagioEnglish Baroque Soloists 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast" - 4. Andante non prestoEnglish Baroque Soloists 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Chaconne in G for harpsichord, HWV 435Alexandre Lagoya13:13£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Fugue in G - Arr. 2 guitarsAlexandre Lagoya 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Allegro in D minor - Arr. 2 guitarsAlexandre Lagoya 1:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 1. GraveHeinz Holliger 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 2. AllegroHeinz Holliger 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 3. Sarabande (Largo)Heinz Holliger 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor, HWV 287 - 4. AllegroHeinz Holliger 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - 21. Air: He was despisedAafje Heynis11:10£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Messiah - Part 1 - 8. O thou that tellest good tidings to ZionAafje Heynis 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - "Hallelujah"London Symphony Orchestra 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 in F -"Cuckoo and the Nightingale" HWV 295 - 1. Larghetto - AllegroJaap Schröder 5:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 in F -"Cuckoo and the Nightingale" HWV 295 - 2. AdagioJaap Schröder 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 in F -"Cuckoo and the Nightingale" HWV 295 - 3. AllegroJaap Schröder 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 in F -"Cuckoo and the Nightingale" HWV 295 - 4. LarghettoJaap Schröder 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Organ Concerto No.13 in F -"Cuckoo and the Nightingale" HWV 295 - 5. AllegroJaap Schröder 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Water Music Suite - Menuet. AllegroLorin Maazel 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Water Music Suite - Menuet. AllegrettoLorin Maazel 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Water Music Suite - AffettuosoLorin Maazel0:48£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Water Music Suite - CantabileLorin Maazel0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Water Music Suite - Andante allegroLorin Maazel 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Water Music Suite - Alla hornpipeLorin Maazel 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Water Music Suite - Adagio e staccatoLorin Maazel 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Water Music Suite - Allegro-Andante-AllegroLorin Maazel 7:02£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Water Music Suite - Air. AndanteLorin Maazel 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Water Music Suite - Bourrée. AllegroLorin Maazel 1:03£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Water Music Suite - Hornpipe. AllegroLorin Maazel 1:14£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Water Music Suite - Menuet. PomposoLorin Maazel 1:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1, HWV 258)Sir Neville Marriner 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Serse / Act 1 - Ombra mai fu (Largo)Peter Gallion 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Hercules, HWV 60 / Act 3 - "Where shall I fly"Dame Janet Baker 6:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 1. OuvertureRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 2. BourréeRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:16£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 3. La paixRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 4. La réjouissanceRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 5. Menuet I-IIRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good example of Handel's music 27 Feb 2008
By Mart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Philips Classics DUO range of double CDs is generally available at a mid price and usually offers good recordings, although not necessarily recent ones, by recognised performers.

This Best Of Handel release from 1996 has stood its ground for many years while facing competition from many others, some of which may be bigger and better while others are less than satisfactory.

As an introduction to Handel this is a good choice, for it includes a few complete works - such as the Music for the Royal Fireworks, chamber orchestra concertos and a concerto grosso - while other works such as the Water Music, are slightly shortened to give the highlights plus a bit more.

Some of the operas and oratorios which obviously can't be played in full are represented by pieces like the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon and Hallelujah from Messiah.

The coronation anthem Zadok the Priest is an essential inclusion, and the set is rounded off with a few orchestral and choral snippets.

The recordings and performances are good, with a casting of established orchestras and big name conductors like Sir Neville Marriner, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard and Bernard Haitink.

Despite its age this is still a good `Best Of' collection which offers quality and value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, comprehensive overview of Handel's works 7 Jan 2005
By Eddie Konczal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Philips offers a comprehensive overview of the works of George Frideric Handel, featuring a variety of conductors (Marriner, Maazel, Colin Davis, etc.) This 2-CD set includes 43 tracks spanning over 2.5 hours, and provides an excellent introduction to Handel. The "hits" are here: "Solomon - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba," "Water Music," "Messiah," and "Music for the Royal Fireworks." Equally impressive are (relatively) lesser known works such as "Chaconne in G," "Zadok the Priest - Coronation Anthem," and "Serse - Largo."

Handel's versatility will astound the novice listener. His compositional virtuosity and ingenuity transcend a variety of arrangements and tone colors, including works for full orchestra, chamber pieces, oratorios, and music for harp, piano, organ and guitar.

The recordings are top-notch and the performances are consistently excellent. Despite spanning nearly three decades of recorded works, the production values are remarkably cohesive; this compilation is a masterpiece of digital mastering.

If you're willing to invest a little extra money and time to familiarize yourself with one of the all-time great composers, "The Best of Handel" will reward you with years of enjoyment. I was a casual fan of Handel before receiving this CD as a gift nearly four years ago. Now, Handel ranks as one of my favorites (along with Beethoven, Bach and Chopin) - thanks largely to this brilliant compilation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful Noise 3 Mar 2014
By Marsha Solana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this CD. It is joyful and upbeat. I play it at home, in my car and at work. It brings a smile to my face.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Handel 2 Jun 2013
By Flight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a very nice collection of some of Handel's music. It is a good overview of a great composer. I enjoyed listing to it.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 16 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the collection of Handels best works. I highly recomend the CD.
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