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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

Handel was a German-British Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos.



Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel
Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel
A diverse programme of concerti, wind music and Scottish songs by composers Barsanti and Handel. 

CKD 567  

Handel: Apollo e Dafne
Handel: Apollo e Dafne
Peter Whelan directs Ensemble Marsyas' first foray into vocal music. 

CKD 543  

Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
The third recording in the Dunedin Consort's hugely succesful Handel series. 

CKD 397  

Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6
Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6
The period ensemble give a fresh and insightful performance of Handel's masterpiece 

CKD 362  

Handel: Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718)
Handel: Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version 1718)
second Handel recording from the award-winning Dunedin Consort 

CKD 319  

Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
Handel: Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742)
This superb 2-disc set features the Messiah as premiered by Handel in Dublin in 1742. 

CKD 285  

Handel: Operatic Arias
Handel: Operatic Arias
Soprano Emma Bell's outstanding second solo album, which features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

BKD 252  

Handel: Recorder Sonatas
Handel: Recorder Sonatas
A second solo album and a second Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' award. Widely acclaimed as a benchmark 

CKD 223  

Trios For 4
Trios For 4
Enjoy works by Handel, Telemann, Leclair and Quantz in this lovely and well-executed disc. 

BKD 050  

George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos.

Handel was born in Germany in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised British subject.

His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. He was strongly influenced by the techniques of the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic Choral tradition. Handel's music was well-known to many composers, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Ensemble Marsyas Is A Recording Of The Year
09 December 2017
MusicWeb International reviewer chooses 'Edinburgh 1742'
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Ensemble Marsyas Chart With 'Edinburgh 1742'
11 August 2017
#2 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart
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Early Music Review
'This terrific CD, bustling with energy and creativity, gives a vivid impression of Edinburgh in 1742...'
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The Herald
Top 20 Classical Albums of 2017: ‘With great style and charisma, Peter Whelan and his excellent Ensemble Marsyas reconstructed a typical Society concert in Edinburgh 1742.’


MusicWeb International
Recording of the Year: '...wonderfully vivid playing of tremendous music was the icing on the cake. Lip-smacking stuff!'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'Ensemble Marsyas afford all due splendour to ravishing largos, martial pomp to rousing allegros, and high-spirited dance steps to Menuets...an assured disc of horn-infused Baroque finery.'


MusicWeb International
'In all five Concerti Grossi the Edinburgh-based Ensemble Marsyas play with impeccable stylistic elegance...decidedly pleasing...'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'Emilie Renard is the soprano here, and no less boldly magnificent is she than the horns that blow through not only this piece but virtually the whole disc like an invigorating and cleansing wind.'
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Scherzo
'The horn players Alec Franc-Gemmill and Joseph Walters play their role brilliantly...you will do well not to miss this album.'
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The Arts Desk
'This superb disc celebrates Barsanti’s Scottish period, pairing his music with works by his one-time collaborator, Handel...Glorious stuff...Linn’s sound is spectacularly vivid.'
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All Music
'Recommended for those who love Handel and his era.'
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RTE Lyric FM 'Classic Drive'
CD of the Week


Presto Classical
Editor's Choice: '...brought off with captivating brio from all involved'
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MDR Kultur
CD of the Week: '…due to the freshness, originality and natural virtuosity of the performances …the album is therefore an unconditional recommendation.'
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
'Ensemble Marsyas plays with an infectious joy of music making...The refinement and the elegance are equally impressive.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...played with tremendous zest and character...a vibrant recording...'
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Europadisc
'Engaging, entertaining, sensitive and remarkably assured, it will appeal to all lovers of Baroque music. Altogether a triumphant disc.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...it’s a rich insight, played with great style and charisma.'
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The Irish Times
5 Stars
'Baroque music gem: The performances by Ensemble Marsyas...are consistently bracing.'
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Fanfare
'The orchestral forces of the Dunedin Consort & Players are nimble, accurate, and highly nuanced...'
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Opera News
'This performance’s two singers exhibit excellent stylistic instincts and an admirable musical rapport.'
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American Record Guide
'I especially like the sunny, smiley sound of the two period oboes.'
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Hannoveraner Tageblatt
„Die von der Solooboe begleitete Arie „Felicissima quest' alma" (Track 13) ist ein echter Ohrwurm, den man immer wieder hören möchte." / 'The aria 'Felicissima quest 'alma', accompanied by the solo oboe, is a real earworm that you want to hear again and again'.
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'It oozes the sort of vibrant woodwind writing that is meat and drink to bassoonist Peter Whelan's crack band...Peter Whelan directs with a stylish verve...'


Andrew Benson-Wilson
'An impressive recording...their playing in consort and solo is outstanding.'
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MusicWeb International
'I find Mhairi Lawson ideal as Dafne...Ensemble Marsyas are precise and sensitive and tempi appear ideally judged. The Edinburgh church in North Leith which is a beautiful classical structure, ideal for this repertoire, adds a lovely resonance especially to the instrumental work.'
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The Scotsman
'Peter Whelan an urgent, compelling director in front of his own period-instrument band...with instrumentalists dancing and swaying along to Whelan's bracing rhythms.'
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Crescendo
« La vaste inspiration haendelienne souffle à chaque instant. »


Classical CD Choice
'... it's hard to imagine a more committed and sympathetic reading of the work than the one presented here.'
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