Handel: Ombra mai fu (from Serse) (Largo from Xerxes)

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Handel: Romantic Organ Transcriptions

Handel: Romantic Organ Transcriptions


Overture to the Occasional Oratorio, HWV62

arr. William Thomas Best

Keyboard Suite, HWV 434 in B flat major

arr. William Thomas Best

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

arr. George Clement Martin

Saul: Sinfonia

arr. William Thomas Best

Saul: Sinfonia (Act 2)

arr. Alexandre Guilmant

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

arr. Francis Cunningham Woods

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

arr. Théodore Dubois

Prelude and Fugue in F minor

arr. Alexandre Guilmant

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

arr. William Thomas Best

Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!

arr. Alexandre Guilmant

Messiah: Lift up your heads

arr. Alexandre Guilmant

Massimo Gabba (Mascioni organ of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Alessandria (Italy))

The art of transcription has been a part of the history of keyboard instruments since the Renaissance period, a time that saw the first publishing of sacred as well as secular vocal works. In the 19th century, however, the trend entered its golden age, thus satisfying the domestic music-making appetite of the bourgeoisie across Europe and reflecting technological advances in mechanisms such as the organ. This release is dedicated towards this king of instruments, whose expansion into concert-like proportions allowed the music of Handel to flourish in particular.

The recording is based on a selection of the Baroque composer's most famous works, arranged by some of the 19th century's greatest organ virtuosos. As well as W.T. Best, who gave about 100 recitals a year for 40 years and who published two great collections -- of which Handel's Choruses, selected and arranged for the Organ is included here -- there features transcriptions by the likes of George C. Martin (organist of St Paul's Cathedral), F.C. Woods, Théodore Dubois (organist at the Madeleine in Paris) and Alexandre Guilmant (organist of Saint-Trinité in paris and a noted concert performer). The two symphonies of Saul, Zadok the Priest and excerpts from the Messiah are just some of the works contained on this engaging release.

Performed by Massimo Gabba at the Mascioni organ of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Alessandri (Italy), Romantic Organ Transcriptions details a fascinating area of 19th-century music-making and exposes the predilection for all things Baroque at that time. Gabba explores the full gamut of the instrument, revealing the immense variety of timbres and characteristic grandeur that the organ came to attain during the 1800s.

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Fritz Wunderlich: Arias

Fritz Wunderlich: Arias


Ach, so fromm (from Martha)


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Messiah: Comfort ye my people and Ev'ry valley shall be exalted

Messiah: He that dwelleth in heaven … Thou shalt break them


Gefesselt steht der breite See (from Die Jahreszeiten)


Dalla sua pace (from Don Giovanni)

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)

Konstanze, Konstanze...O wie ängstlich (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)


Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Viene la sera (from Madama Butterfly)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Strauss, J, II:

Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau'n (from Die Fledermaus)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Adieu, Mignon! Courage! (Mignon)


Ingemisco (from Requiem)


Mit Gewitter und Sturm (from Der Fliegende Hollander)


Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös’ from Der Vogelhändler

Alto - ALC1162



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The Opera Album 2011

The Opera Album 2011


Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Tatiana Troyanos (mezzo)

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Plácido Domingo (tenor)

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Magdalena Kozená (mezzo)


Sous le dôme épais (from Lakmé)

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Jane Berbié (mezzo)


Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)


Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Pilar Lorengar (soprano)


Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)


Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux (from Faust)

Richard Bonynge


Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)


Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)


Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja (from Die Zauberflöte)

Hermann Prey (baritone)

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Ingvar Wixell (baritone), Mirella Freni (soprano)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Patricia Petibon (soprano)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Huguette Tourangeau (mezzo)

Le jugement de Pâris - Au Mont Ida (from La Belle Hélène)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)


Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly)

Giuseppe Sinopoli

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)

Montserrat Caballé (soprano)

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)


Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Leo Nucci (baritone)


Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Marilyn Horne (mezzo)


Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Sir Georg Solti

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Plácido Domingo (tenor), Ileana Cotrubas (soprano)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

José Carreras (tenor)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)

Rolando Villazón (tenor)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Silvio Varviso

Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)


Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Birgit Nilsson (soprano)

This magnificent collection features the some of the greatest opera stars of all time:

Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Andrea Bocelli Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, Plácido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras.

With a carefully chosen selection of perennially popular arias, duets and choruses, this enchanting collection creates the perfect introduction to opera.

With 40 tracks and over 2½ hours of music this collection is outstanding value for money.

Includes Pavarotti’s classic recording of the most popular opera aria of all, Puccini’s ‘Nessun dorma’.

Decca - 4782947

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Favourite Baroque Arias

Favourite Baroque Arias

Bach, J S:

Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208


Ode for St Cecilia's Day: The trumpet's loud clangor

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Semele: Where'er you walk

O ruddier than the Cherry (from Acis and Galatea)

Joshua: Heroes, when with glory burning

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

Alexander's Feast: Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries

Samson: How willing my paternal love

Samson: Let the bright seraphim


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Sol da te, mio dolce amore (from Orlando furioso)


Arise ye subterranean winds

John-Mark Ainsley, Gillian Fisher, Michael George & James Bowman

King’s Consort, Robert King

Alto - ALC1102



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Winter Lullabies

Winter Lullabies


O Holy Night


Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, Op. 17 No. 1


En Priere

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Ave verum corpus, Op. 65 No. 1

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Goodall, H:

Winter Lullabies


La salutation angelique


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)


Psalm 23 'Gott ist mein Hirt', D706

Ave Maria, D839

An exciting major new commission from the pen of composer and TV star Howard Goodall, framed by famous, gentle, approachable music for winter and Christmas, sung by the heavenly boys' voices of Christ Church cathedral choir

The Gift of Music - CCLCDG1155



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Marian Nowakowski: The Great Polish Bass in Opera, Oratorio and Song

Marian Nowakowski: The Great Polish Bass in Opera, Oratorio and Song


How goes it? (from Prince Igor)


Hulanka (Merrymaking), Op. 74 No. 4


Old Corporal


Oh, I got plenty o'nuttin (Porgy and Bess)


Messiah: The People that walked in darkness

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)


When the King Went Forth To War, Op. 7 No. 6




Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor): Skoluba's Aria


Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Oh, wie will ich triumphieren (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

In diesen heil'gen Hallen (from Die Zauberflöte)


Dostig Ya Vyshey Vlasti (from Boris Godunov)

Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea

Rimsky Korsakov:

Song of the Viking Guest (from Sadko)


Song of the Volga Boatmen


Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)


O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Marian Nowakowski (bass)

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Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall

Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall


Over my head I hear music in the air

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)


Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

E pur così in un giorno ... Piangerò, la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)


S'il est un charmant gazon, S284

Comment, disaient-ils (Hugo), S276

Enfant, si j'étais roi (Hugo), S283

O quand je dors (Hugo), S282


Als Luise die Briefe, K520

Ridente la calma, K152


Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

Oh, never to see me again

Strauss, J, II:

Mein Herr Marquis (from Die Fledermaus)

Strauss, R:

Amor, Op. 68 No. 5

An die Nacht, Op. 68 No. 1


Good News

He's Got The Whole World

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Kathleen Battle (soprano), Margot Garrett (piano)

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DG - 4354402

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Fritz Wunderlich: Die unvergessene Stim

Fritz Wunderlich: Die unvergessene Stim


O sole mio

Curtis, E:

Non ti scordar di me

Sung in German as 'Vergiss mein nicht'

Giordani, G:

Caro mio ben


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)


Zwei Märchenaugen (from Die Zirkusprinzessin)

Lara, Augustin:



O Mädchen, mein Mädchen (from Friederike)

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)

Es steht ein Soldat am Wolgastrand (from Der Zarewitsch)


Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S. 314


Lied: Vater, Mutter, Schestern, Bruder (from Undine)


Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei (from Der Bettelstudent)


Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)

Strauss, J, II:

Als flotter Geist (from Der Zigeunerbaron)


Grüß euch Gott, alle miteinander (from Der Vogelhändler)

Wie mein Ahn’l zwanzig Jahr (from Der Vogelhändler)

Ariola - 610230



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Mormon Tabernacle Organ

Mormon Tabernacle Organ

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Chorale from Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

Franck, C:

Pièce héroïque, M37


Grand Choeur dialogue

Pièces (10) pour orgue, 1892: Toccata in B minor


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)


Voluntary in G

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster


Organ Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 13 No. 4: III. Andante cantabile

John Longhurst (organ)

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Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich


Lucidissima face (from La Calisto)


Ombra mai fu (from Serse)


Libro Nono di Magrigali e Canzonette: Si dolce è'l tormento


Stabat Mater


Sonata Variata in D minor


Pièces à tre viola da gamba: Chaconne


Jesu spes mea

Ave Regina Caelorum


Christe eleison ZWV29

Nicholas Spanos (counter-tenor)

Pandolfis Consort

From Claudio Monteverdi to J. S. Bach, the album Adoration by Pandolfis Consort with counter tenor Nicholas Spanos spans one century of baroque music history. Despite the stylistic developments that took place over this period there are still mand aspects that these pieces have in common: the calm steps taken by the basso ostinato, the delicate, polyphonic weaving of the instruments and the melancholic, touchingly clear vocal part. Historical instruments and intense study of historical performance practice provide for exciting soundscapes. Besides Monteverdi and Bach, the Arias, Madrigals, Motets and instrumental Sonatas were composed also by lesser known composers from Italy, Germany/Austria and Poland like Giovanni Felice Sances, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Theodor Schwartzkopff, Stanislaw Sylwester Szarzynski, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Francesco Cavalli. Nicholas Spanos initially studied in Greece with Aris Christofellis. He subsequently continued his studies at the music faculty of the University of Maryland (USA) in the song studio of Linda Mabbs as a scholarship student of the Athens Society of the Friends of Music; at the same time he also worked there as an assistant and took his master's degree in voice and opera performance. In 2013 Nicholas Spanos took a post-graduate course in Lied and oratorio (class of Charles Spencer) at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. He has taken part in numerous master courses given by prominent teachers such as Kurt Equiluz, Delores Ziegler, Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Michael Chance. He has regularly worked together with ensembles such as the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, the Camerata Stuttgart, the Clemencic Consort, the Orchestra 1756 Salzburg, the National Opera of Greece, Megaron the Athens Concert Hall, the State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the Greek National Theatre and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Pandolfis Consort was founded in 2004 by Elzbieta Sajka-Bachler, viola player und graduate of Kraków Music Academy to bring rarely performed works by famous or forgotten composers to a wider public. The ensemble has in the intervening period established itself and is regularly invited to perform at international festivals in Poland, Austria, Finland, Spain, Italy, Holland and Slovakia. The performance of Bach's St John Passion in the Radiokulturhaus Vienna and the appearance at the Ö1 festival Italia mia with a live broadcast in ORF (Austrian radio) attracted international interest. From 2007 to 2013 the Pandolfis Consort organized a cycle «Music in the Deutschordenskirche» in Vienna and since 2013 has been host of the International Heinrich Ignaz Biber Festival in Vienna. The ensemble's repertoire extends from early Baroque to Classic to modern music and also includes contemporary compositions written for the Consort. The ensemble's period instruments set composers the interesting task of adapting their modern tonal language and in this way finding new sounds. In 2012 the ensemble gave the first performances of commissioned compositions by Johanna Doderer (Austria) and Stanley Grill (USA) and, in Innsbruck in 2014, of two works by Tyrolean composer, Franz Baur. The Pandolfis Consort generally gives concerts in its standard formation of four musicians but also performs with well-known singers or additional instrumentalists. The use of theorbo and cello in the continuo contributes to the special sound of the Consort.

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