01-06-2013, 08:30 PM
Hello eveyrone.

I hope this is the right topic for my post and that people here will be able to help me out, because a lot of music websites contain incomplete or no info at all, and I really don't know where to look for the answers anymore.

I m a big fan of baroque music, especially Handel and Bach. I want to collect Handel's entire works PERFORMED ON PERIOD INSTRUMENTS. I have done some research already and labels like Brilliant have released Bach's complete works, but there doesn't seem to be anything out there for Handel, except for The Masterworks, of which all the reviews say it's incomplete.

Then I just found out about the Handel Edition, released by Warner Music, but yet again no one seemed to be able to tell me if it was complete or not. The samples really made me want to buy the box sets, but the thing is... they're rather expensive. The Complete Works of Bach are on the pirate bay, which made it really easy to get them, but sadly it isn't the case with Handel.

So what I'd like to know is, does anyone here either have that Handel Edition set, or are there people out here who have Haendel's complete works performed on period instrumnets? I already have good recordings of most of Handel's instrumental music, but I am really intersted in his vocal music. I know someone who has that Brilliant set, but they don't use period instruments there which sounds really horrible. Handel should be listened to on period instruments, in my opinion.

I'd like to conclude with a final note: could anyone who has the Handel Edition, or (vocal) music by Haendel on period instruments let me know? I am prepared to trade Handel's music for recording sessions via PM, if need be. All help would be deeply appreciated.