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Alexander's Feast
These thrilling Mozart arrangements of Handel’s beloved works are sure to satisfy music lovers everywhere. With all of the texture and brilliance of Mozart’s orchestrations combined with Handel’s originality, these traditional Cecilian odes explore joy, chaos, despair, and praise as they traverse the heights and depths of musical emotion.

Directed by Christopher Hogwood, the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus bring these classics back to a modern audience with the professional and intimate sound for which they have become famous.

Alexander's Feast


All is Bright
The Handel and Haydn Society offers a selection that once again fuses the familiar with new works which are destined to inspire the festive imagination. Sample Jennifer Higdon’s atmospheric O Magnum Mysterium with glasses and chimes, or Eric Whitacre’s harmonious Lux aurumque, alongside longtime favorites such as Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming and The Coventry Carol in a unique arrangement with hand bells. Another special feature is the world premiere recording of Tom Vignieri’s Hodie Christus natus est, commissioned for the Handel and Haydn Society.
All is Bright


Handel Concerti Grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6
This re-issue of Handel’s Concerti Grossi mines the best of the Handel and Haydn Society’s back catalog. Op. 3 and Op. 6, performed on period instruments, are newly compiled and released together for the first time on this 3-CD set.
Handel Concerti Grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6


Handel <i>Messiah</i>
Timed expressly for the Bicentennial, this is H+H’s first recording of Handel’s powerful oratorio under the direction of Artistic Director Harry Christophers. The double CD, recorded live at Symphony Hall in November 2013, is an essential addition to any music lover’s collection.
Handel Messiah


Haydn Arias & Cantatas
Legendary soprano Arleen Auger brings these breathtaking Haydn cantatas and arias to life. Accompanied by Christopher Hogwood and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, Auger contributes not only her rich tone and technical brilliance, but also an intricate and complete understanding of the music to this stunning performance. Authentic and deeply emotional, this is a recording that is not to be missed.
Haydn Arias & Cantatas


Haydn <i>The Creation</i>

Haydn's powerful oratorio, premiered in the US by H+H in 1819, is led by Artistic Director Harry Christophers. Recorded live in Symphony Hall May 2015, now you can bring home the double-CD critics are raving about.

"Harry Christophers captures the full expressive range of Haydn’s The Creation in this luminous and profound version of the popular oratorio with the 200-year-old Handel and Haydn Society of America. The orchestral playing is lithe and exciting, the choral singing crisp and wholesome." - The Scotsman, 2015

Haydn The Creation


Haydn Volume 1

Don’t miss Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky’s first CD release with H+H in Haydn’s rarely-heard Violin Concerto in G Major paired with Haydn’s elegant Symphony No. 6 and jubilant Symphony No. 82.

Part of the Haydn Trilogy. Buy all three Haydn CDs and save 25%!

Haydn Volume 1


Haydn Volume 2

Recorded live at the 2015 All Haydn concerts, this brand new CD showcases Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Le Midi, and Symphony No. 83 in G Minor, La Poule, named for its famous clucking dotted note motif. H+H concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky also stars as soloist and leader in the Violin Concerto in C Major.

Part of the Haydn Trilogy. Buy all three Haydn CDs and save 25%!

Haydn Volume 2


Haydn Volume 3

For the third disc in their acclaimed series, Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society present a new live recording devoted to the master of the symphony - Joseph Haydn. This disc showcases Haydn's Symphony No. 8 Le Soir, which completes the trilogy written for Prince Paul Anton Esterhazy. Also included is the later Symphony No. 84, which shows just how much Haydn's symphonies had transformed from those early years. Not only is it an incredible fusion of grace, brilliance and warmth, but it also contains one of the most striking wind band solos in all of his Paris symphonies. Completing the programme is the Violin Concerto in A major, performed by H+H's fiery and expressive Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.

Part of the Haydn Trilogy. Buy all three Haydn CDs and save 25%!

Haydn Volume 3


Joy to the World: An American Christmas
Hear Harry Christophers' choral magic at work in this CD of holiday favorites and traditional carols, sung by H+H's magnificent chorus. Debuted at #14 on Billboard Traditional Classical Charts! Critics are calling it:

"FRESH AND ARRESTING" -BBC Music Magazine

"SURPRISING AND BEAUTIFUL" -Gramophone

"BOTH TASTEFUL AND ROBUST...CONVEYS A GENUINE COMMUNITY SPIRIT." -The Times (UK)

Joy to the World: An American Christmas


Mozart and Haydn Volume 1
Continuing their acclaimed live series on CORO, the Handel and Haydn Society presents one of Haydn's early Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) symphonies - No. 26 in D minor. More commonly known as 'Lamentatione' because of its association with Easter week, Haydn incorporates an old plainsong chant of the Passion of Christ juxtaposing it against the furious opening theme. The later Paris Symphony No. 86, with its unusual "off-tonic" exposition, shows Haydn at his most inventive and expansive; richly scored it tests the performers' skill and technique to the limit. Completing the programme is Mozart's lively and vibrant Violin Concerto in G major performed by H+H's inspirational Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.
Mozart and Haydn Volume 1


Mozart and Haydn Volume 2
The Handel and Haydn Society presents one of Haydn's early Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) symphonies- No.49 in F Minor, more commonly known as 'La Passione' because of its dark, brooding penitential adagio. Symphony No. 87, the last of the six masterly 'Paris' Symphonies, displays Haydn's astonishing craftsmanship and, along with symphonies 82-86, were the first symphonies since the Sturm und Drang days. The Paris Symphonies blended an approachable and popular style with an inventiveness and broad emotional range that revealed new possibilities in what was still a relatively youthful genre. Completing the programme is Mozart's elegiac and richly beautiful Sinfonia Concertante performed by H+H's inspirational concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky and viola player Max Mandel.
Mozart and Haydn Volume 2


Mozart Coronation Mass
Recorded live in Symphony Hall in spring 2012, Mozart Coronation Mass is the final installment in H+H's Mozart trilogy with Harry Christophers.

Part of the Mozart Trilogy. Buy all three Mozart CDs and save 17%!

Mozart Coronation Mass


Mozart Mass in C Minor
Often referred to as the ‘Great Mass,’ Mozart’s Mass in C Minor is one of the best known and most widely performed of the composer’s mass settings and is generally considered to be one of his greatest works. It is a remarkable union of musical vision and religious text and draws on Mozart’s skill for drama that made his operatic works such a phenomenal success.

Part of the Mozart Trilogy. Buy all three Mozart CDs and save 17%!

Mozart Mass in C Minor


Mozart Requiem
Recorded live during performances on April 29 and May 1, 2011, Mozart's Requiem is the second installment of H+H's Mozart trilogy with Harry Christophers on the CORO label. The track list comprises Mozart's Requiem and Ave verum corpus. The CD also includes the first ever period instrument recording of Mozart's Per questa bella mano, featuring Eric Owens and H+H's own Rob Nairn on double bass.

Part of the Mozart Trilogy. Buy all three Mozart CDs and save 17%!

Mozart Requiem


Peace: A Choral Album for Our Times
Peace is a choral album for our times, a rich collection of popular a capella works such as Barber’s Agnus Dei, John Tavener’s Song for Athene, and Elgar’s Lux Aeterna (Nimrod), alongside lesser-known compositions by Rachmaninov, Schoenberg, and American composers Randall Thompson and Morten Lauridsen. Quite simply, Peace is over one hour of gorgeous and inspiring music.
Peace: A Choral Album for Our Times


The Old Colony Collection
Although the names James Kent, Charles Avison, or Samuel Webbe may not be familiar to today's listeners, 200 years ago these composers and their works were prized for their singability, their musical evocations of the text, and their beautiful sonorities. Rarely recorded, and some works never before recorded, The Old Colony Collection contains a diverse array of compositions that were sung on both sides of the Atlantic and includes anthems and 'glees' as well as selections from Handel's oratorios and arrangements of works by Mozart. This selection features some of the finest examples of works from this fabulous and extensive anthology. This recording features members of the H+H Chorus, organist Ian Watson, and cellist Guy Fishman led by Artistic Director Harry Christophers.
The Old Colony Collection


The Sixteen: Bach Mass in B Minor
Bach's Mass in B minor displays all the ingredients that contribute to his supreme ranking among his peers of any age, and also demonstrates the breadth of compositional skills amassed during his lifetime. It demands choral singing of blistering athleticism but also sensitive, responsive and, at times, majestic orchestral playing coupled with virtuosic obligatos along with a team of soloists who can breathe an immediacy of expression into the words of the mass. All these elements are well to the fore in this magnificent recording.
The Sixteen: Bach Mass in B Minor


The Sixteen: Handel Dixit Dominus
The Sixteen adds to its stunning Handel collection with a brand new recording of Dixit Dominus set alongside a little known treasure—Agostino Steffani’s Stabat Mater. Full of virtuosity, vibrant color, and dynamic energy, Handel’s Dixit Dominus is one of his earliest autographed works and captures the Italian style of the period. By comparison, Steffani’s Stabat Mater was one of his last compositions. This work is the most powerful expression of Steffani’s religious fervor and—outside opera—is his largest, most varied, and most heartfelt composition.
The Sixteen: Handel Dixit Dominus


The Sixteen: Handel Israel in Egypt
Of all Handel's great oratorios, Israel in Egypt is second only to Messiah in drama. It is dominated by massive virtuosic choruses, making it the perfect piece for The Sixteen, acknowledged by audiences and critics alike. It's not surprising that Israel in Egypt is much-performed. Hailstones and lightning, buzzing flies and leaping frogs, are all brilliantly evoked for choir and orchestra in a series of incisive choruses leading us excitedly through the plagues of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea as we follow Moses and the Children of Israel through the story of the Exodus. The epic nature of the story could not be more suited to Handel's genius for story-telling and drama. This CD is based on the first published edition (1771), omitting five arias and two short choruses.
The Sixteen: Handel Israel in Egypt


The Sixteen: Handel <i>Messiah</i>
WINNER OF THE MIDEM CLASSICAL AWARD 2009 FOR CHORAL WORKS

Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel’s best known work, Messiah needs little introduction. Composed in a staggering twenty-four days, Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Not so the following year when it premiered in London to a distinctly hostile reception. It wasn’t until Messiah began to be presented in charity performances at the Foundling Hospital in London that the public started to embrace the work we now regard as Handel’s greatest composition. On this disc The Sixteen and Harry Christophers are joined by four soloists all revered Handelians who have had a long association with The Sixteen.

The Sixteen: Handel Messiah


The Sixteen: Handel <i>Samson</i>
3 CD SET

Samson proved to be one of Handel's most popular oratorios during his lifetime, composed within weeks of Messiah. Thomas Randle sings a commanding title role ("Samson with attitude...." The Independent), with Lynda Russell's vocally seductive Dalila, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers' rich and expressive Micah. Samson opens with a pagan festival and closes with an elegy. Its finale is rightly established as one of the most famous arias of all time. "Let the bright Seraphim in burning row/ Their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow."

The Sixteen: Handel Samson


The Sixteen: Handel <i>Saul</i>
WINNER OF THE GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH

Renowned for their Handel interpretations, Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen, add to their glittering catalogue of Handel discs with this new recording of Saul. In his Biblical oratorio, Saul, Handel wrote an epic work of great and noble drama, and of thrilling musical inventiveness. He gifted singers with roles of vivid characterization, and the soloists on this disc are some of the finest Handelian interpreters of today, including Christopher Purves, a baritone whose talent for dramatic realization is matched by superb musical craftsmanship, and Sarah Connolly, whose intensely radiant performance of David on this CD confirms her status as one of our most sought-after Handel performers. Robert Murray, Elizabeth Atherton and Joélle Harvey, along with The Sixteen regulars, Mark Dobell, Jeremy Budd and Stuart Young, complete the stellar line-up of soloists on this new recording.

The Sixteen: Handel Saul


The Sixteen: Vivaldi Gloria in D Major and Bach Magnificat in D Major
Vivaldi’s Gloria is his best-known sacred work. Here it fittingly complements Bach’s joyful Magnificat. Polished singing and playing from soloists and The Sixteen make this a disc that will please all lovers of this irrepressible music.
The Sixteen: Vivaldi Gloria in D Major and Bach Magnificat in D Major


Aisslinn Nosky: Bach Ysaye
Based on a solo recital in Toronto in April of 2011, H+H Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky released this recording of solo violin works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Eugène Ysaÿe, and Michael Oesterle in 2012.

"...A COMPELLING SHOWCASE FOR A FEARSOMELY POWERFUL MUSICIAN..." -Musical Toronto

Aisslinn Nosky: Bach Ysaye


Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 1 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)
Using period instruments for which the music was originally written, Watson and Ogata strive to reveal not only the clarity of Beethoven's extraordinary musical structure, but also an amazing palette of colors. In doing so, the duo aims to recreate the white-hot intensity of the moment these striking sonatas were first performed.
Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 1 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)


Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 2 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)
Susanna Ogata, violin, and Ian Watson, fortepiano, join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four installments. The second CD in the series features Beethoven's tenth Sonata, Op. 96 in G major, as well as the exquisite 'Spring' Sonata, his fifth, Op. 24 in F major. Using period instruments for which the music was originally written, Watson and Ogata reveal not only the clarity of Beethoven's extraordinary musical structure, but also the beauty and lyricism of these two particular sonatas.
Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 2 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)


Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 3 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)
Susanna Ogata, violin, and Ian Watson, fortepiano, join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four installments. The three sonatas on this volume were published together in 1803 as his Opus 30 and provide a remarkable trilogy displaying amazing variety and sophistication. The wide compositional range of this set demonstrates Beethoven's prowess in creating bucolic, even humorous moments, contrasted with deep intensity, pathos and the truly sublime.
Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 3 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)


Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 4 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)
Susanna Ogata, violin, and Ian Watson, fortepiano, join forces to record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Ludwig van Beethoven in four instalments.
The Opus 12 Sonatas that are explored on this final volume are among the most Mozartian of the sonatas. They are, however, filled with Beethoven's inimitable voice, from the assertive Sonata No. 1, in the violin's most brilliant and sonorous key of D major, the pianistically brilliant No. 3 in E flat with its cascades of triplets and sextuplets. Unmistakeably Beethoven!
Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin Volume 4 (Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata)


Guy Fishman: Vivaldi Seven Cello Concertos
Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, presents a brilliant and energized period-instrument performance of seven miraculous and seminal concertos by the Red Priest, Antonio Vivaldi. Fishman is accompanied by members of the H+H Orchestra.
Guy Fishman: Vivaldi Seven Cello Concertos


Images of Brazil
Lyrical and lively music from Brazil - from 19c Salon favorites to contemporary folk-influenced dances and melodies performed on wooden and silver flutes by H+H flutist Wendy Rolfe, with one of Brazil's great pianists, Maria Jose Carrasqueira.
Images of Brazil


Images of Eve
Warm Romantic to upbeat Brazilian to engaging Contemporary, a captivating mix of music for flute and piano written by women from across the globe. Flutist Wendy Rolfe and pianist Deborah Emery sparkle and charm, with guest Brazilian guitar and percussion.
Images of Eve


Mendelssohn: Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence & Adulthood (Karr-Yang Duo)
Fresh interpretation and technical brilliance imbue “Mendelssohn: Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood,” the first period instrument recording of this repertoire. This debut recording by the New York City based Karr-Yang Duo features three relatively unknown Mendelssohn Piano and Violin Sonatas, including the duo's own version of the unfinished 1838 F major sonata, and the stunning albeit incomplete Fragment in D.
Mendelssohn: Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence & Adulthood (Karr-Yang Duo)


Bicentennial Book
This book is jam-packed with fascinating information not only about the society, but also about 200 years of music-making in early America. There is also a generous offering of illustrations and photos… these make the book as suitable for the historian’s library as it would be on a living room coffee table.
Bicentennial Book


Bicentennial Book (Special Edition)

Special edition is bound in cloth and enclosed in a slipcase.

This book is jam-packed with fascinating information not only about the society, but also about 200 years of music-making in early America. There is also a generous offering of illustrations and photos… these make the book as suitable for the historian’s library as it would be on a living room coffee table.
Bicentennial Book (Special Edition)


Guy Fishman: CPE Bach Cello Concerti
Cellist Guy Fishman releases a follow up to his critically acclaimed Vivaldi Concertos on Olde Focus with this recording of the concerti of C.P.E. Bach. Along with his colleagues from the Handel and Haydn Society, Fishman's performance underscores the angularity, unpredictability, and most of all unique creativity of this music by J.S. Bach's unconventional son.
Guy Fishman: CPE Bach Cello Concerti


The Sixteen: Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Mass in G major
Vivaldi's Gloria is one of sacred music's most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise, with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pieta, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms give it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi's work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G Major complements the Gloria perfectly.
The Sixteen: Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Mass in G major