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    Default Favorite Händel opera/oratorio

    I have several of GF Handel's operas and oratorios, but I'm still hungry for more. I won't say which ones I have so the recommendations aren't influenced by that. Both oratorios and operas can be in the list. Thanks!
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    My favorite in the Messiah... but other favorites include:











    and then there's Solomon, Saul, Giulio Cesare...
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    For the Oratorios

    Acis and Gslatea
    Judas Maccabaeus
    Semele
    Saul
    Israel in Egypt

    And Operas
    Giulio Ceasare
    Tamerlano
    Alcina
    Serse

    I did not forget Messiah; I just do not place it in his top tier.
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    I almost missed this thread. Excellent suggestions above. I can suggest three well worth acquiring items on DVD/Blu-ray as follows for starters. You can also find sample clips on youtube for these productions. You can't go wrong with Mr Handel!

    Acis & Galatea under Christopher Hogwood




    Giulio Cesare in Egitto under William Christie




    Semele under William Christie

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    At this point, Messiah would have to be my favorite seeing as how it is the only one I'm pretty familiar with. But I've recently realized what an absolute treasure trove of Handel opera/oratorio music there is. I've listened to some of it in the past week and it's just brilliant. With the fact that there are 60 to 70+ operas/oratorios, i'd say it will be many, many years before I could truly choose my favorites.
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    I like Gardiner's recording of Handel's Solomon, and Minkowski's recording of Handel's Hercules.

    Both great operas.
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    Solomon along with Israel in Egypt are actually the first 2 that I'm jumping into. I'm really enjoying Solomon so far. I've got the Paul McCreesh version. So much good music!! (Bless'd the day!)
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    1. Alcina
    2. Theodora (heck...both leads die at the end - Damn Valens...
    3. Giulio Cesare
    4. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

    These are the 4 that I like the most. Two operas, Two oratorios.
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    I love Acis & Galathea. I have an excellent recording by the Dunedin Consort and players directed by John Butt!

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    I also own two or three of the cantatas discs on Glossa, I'm definetly checking out Apollo e Dafne.

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    Rinaldo Rinaldo Rinaldo Rinaldo Rinaldo RINALDO!!!! It's my favorite opera if you couldn't tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer View Post
    Rinaldo Rinaldo Rinaldo Rinaldo Rinaldo RINALDO!!!! It's my favorite opera if you couldn't tell.
    Oh, I do like Handel's Rinaldo too, but since I'm Canadian...Flyers Zac Rinaldo throwing haymakers is absolute MUSIC. ~evil grin~ Hey...hockey runs in our blood.



    Crombeen got SMOKED!!!

    I believe this aria pretty much describes it. Sulla Ruota di Fortuna - On the Wheel of Fortune.

    Crombeen got RUN OVER by Rinaldo. Bad turn of the "wheel of fortune". Shoulda gotten off.



    Yeah...Hockey and Baroque Music sort of a weird combination...but then my tastes have always run to the weird.
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