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    Handel - Solomon
    Handel - Messiah
    Handel - Theodora
    Bach - St Matthew Passion
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    Vivaldi - Juditha Triumfans
    Monteverdi - Vespro della beata Vergine

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    Despite my favorite baroque era composer being Bach by a long shot (I listen to him nearly every day), the Messiah is my favorite oratorio and my favorite work of the baroque era.

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    Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius
    Bach – St. Matthew Passion
    Bach – St. John Passion
    Handel - Acis snd Galatea
    Handel – Judas Maccabaeus
    Handel – Saul
    Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast
    Schmidt, Franz – The Book of the Seven Seals
    Delius – A Mass of Life
    Bloch - Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh


    Disregarding genre the greatest choral composition of all is Bach's Mass in b minor

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnfan View Post
    Despite my favorite baroque era composer being Bach by a long shot (I listen to him nearly every day), the Messiah is my favorite oratorio and my favorite work of the baroque era.
    You can't go wrong with GFH and the Messiah is tops

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    Not sure who heard of it, but William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, sang it!
    Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne Tragen

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    Handel's Samson for sure !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnfan View Post
    my favorite baroque era composer being Bach by a long shot (I listen to him nearly every day), .
    My favorite baroque era composer is also Bach by a long shot but personally I would list my top 3 Oratorios as probably -

    1) J.S. Bach - St. Matthew Passion
    2) J.S. Bach - St. John Passion
    3) J.S. Bach - Christmas Oratorio
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    My favorite baroque era composer is also Bach by a long shot but personally I would list my top 3 Oratorios as probably -

    1) J.S. Bach - St. Matthew Passion
    2) J.S. Bach - St. John Passion
    3) J.S. Bach - Christmas Oratorio
    Nice. Just a clarification. The St. Matthew and St. John, as suggested, are passions, not oratorios to be painfully technical. Passions and oratorios differ quite significantly from a musical point of view. In Bach's time (and he was careful to use the right words to describe passion and oratorio), the passion was dedicated to telling the story of the life of Jesus Christ, usually according to the gospels of the New Testament. And musically, there was often a narrator, Jesus Christ himself and the chorale (not to be confused with chorus) conveying the story - what actually happened according to the gospels (or other witnesses). Passions were almost certainly used as church services and even the congregations who attended the services may have sung together in the chorales.

    Oratorios on the other hand, as far as the ones that centre around Jesus Christ, do not convey the story of the life of JC but are much more about the message of JC/Christianity in general. This is why Bach described BWV248 as an oratorio. Or indeed, Handel's The Messiah was about the message of Jesus Christ. Both these works lack a narrator, but follow instead more operatic styles of recitative, aria and chorus (with little to no chorale).

    However, the majority of oratorios didn't often centre around the message of Jesus Christ himself but coveyed religious themes from both the Old and New Testaments. This is the usual understanding of "oratorio". The majority of Handel's oratorios were dramatic accounts of other Biblical stories, as were the prevailing use of the oratorio format during the Baroque and Classical periods. Another distinction was that oratorios were often not first performed as part of any church service but could have been performed as an evening's entertainment in a theatre (but often during religious periods nonetheless).

    So tdc, you favourite oratorio is actually BWV248. And a very a lovely one it is. I remember when I first heard its opening chorus and I swept by its majestic qualities.

    As for other oratorios, any of Handel's are pretty damn good!

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    Oh...and of course Haydn's last two oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons were grand masterworks that praised his God about the creation and nature etc.

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    Not exactly sure what constitutes an oratorio, but I love Handel's Messiah, also his St. John's Passion, Resurrection, Dixit Dominis. Also like Vivaldis Gloria. I am going to check out Saint-Saëns 'Christmas Oratorio' too--thanks for the tip. If masses apply, I have several Beethoven Missa Solemnis and two Mass in C. This is a somewhat biased post as I have not heard any others.

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    Three I like which I don't think have been mentioned yet - Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ, Honegger's Le roi David and Tippett's A Child of Our Time.

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    Now this looks interesting too:

    Handel's "Music For The Chapel Royal" which is sung in English.

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    Like the OP Lisztfreak (OMG another Lisztian. Where did he go?), Christus is my favourite. Helmuth Rilling has by far my favourite interpretation. Truly a romantic era choral masterpiece.

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