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    Hi All,

    I've spent the last few months amassing as many Beethoven recordings as I possibly can, and during this time found a great piece called "THE CONSECRATION OF THE HOUSE".

    Apparently Beethoven was studying a lot of Handel when he wrote this (contrapuntally insane) overture.

    Would someone be able to recommend a Handel recording of a piece of his (NOT THE MESSIAH) which would be suitable as an introductory listen?

    Cheers!

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    I am a beginner to Handel myself, so I am only able to tell you what works I have. But first I think it would be helpful for us to know why you don't want Messiah recommendations. If it is the religious aspect of the work you don't like, then we can recommend Handel's secular works. If it is the large-scale oratory aspect of Messiah you don't like, then we can recommend other types of works. If it is simply that you already have a recording of Messiah, then I suppose it doesn't matter.

    My Handel collection (excluding Messiah) is as follows:

    Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (Andrew Manze; Academy Of Ancient Music)

    Judas Maccabaeus (Robert King; The King's Consort; Choir of New College Oxford)


    Judas Maccabaeus is a large-scale religious oratory, so it may not be to your liking if you do not like Messiah.

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    No objection to the religious aspect of the Messiah (having such objections would wipe out nearly half of all classical music as a listener!!) - just its popularity.

    I had to wait a while before I was able to appreciate the brilliance of LVB's 9th, it's just thrashed everywhere far too much! So I'd like to start elsewhere with Handel.

    Judas Maccabeus is a brilliant suggestion. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordearl View Post
    Judas Maccabeus is a brilliant suggestion. Cheers!
    The Overture is excellent!

    Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
    - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    I would recommend Handel, Renee Fleming's gorgeous recital of Handel arias. I also greatly recommend Ombra mai fu, a recital of this marvelous countertenor Andreas Scholl. Both Solomon and Alexander's Feast recorded by John Eliot Gardiner are great as well as Alcina with Renee Fleming once again and William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. For instrumental music you might especially like the Keyboard Suites. Although not of the complexity and brilliance of Bach's keyboard works there is some truly marvelous work here... and if you seek out the two bargain-priced sets by Sviatoslav Richter and Andrei Gavrilov you cannot lose.
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    Handel is god. Everybody knows this.

    @lordearl: Beethoven was very fond of Handel's music. He said many times that he was his favorite composer (especially during the later years)

    Suggestion:

    Orchestral: The usual Water music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Concerti grossi op. 6

    Vocal:

    Dixit Dominus
    Acis and Galatea
    Israel in Egypt
    Solomon
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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