"From the Censer" could have been the inspiration for Moderation of Internet Forums 250 years later!!!When I was starting out with Handel's oratorios, I found these two box sets immensely helpful:
John Eliot Gardiner doing Israel in Egypt, Jephtha, Saul and Solomon.
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and Christopher Hogwood doing Messiah, Athalia, Esther and Resurrezione.
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Solomon is probably my favourite as it contains many joyous and jubilant choruses, e.g. "From the Censer" which kicks off Act 2:
I posted this three years ago. My view hasn't changed. Mr. Consistency!!!I would recommend Jephtha as being on the level of Messiah. It is the last oratorio Handel wrote and is a fitting cap to a glorious career. Also Semele and Solomon are both extraordinary.
Choose Gardiner for any of them and you won't go wrong.