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Hey Johnboy,
I'm a big fan of choral music myself, and one piece that always evokes a particularly positive feeling in me is 'Zadock the Priest' by Handel. Bach's and Handel's choral works generally tend to be quite uplifting, but if you want something a bit heavier then I would recommend Haydn's 'Insanae et Vanae Curie' which alternates between some extremely dramatic sections and then beautifully flowing and soothing sections.
Also, if you're a novice in this field then I think you should definately get yourself a really kick-*** recording of Beethoven's 9th, as it's definately a must have for any classical fan. Personally I like the Orchestra Revolutionaire's recording (a very underrated orchestra) but it doesn't really matter a great deal if you're not familiar with many orchestras!
Basic choral/operatic works you might wana lay your hands on would be-
Mozart's requiem in C Minor
Faure's Requiem
Handel's Messiah
Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Haydn's Creation
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven's Fidelio
Puccini's Madame Butterfly
Verdi's- La Traviata
Mendelssohn's Elijah

Hope some of that appeals to you. If not I could recommend for hours :p
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