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Quote from: Jo498 on November 14, 2017, 11:31:39 AMIt's certainly worth getting. I have all but three of the included recordings (Messiah, Jephtha and Theodora). They are all major works, except Esther and Athalia, and most of the recordings are among the best. Although this does not mean so much because for many of them there are only about 3-5 recordings available, they are all very good. And most of the major pieces are included. (There are few more out there with even fewer recordings, mostly on Hyperion, such as Joshua, Joseph, Alexander Balus...)A small flaw is that the version of Israel in Egypt is the 2-part-one (but if you like the piece, Parrott's recording of the 3-part version is on a cheap twofer).
Quote from: mc ukrneal on November 14, 2017, 10:44:13 AMIs this worth getting? The Oratorios are a huge hole in my collection (I think I have just messiah).
Quote from: Handelian on November 07, 2020, 02:48:38 AMThis is a fabulous set. Four discs by great performers:
Quote from: Jo498 on November 07, 2020, 07:23:30 AMI don't think so. The Hunt-disc in the set above is mixed from operas and oratorios (e.g. "He was despised" that was sung originall by that English actress, not by an Italian diva). These sets were cheap arount the anniversary 11 years ago but the discs are of course also in principle findable separately and all worth getting. I also have the set shown and it is in fact very good. The 9 German Arias are not the most exciting music but beautiful contemplative little pieces. And the Scholl disc was at least when it originally appeared around 2000? one of the most spectacular countenor Handel disc with great accompaniment (brilliant horn solo in Va tacito from Giulio Cesare), including a very good "Alexander's Feast" concerto as a filler.
Quote from: Biffo on November 07, 2020, 07:49:41 AMThanks for the info. I have found the box set on Amazon.co.uk and it has the reverse cover giving outline details - the Hunt disc is different from the one I have; it has the same conductor and orchestra and there may be some overlap in the Italian arias. Worth considering.
Quote from: Dancing Divertimentian on June 13, 2009, 08:41:11 AMDave,In the Handel opera/oratorio arena the choices are burgeoning but probably the cheapest way to go and still get quality goods is Gardiner on Philips as quite a few of his recordings are 'old' enough to be released as reissues. They're not quite two-for-one prices but still better than full price. I'd probably elect Gardiner's Agrippina as a safe next purchase - it's full of wonderful yet never hammy melodies and, price aside, is another of my favorite Handel operas. Although it's quite lengthy at three discs, but worth it.
Quote from: Scion7 on November 14, 2020, 12:25:41 PMAre you related to MadAboutMahler? Your enthusiasm borders on ..... insanity!Do you know Camille Saint-Saens did much to bring awareness of Handel's music to the French?
Quote from: Handelian on November 07, 2020, 10:23:56 AMThe four disc set is really wonderful. I've had it some years and it also has Padmore's 'As steals the morn' recital which was highly praised. Also a Scholl recital too. So good stuff!
Quote from: Handelian on November 07, 2020, 11:22:13 AMOne of Handel's finest operas with a superb cast. Dessay has to be heard to be believed.
Quote from: Handelian on November 13, 2020, 02:48:11 AMLoraine Hunt was taken from us far too early. These Handel arias are ravishing.
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