Started by Tancata, July 10, 2007, 01:25:37 PM
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QuoteI'm not a major Handelian; I'm content to own a representative sampling from the operas and oratorios, perhaps a dozen of each. Of the operas, my absolute favorite is Orlando (and that in an unfortunately cut, unfortunately LP-only version with Sofia Steffan conducted by Stephen Simon); other great ones are Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, Alcina, and Rodelinda. Saul, Hercules, Israel in Egypt, Jephtha, and Theodora are among the greatest of the oratorios, but I find them all somewhat uneven. And yet just when Handel seems to be note-spinning on automatic pilot, you encounter a staggering chorus like "Jealousy" from Hercules or "The People Shall Hear" from Israel in Egypt, and it all becomes worth it.
Quote from: Anne on July 11, 2007, 04:55:31 AMThanks for the reply, Cantata. I really appreciate it.
Quote from: Tancata on July 11, 2007, 03:43:43 AMWho said anything about note-spinning? 0:)
Quote from: donwyn on July 11, 2007, 06:28:28 AMLarry touches on it in the post of his you quoted and you asked for "more thoughts along these lines"...
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