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babbage0111 Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:29 AM
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Handel Oratorios
Any Handel Oratorio nuts out there? I have collected them all on CD and study the music as well as librettos. I use my one-hour commute to work to play them. I am fascinated by that period in european history and use Handel as a jumping off point for my historical studies as well. In fact, I have started an earnest study of the old testament to get more insight into the oratorio themes.

Yes, I'm crazy. Any other crazies out there?

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TheDoorbellRang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-26-07 06:11 PM
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1. I just am familiar with "Messiah"
A sentimental favorite of mine at Christmas. So, I'm not "crazy" for Handel, just mildly unhinged, I guess. :silly:
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-26-07 11:46 PM
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2. Have you heard the new recording of "Il trionfo del tempo...
Edited on Sun Aug-26-07 11:48 PM by CBHagman
...e del disinganno"? (Yeah, I hadn't heard of the work before now either. :blush:) It's a secular oratorio, absolutely gorgeous, and you must hear the soloists and the ensemble, Le Concert d'Astree.

You can watch a video of a couple of the selections on either YouTube or the EMI Classics site. That Pavol Breslik is quite a find, which is not to say that Natalie Dessay, Ann Hallenberg, and Sonia Prina are chopped liver!

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtaXWqOvtCw

The EMI Classics site. To watch video, click on the link on the left side.

http://www.emiclassics.com/releaseabout.php?rid=11692

Review from the Guardian newspaper:

http://music.guardian.co.uk/classical/reviews/story/0,,...
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