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Händel Highlights ()

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Getting acquainted with a composer's work is made much easier with a comprehensive, multi-disc sampler than with a single-disc compilation, and that is why this triple-decker from Berlin Classics is a helpful introduction to the glorious music of George Frederick Handel. Because much of his prolific output was composed in the large forms of operas and oratorios, one or two excerpts from Messiah, the Largo from Xerxes, or a chorus from Judas Maccabaeus can't be representative of his music; and a few selections from his celebrated orchestral suites Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks do little to satisfy the needs of budding collectors. To that end, this survey presents generous servings of Handel's most popular pieces, often in ample sections from the longest works, and in a few instances, whole concertos and suites. The performances by established artists, such as Arleen Augér, Gundula Janowitz, Christiane Oelze, Helmut Koch, along with several excellent German ensembles, are reliably... Hide synopsis

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