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    Favorite Handel

    Well, seeing as the site just got started, we do not have many results yet. But please do vote by emailing and then check back soon to see your selections added. You may select one piece for each category below.

    Below are my own favorites at the moment. Note that all of these are chosen reluctantly and somewhat arbitrarily from about a dozen others that I also love.

    Overture: Susanna

    Arias:

    • Soprano: "What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell?" (Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day)
    • Mezzo: "Where shall I fly? Where hide this guilty head?" (Hercules)
    • Alto/Countertenor: "Eternal Source of Light Divine" (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne)
    • Tenor: "From Virtue Springs each Generous Deed" (Theodora)
    • Bass: "O voi dell’Erebo" (La Resurrezione)

  • Duet: "To Thee Thou Glorious Son of Worth" (Theodora)
  • Trio: "The Flocks Shall Leave the Mountains" (Acis and Galatea)
  • Chorus: "O Glorious Prince!" (Belshazzar)
  • Hallelujah Chorus: The one from Athalia
  • Oratorio: Theodora
  • Opera:Rodelinda
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    The following were submitted by Filip from the town of Gent in Belgium, who said he also had trouble narrowing the field:

    Overture: Belshazzar

    Arias:

    • Soprano: "Convey me to some peaceful shore" (Alexander Balus)
    • Mezzo: "Where shall I fly? Where hide this guilty head?" (Hercules)
    • Alto/Countertenor: "Va tacito" (Giulio Cesare)
    • Tenor: "Waft her, angels, through the skies" (Jephtha)
    • Bass: "Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori" (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)

  • Duet: "As steals the morn" (L'allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato)
  • Trio: "Words are weak to paint my fears" (Solomon)
  • Chorus: "When his loud voice in thunder spoke" (Jephtha) or "Praise the Lord" (Solomon)
  • Hallelujah Chorus: The one from Saul
  • Oratorio: Hercules
  • Opera: Giulio Cesare
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    The following were submitted by Dennis from Troy, New York. Click here for an article he wrote celebrating the 250th anniversary of Handel's death:

    Overture: Alcina

    Arias:

    • Soprano: "But O, sad virgin, that thy pow'r" (L'Allegro)
    • Mezzo: "Qual nave" (Radamisto)
    • Alto/Countertenor: "Verdi Prati" (Alcina)
    • Tenor: "Descend, kind pity" (Theodora)
    • Bass: "Tu sei il cor" (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

  • Duet: "As steals the morn" (L'allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato)
  • Trio: "Consolati o bella" (Orlando)
  • Chorus: "May no rash intruder" (Solomon)
  • Hallelujah Chorus: The one from Messiah
  • Oratorio: Theodora
  • Opera: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
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    Another set of favourites, these ones from Gary in Bradford, England.

    Arias:

    • Soprano: "V'Adoro Pupille" (Giulio Cesare)
    • Mezzo: "Verdi Allori" (Orlando)
    • Alto/Countertenor: "Oh Lord Whose Mercies Numberless" (Saul)
    • Tenor: "Waft her, angels, through the skies" (Jephtha)
    • Bass: "How Willing my Paternal Love" (Samson)

  • Duet: "Per le Porte del Tormento" (Sosarme)
  • Trio: "The Flocks Shall Leave the Mountains" (Acis and Galatea)
  • Chorus: "As from the Powers of Sacred Lays" (Ode for St. Cecilia's Day)
  • Hallelujah Chorus: The one from Messiah
  • Oratorio: Theodora
  • Opera: Orlando
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    These ones come from Daniel in Costa Rica.

    Overture: Samson

    Arias:

    • Soprano: "But who may abide" (Messiah)
    • Mezzo: "O thou that tellest" (Messiah)
    • Alto/Countertenor: "The day that gave great Anna birth" (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne)
    • Tenor: "Sound an alarm" (Judas Maccabaeus)
    • Bass: "The trumpet shall sound" (Messiah)

  • Duet: "O, never never bow we down" (Judas Maccabaeus)
  • Trio: "The Flocks Shall Leave the Mountains" (Acis and Galatea)
  • Chorus: "From the Censer" (Solomon)
  • Hallelujah Chorus: The one from Occasional Oratorio
  • Oratorio: Solomon
  • Opera: Rinaldo
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