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G.F. Handel in his 20s and 30s

It is not usual to see the young Handel... Anyway I'm not going to demonstrate that he has been slim. I'm sharing some of the operas premiered in his first 20 years of career in the theatres (actually 18 years). I had never listened to any until recently and I decided to make this post for other beginners like me. There is much good music, even if the plot is often not so engaging. By the way, if you happen to find the miniature shown here, give it back to the Händel-Haus in Halle where it was stolen in 1948. Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) Cantate italiane Diana cacciatrice, Il consiglio, Armida abbandonata, Delirio amoroso, Ero e Leandro, "Spande ancor a mio dispetto", "Ah, crudel, nel pianto mio", "Cuopre talvolta il cielo" Emanuela Galli, Roberta Invernizzi, Raffaella Milanesi, Salvo Vitale, Furio Zanasi La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni Amadeus AM217-2 (2007) [flac, cue, log, scans] Rodrigo (Vincere se stesso è la maggior vittoria) Gloria Banditelli, Sandrine Piau, Elena Cecchi Fedi, Rufus Müller, Roberta Invernizzi, Caterina Calvi Il Complesso Barocco Alan Curtis Virgin 5 45897 2 (1999) [flac, cue, log, scans] La resurrezioneOratorio Nancy Argenta, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Marijana Mijanovic, Marcel Reijans, Klaus Mertens Combattimento Consort Amsterdam Jan Willem de Vriend Challenge Classics CC 72120 (2001) [flac, cue, log, covers] Agrippina Della Jones, Alastair Miles, Derek Lee Ragin, Michael Chance,  Donna Brown English Baroque Soloists John Eliot Gardiner Philips 438 009-2 (1997) [flac, cue, log, scans] Rinaldo Ileana Cotrubas, Carolyn Watkinson, Jeanette Scovotti, Paul Esswood, Charles Brett, Ulrik Cold La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy Jean-Claude Malgoire Sony SM3K 34 592 (1997). Recorded 1977 [flac, cue, log, scans] Esther. Oratorio Lynda Russell, Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, Thomas Randle, Mark Padmore, Michael George The Sixteen Harry Christophers Regis RRC2025 (2003) [flac, cue, log, scans] Showing cover of Collins Classics 70402 (1996)  Flavio Jeffrey Gall, Derek Lee Ragin, Lena Lootens, Bernarda Fink Ensemble 415 René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMX 2901312.13 (2003). Recorded 1989 [flac, cue, log, scans] Giulio Cesare Jennifer Larmore, Barbara Schlick, Bernarda Fink, Marianne Rørholm, Derek Lee Ragin Concerto Köln René Jacobs Harmonia Mundi HMX 2901385.87 (2003). [flac, cue, log, covers] Tamerlano Nancy Argenta, Jane Findlay, Derek Lee Ragin, Michael Chance, Nigel Robson, René Schirrer English Baroque Soloists John Eliot Gardiner Erato 2292-45408-2 (1985) [flac, cue, log, scans]  Rodelinda Sophie Danemann, Daniel Taylor, Adrian Thompson, Catherine Robbin, Robin Blaze, Christopher Purves Raglan Baroque Players Nicholas Kraemer Virgin 5 45277 2 (1998) [flac, cue, log, scans] A boring performance!

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