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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel, born Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) - a German-born British classical composer. George Frideric Handel is one of the greatest composers in the world for all time. His most famous and popular works are oratorios, orchestral works, concertos and operas.

Best Operas

Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar), 1724

Rodelinda, 1725

Alcina, 1735

Serse (Xerxes), 1738

Semele, 1744

Teseo, 1713

Orlando, 1733

Tamerlano, 1724

Agrippina, 1709

Rinaldo, 1711

Ariodante, 1735

We highly recommend to buy the best version of Rodelinda on DVD:
Handel - Rodelinda / Antonacci, Scholl, Streit, Chiummo, Winter, Stefanowicz, Christie, Glyndebourne Opera

Best Oratorios

Messiah, 1742

Judas Maccabaeus, 1749

Saul, 1739

The Choice of Hercules,1750

Athalia, 1733

Theodora, 1749

Brockes Passion, 1719

Samson, 1743

La resurrezione, 1708

We highly recommend to buy the great version of Judas Maccabaeus with a fine cast, led by Guy De Mey, Lisa Saffer, Patricia Spence and David Thomas with University of California Berkeley Chamber Chorus and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan:

Best Concertos

Concerto Grosso in D minor Op.6 No.10 HWV328

Concerto grosso in C major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast"

Concerto Grosso in G minor Op.6 No.6 HWV324

Concerto Grosso in F major Op.6 No.2 HWV320

Organ Concerto HWV 295 "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"

Best Orchestral Works

Water Music (HWV 348-350)

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

We highly recommend to buy the great recordings of Concerti grossi Op.6 and Op.3, with Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks or Handel Complete Orchestral Recordings (the same as the first set +Organ concertos, Oboe Concertos, Concerti a due cori, Overtures and Sinfonias) by English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock:

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