Once again Amazon scores in the 99 Most Essential Masterpieces series. This collection of Handel's music covers a wide range of styles, including choral, orchestral and chamber music, both sacred and secular. And it's all great, with excellent performances throughout. Despite the consecutive numbering, the Messiah here isn't quite complete. But it's nearly complete, and there's plenty of it here to enjoy and fully appreciate Handel's genius. And the performers are first-rate. Most of the other works are complete, and offer a fine survey of Handel's range. Organ lovers will enjoy the many selections here including organ as a solo or ensemble instrument.
There's nearly 5 hours of music here. Handel was very prolific, so there's much more of Handel's music that's not included with this compilation. But to get you started with this great composer, this is a perfect introduction.