Oratorio Music Recordings

An oratorio is a large scale work for orchestra, choir, and soloists. In most formal aspects its similar to the opera, but the oratorio is meant as a concert piece rather than a form of musical theater. Also, in their beginnings, oratorios tended to use themes from either the Bible or the lives of the Saints, rather than secular stories. The form later opened to extra-religious influences.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75 Georg Friedrich Händel Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Christ in the Mount of Olives, Op. 85 Ludwig van Beethoven Choir and Orchestra Romantic
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Elijah, Op.70 Felix Mendelssohn Orchestra Romantic
Hallelujah, from Messiah, HWV 56 Georg Friedrich Händel Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Israel in Egypt Georg Friedrich Händel Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Jephte Giacomo Carissimi Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Jonas Giacomo Carissimi Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 Georg Friedrich Händel Choir and Orchestra Baroque
St. Matthew's Passion, BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
The Creation, Hob. XXI:2 Franz Joseph Haydn Choir and Orchestra Classical
The Crucifixion John Stainer Choir and Instrument Romantic
Via Crucis, S.53 Franz Liszt Organ Romantic