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In England, oratorios were often performed at benefit concerts. Large-scale vocal works could draw large crowds, and the pious messages they contained were aimed at drawing forth donations for worthy causes. Some English oratorios were imported to Vienna and translated to be used for similar purposes. The aristocratic patron Baron Gottfried von Swieten was especially active in commissioning arrangements of oratorios for his “Composer’s Society” to raise money for retired musicians. These concerts were not always successful, so Swieten occasionally commissioned oratorio arrangements for select private audiences.

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George Frideric Handel: And the Glory of the Lord Shall be Revealed
Handel and Haydn Society/Andrew Parrott — Handel arr. Mozart: Messiah (Arabesque Recordings, 2000)
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George Frideric Handel: And the Glory of the Lord Shall be Revealed
Handel and Haydn Society/Andrew Parrott — Handel arr. Mozart: Messiah (Arabesque Recordings, 2000)
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Bernstein, Leonard: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein — Bernstein Century (Sony Classical, 1997)
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Borodin, Alexander: Polovetsian Dances from "Prince Igor"
Ames Piano Quartet — The Russian Piano Quartet (Dorian Recordings, 2000)
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Dufay, Guillaume: Supremum est mortailbus
Huelgas Ensemble/Paul van Nevel — O gemma lux (Harmonia Mundi, 2000)
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Rodrigo, Joaquin: Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, "Canario"
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/John Eliot Gardiner — Highlights from the Julian Bream Edition (RCA, 1993)
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Donizetti, Gaetano: Act III, s. 2, "Mad Scene"
The Hanover Band/Charles Mackerras — Lucia di Lammermoor (Sony, 1998)
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Harrison, Lou: !. Kunsonoro kaj Gloro, Strofo 4
American Gamelan, Berkeley Chorus — La Koro Sutro (New Albion Records, 2009)
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Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto in g minor for 2 Cellos, II. Largo, III. Allegro
Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon, conductor, Christina Mahler, Allen Whear, Cellos — A Baroque Feast (Analekta, 2007)
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Schubert, Franz: Sei mir Gegrüsst (I Greet You)
Oxana Yablonskaya — Franz Liszt: Schubert Song Transcriptions (Naxos, 2000)
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Grieg, Edvard: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Will Bradley — Will Bradley and Ray McKinley: Best of the Big Bands (Sony, 1991)
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Prokofiev, Sergei: Introduction - Montagues and Capulets, Departure of the Guests - Gavotte
San Francisco Symhphony, Michael Tilson Thomas — Romeo and Juliet (RCA, 2004)
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Muhl, Erica: Range of Light
Cleveland Chamber Symphony — Range of Light: Selected Chamber Works (Albany Records, 2004)
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Rachmaninov, Sergei: All By Myself
Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band — All By Myself (BMG International, 1999)
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