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Handel and Jennens

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 23 December 2011

During his oratorio career, the most important collaborator Handel worked with was the librettist Charles Jennens, best known for his contribution to Messiah. As a fervent Jacobite, it's likely that Jennens took advantage of the situation and incorporated hidden political messages in the texts addressed to like-minded listeners, drawing parallels between the oratorios' biblical protagonists and the exiled Jacobite King. Donald Macleod introduces examples of each of their collaborations and looks at the part Jennens played in bringing these masterpieces to fruition.

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    George Frideric Handel Messiah

    Conductor: Edward HIGGINBOTTOM Performer: Academy Of Ancient Music Performer: New College Oxford Choir

    NAXOS, 8.-570131-32

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    George Frideric Handel Saul - oratorio in 3 acts

    Conductor: Paul MCCREESH Performer: Nancy ARGENTA - Soprano (Michal) Performer: Neal DAVIES - Baritone (Saul) Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Gabrieli Consort Performer: Gabrieli Players

    ARCHIV, 474-510 2

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    George Frideric Handel Saul - oratorio in 3 acts

    Performer: Andreas SCHOLL - Counter-tenor (David) Performer: Julian CLARKSON - Tenor (Doeg) Performer: Nancy ARGENTA - Soprano (Michael) Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Susan GRITTON - Soprano (Merab) Performer: Gabrieli Consort Performer: Gabrieli Players

    ARCHIV, 474-510 2

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    George Frideric Handel Israel in Egypt - oratorio

    Conductor: Harry CHRISTOPHERS Performer: Caroline TREVOR - Contralto Performer: Neil MACKENZIE - Tenor Performer: The SIXTEEN Performer: Sixteen Orchestra

    Collin Classics, 70352

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    George Frideric Handel L' Allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato - oratorio

    Conductor: John NELSON Performer: Ian BOSTRIDGE - Tenor Performer: Lynne DAWSON - Soprano Performer: Paris Orchestral Ensemble

    VIRGIN CLASSICS, 72435-45417

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    George Frideric Handel Belshazzar - oratorio

    Performer: Arleen AUGER - Soprano (Nitocris) Performer: Catherine ROBBIN - Mezzo-soprano (Cyrus) Performer: James BOWMAN - Counter-tenor (Daniel) Performer: Julia GOODING - Soprano Performer: Trevor PINNOCK - Musical Director Performer: The ENGLISH CONCERT

    ARCHIV, 431-794/6

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