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Echoes of Italy

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 08 March 2013

Though Saxon by birth, Handel is often claimed by the English as one of their own. But during his early 20s, before England was even a glint in his eye, he spent a spell of three-and-a-half years, from summer 1706 to early 1710, travelling the patchwork of states we now know as Italy. He certainly chose an 'interesting' time to go; the War of the Spanish Succession was in full swing, and its reverberations were felt the length and breadth of the Italian peninsula. For most of the period he was based in Rome, but he also visited Florence, Naples and Venice, fulfilling major commissions in each city. All this week, Donald Macleod charts the composer's Italian progress, with the help of novelist, biographer and avid Handelian, Jonathan Keates.

The last of the week's programmes considers the subsequent reverberations of Handel's Italian experience: the Italian cantata movements immortalized in Messiah; the emergence of one of the composer's best-loved works, Acis and Galatea, from its Italian prototype; Handel's hommage to Corelli in his set of 12 concerti grossi; and the oratorio that framed his musical career - a 'triumph' of recycling.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:00

    George Frideric Handel Nò, di voi non vo' fidarmi from Nò, di voi non vo' fidarmi, HWV 189

    Performers: Laura Claycomb, Anna Maria Panzarella (sopranos), Le Concert D’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)

    Virgin:5 45524 2, 3

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:04

    George Frideric Handel So per prova i vostri inganni from Nò, di voi non vo' fidarmi, HWV 189

    Performers: Laura Claycomb, Anna Maria Panzarella (sopranos), Le Concert D’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor)

    Virgin:5 45524 2, 5

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:06

    George Frideric Handel All we like sheep from part 2 of Messiah, HWV 56

    Performers: Choir of The English Concert, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    Archiv:00289 479 0487, 3

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:12

    George Frideric Handel Fra l ombre e glorrori, from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

    Performers: Christopher Purves (bass), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

    Hyperion: CDA67842, 4

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:19

    George Frideric Handel Happy, happy we! / Wretched lovers from Acis and Galatea

    Performers: Nicholas Mulroy (tenor – Acis), Dunedin Consort & Players , John Butt (direction)

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:29

    George Frideric Handel Concerto Grosso in C minor, op.6 no.8, HWV 326

    Performance: Academy of Ancient Music, Andrew Manze (director)

    Harmonia Mundi:HMU 907228.29, 21

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:47

    George Frideric Handel Lascia la spina from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno HWV 46a

    Performers:The London Handel Choir, The London Handel Orchestra, Denys Darlow (conductor)

    Virgin:0946 3 63428 2 5, 16

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:54

    George Frideric Handel Pleasure submits to pain, from The Triumph of Time and Truth,

    Performers: The London Handel Choir, The London Handel Orchestra, Denys Darlow (conductor)

    Hyperion: CDD22050

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