George Frideric Handel

Born 23 February 1685. Died 14 April 1759
George Frideric Handel
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1685-02-23
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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel Biography (BBC)

Born in Halle in central Germany, George Frideric Handel was lured from his intended career in law by music, and had his first opera produced in Hamburg before he was 20.

The following year he took himself to the fount of all things operatic, Italy, where a four year stay added a new sophistication and finish to his already notable abilities. Many of his most brilliant vocal works date from this time, including the choral psalm-setting Dixit Dominus, the opera Agrippina and the oratorio La resurrezione.

Handel emerged from his Italian experience looking for a career in opera, and after a brief period in Hanover was soon in London, scoring a significant success in 1711 with the spectacular Rinaldo. Over the next 30 years he was to compose around 40 Italian operas for the London stage, the climaxes of his achievement coming in 1724–5 with Giulio Cesare, Tamerlano and Rodelinda, and in 1735, the year of Ariodante and Alcina.

At the same time he gained a sure foothold with the British establishment, cultivating wealthy patrons and winning prestigious royal commissions, including the four anthems which he composed for the coronation of George II in 1727. That year he also became a British citizen.

During the 1730s English interest in Italian opera waned, and Handel was forced to look elsewhere for a living. His solution, oratorio in English, has fixed his position on the British musical landscape ever since. His first English oratorio, Esther of 1732, was an adaptation of an earlier stage work, but by the end of the decade a number of striking original works had followed, including Saul and Israel in Egypt. For a while he composed oratorios alongside operas, but by the early 1740s oratorio had won the day, buoyed by the successes of Messiah in Dublin in 1742 and Samson in London the following year. The ensuing decade saw a stream of notable oratorios, culminating in 1751 in his last masterpiece, Jephtha.

Handel’s greatness as a composer has been acknowledged from his time to ours, even if perceptions of exactly why have changed. During the 19th century and much of the 20th he was seen as the great religious artist, noble master in the oratorios of vast choral sound and intimate pious sentiment, but in recent decades he has come to be appreciated for the more worldly slant of his operas, whose penetrating psychological insight and broad human compassion have won him a position in the front rank of musical dramatists. What has never been in dispute, however, is his easy skill as a composer, his healthy cosmopolitanism, and the sheer tunefulness and charm of his music.

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George Frideric Handel Biography (Wikipedia)

George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (born Georg Friedrich Händel (listen); 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759) was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle-upon-Saale and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. Musicologist Winton Dean writes that his operas show that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never composed an Italian opera again. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

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George Frideric Handel
Organ concerto in G minor Op.7 no.5
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Organ concerto in G minor Op.7 no.5

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Messiah: Part 1, Symphony
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Messiah: Part 1, Symphony
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Chaconne and Variations in G major, HWV 435
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Chaconne and Variations in G major, HWV 435
George Frideric Handel
These labours past (Jephtha)
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These labours past (Jephtha)
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Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 3 No 3
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Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 3 No 3
George Frideric Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Rejouissance
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Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Rejouissance
George Frideric Handel
"Heart, the seat of soft delight", from Acis and Galatea
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"Heart, the seat of soft delight", from Acis and Galatea
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Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 295, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'
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Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 295, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'
George Frideric Handel
Allegro From Water Music Suite No. 2 
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Allegro From Water Music Suite No. 2 
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Brockes Passion HWV48; Aria - Lasst diese Tat nicht ungerochen (Jesus)
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Brockes Passion HWV48; Aria - Lasst diese Tat nicht ungerochen (Jesus)
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Das ist mein Leib (Jesus) - Aria: Lass doch diese herbe Schmerzen (Daughter of Zion)
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Das ist mein Leib (Jesus) - Aria: Lass doch diese herbe Schmerzen (Daughter of Zion)
George Frideric Handel
Brockes Passion HWV48; Aria: Mein Vater, mein Vater! - Recitative: Mich druckt der Sunden - Aria: Ist's Moglich (Jesus)
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Brockes Passion HWV48; Aria: Mein Vater, mein Vater! - Recitative: Mich druckt der Sunden - Aria: Ist's Moglich (Jesus)
George Frideric Handel
Empio, dirò, tu sei (Giulio Cesare)
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Empio, dirò, tu sei (Giulio Cesare)
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The King shall rejoice - coronation anthem no. 3 HWV.260
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The King shall rejoice - coronation anthem no. 3 HWV.260
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Trio Sonata in G major (HWV 399) for 2 violins, viola and continuo Op 5 No 4
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Trio Sonata in G major (HWV 399) for 2 violins, viola and continuo Op 5 No 4
George Frideric Handel
As Steals the Morn (L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato)
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As Steals the Morn (L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato)
George Frideric Handel
Air with variations, 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' (Suite No 5 in E major)
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Air with variations, 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' (Suite No 5 in E major)
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We praise thee, O God (Dettingen Te Deum, HWV 283)
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We praise thee, O God (Dettingen Te Deum, HWV 283)
George Frideric Handel
Organ Concerto in B flat major, HWV 306
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Organ Concerto in B flat major, HWV 306
George Frideric Handel
Hush, ye pretty warbling choir! (from Acis and Galatea)
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Hush, ye pretty warbling choir! (from Acis and Galatea)
George Frideric Handel
Organ Concerto in B flat major, HWV 290 (2nd mvt)
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Organ Concerto in B flat major, HWV 290 (2nd mvt)
George Frideric Handel
Aria: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (Act 2 Sc 3 Alcina).
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Aria: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (Act 2 Sc 3 Alcina).
George Frideric Handel
Serse, HWV 40 / Act 3 - "Crude furie degl'orridi abissi"Crude furie degl' orridi
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Serse, HWV 40 / Act 3 - "Crude furie degl'orridi abissi"Crude furie degl' orridi
George Frideric Handel
The Choice of Hercules HWV 69; Yet, can I hear that dulcet lay HWV 69
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The Choice of Hercules HWV 69; Yet, can I hear that dulcet lay HWV 69
George Frideric Handel
To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora)
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To thee, thou glorious son of worth (Theodora)
George Frideric Handel
Violin Sonata in A minor (Op.1 No.4) (HWV.362)
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Violin Sonata in A minor (Op.1 No.4) (HWV.362)
George Frideric Handel
Trio Sonata in B minor, HWV 386b
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Trio Sonata in B minor, HWV 386b
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Hallelujah (Messiah)
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Hallelujah (Messiah)

Hallelujah (Messiah)

Ensemble
Dunedin Consort and Players
George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 6 No 1
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Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 6 No 1
George Frideric Handel
Organ Concerto in F major, Op 5 No 4 (IV. Presto)
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Organ Concerto in F major, Op 5 No 4 (IV. Presto)
George Frideric Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon - arr. for recorders
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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon - arr. for recorders
George Frideric Handel
Zadok the priest, HWV 258
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Zadok the priest, HWV 258
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Caro!... Bella! (Giulio Cesare)
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Caro!... Bella! (Giulio Cesare)
George Frideric Handel
Where'er you walk (Semele)
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Where'er you walk (Semele)
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My heart is inditing, HWV 261
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My heart is inditing, HWV 261
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Sonata in C minor for recorder, violin and continuo, HWV 386a
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Sonata in C minor for recorder, violin and continuo, HWV 386a
George Frideric Handel
Water music suite in D, HWV.349
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Water music suite in D, HWV.349
George Frideric Handel
'Dolce amico' (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
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'Dolce amico' (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
George Frideric Handel
Precipitoso nel mar (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
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Precipitoso nel mar (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
George Frideric Handel
Sorge il di (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
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Sorge il di (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
George Frideric Handel
Spirit Music (Nos.1 to 4) - from Alcina
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Spirit Music (Nos.1 to 4) - from Alcina
George Frideric Handel
Riccardo Primo: 'Agitato da fiere tempeste'
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Riccardo Primo: 'Agitato da fiere tempeste'
George Frideric Handel
Empio diro tu sei (Giulio Cesare)
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Empio diro tu sei (Giulio Cesare)
George Frideric Handel
Chaconne (Almira, HWV 1)
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Chaconne (Almira, HWV 1)

Chaconne (Almira, HWV 1)

Orchestra
La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basle
George Frideric Handel
Passacaglia in G minor arr. Halvorsen for violin and cello
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Passacaglia in G minor arr. Halvorsen for violin and cello
George Frideric Handel
O care parolette (Orlando)
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O care parolette (Orlando)
George Frideric Handel
Serse; Ombra mai fu
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Serse; Ombra mai fu
George Frideric Handel
Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)
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Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)
George Frideric Handel
Aria "Lascia la spina" - from the oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
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Aria "Lascia la spina" - from the oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
George Frideric Handel
Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me? (Semele)
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Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me? (Semele)
George Frideric Handel
Zadok the priest, HWV 258
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Zadok the priest, HWV 258

Zadok the priest, HWV 258

Choir
NDR Choir
Orchestra
FestspielOrchester Gottingen
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