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 Friederich 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
Recitative: "Rise, Jephtha", Air: "Happy, Iphis, Shalt Thou Live" (Jephtha)
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Recitative: "Rise, Jephtha", Air: "Happy, Iphis, Shalt Thou Live" (Jephtha)

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Concerto à due cori No 1 in B flat major, HWV 332 (2nd mvt)
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Concerto à due cori No 1 in B flat major, HWV 332 (2nd mvt)

Concerto à due cori No 1 in B flat major, HWV 332 (2nd mvt)

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Nigel Shore
Gerald Frohlich
Ingo Reuter
Martin Letz
Dieter Wagner
Ottfried Bienert
Klaus Kirbach
Dietmar Hiller
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Glory be to the Father (Jubilate for the Peace of Utrecht)
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Glory be to the Father (Jubilate for the Peace of Utrecht)
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O Lord, whose mercies numberless (Saul)
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O Lord, whose mercies numberless (Saul)
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Ombra cara di mia sposa (Radamisto)
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Ombra cara di mia sposa (Radamisto)
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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)
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Mirth admit me of thy crew (L' Allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato)
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Mirth admit me of thy crew (L' Allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato)
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Radamisto (excerpt 'Già che morir non posso')
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Radamisto (excerpt 'Già che morir non posso')
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Eternal source of light divine (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne)
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Eternal source of light divine (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne)
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Messiah
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Messiah

Messiah

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Trevor Pinnock
English Concert Choir
English Concert Orchestra
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Music For The Royal Fireworks Suite HWV 351 - 4. La Réjouissance
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Music For The Royal Fireworks Suite HWV 351 - 4. La Réjouissance
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Music For The Royal Fireworks Suite HWV 351 - 2. Bourrée
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Music For The Royal Fireworks Suite HWV 351 - 2. Bourrée
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Armida Abbandonata HWV105 'In tanti affanni miei'
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Armida Abbandonata HWV105 'In tanti affanni miei'
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Air: 'Return, O God of hosts' from "Samson", Act 2
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Air: 'Return, O God of hosts' from "Samson", Act 2
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Water Music Lentement and Bourée from Suite No. 2 in D Major
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Water Music Lentement and Bourée from Suite No. 2 in D Major
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Music for the Royal Fireworks
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Music for the Royal Fireworks
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Oh had I Jubal's lyre (Joshua)
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Oh had I Jubal's lyre (Joshua)
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Water Music Suite in G major, HWV 350
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Water Music Suite in G major, HWV 350
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The trumpet's loud clangour (Ode for St Cecilia's Day)
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The trumpet's loud clangour (Ode for St Cecilia's Day)
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Va tacito (from Giulio Cesare)
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Va tacito (from Giulio Cesare)
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Eternal Source of Light (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, HWV.74)
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Eternal Source of Light (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, HWV.74)
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Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259
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Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259
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Streams of pleasure (Theodora)
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Streams of pleasure (Theodora)
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La réjouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351)
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La réjouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351)
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Sinfonia arr Steele-Perkins (Floridante)
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Sinfonia arr Steele-Perkins (Floridante)
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Scherza in mar la navicella (excerpt 'Lotario', HWV 26)
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Scherza in mar la navicella (excerpt 'Lotario', HWV 26)
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Lascia la spina (Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)
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Lascia la spina (Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)
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He shall feed his flock (Messiah)
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He shall feed his flock (Messiah)
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Overture and prelude to act II of Acis and Galatea K. 566
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Overture and prelude to act II of Acis and Galatea K. 566
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Serse (Overture)
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Serse (Overture)
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Concerto grosso (Op.3`4) in F major
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Concerto grosso (Op.3`4) in F major
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Gird on thy sword (Saul)
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Gird on thy sword (Saul)
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Zadok the priest, HWV 258
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Zadok the priest, HWV 258
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Gloria
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Gloria
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Cantata Delirio amoroso: "Da quel giorno fatale" (HWV.99)
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Cantata Delirio amoroso: "Da quel giorno fatale" (HWV.99)
George Frideric Handel
Organ Concerto in F major, Op.4 No.5
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Organ Concerto in F major, Op.4 No.5
George Frideric Handel
Apollo e Dafne: 'Cara pianta'
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Apollo e Dafne: 'Cara pianta'
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Suite in F major, HWV 348, 'Water Music' (Aria)
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Suite in F major, HWV 348, 'Water Music' (Aria)
George Frideric Handel
Where shall I seek the charming fair? (Acis and Galatea)
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Where shall I seek the charming fair? (Acis and Galatea)
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Concerto grosso in F major, Op 6 no 9
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Concerto grosso in F major, Op 6 no 9
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Piangerò la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)
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Piangerò la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)
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Where'er You Walk
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Where'er You Walk
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Water Music, Suite No 1 in F, Moderato
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Water Music, Suite No 1 in F, Moderato
George Frideric Handel
Il pastor fido, Overture HWVa: III. Allegro
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Il pastor fido, Overture HWVa: III. Allegro
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Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 3 in E minor, HWV321
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Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 3 in E minor, HWV321
George Frideric Handel
These labours past (Jephtha)
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These labours past (Jephtha)
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Aria with Variations, HWV 430 'Harmonious Blacksmith'
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Aria with Variations, HWV 430 'Harmonious Blacksmith'
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Hornpipe form Water music
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Hornpipe form Water music
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