George Frideric Handel

Born 23 February 1685. Died 14 April 1759
George Frideric Handel
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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; 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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Dopo notte (Ariodante)
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Dopo notte (Ariodante)

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Concerto in F Major, HWV 334: VI. Allegro
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Concerto in F Major, HWV 334: VI. Allegro
George Frideric Handel
Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major HWV.349
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Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major HWV.349
George Frideric Handel
Concerto grosso in D major Op.6`5
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Concerto grosso in D major Op.6`5
George Frideric Handel
Trio Sonata in G minor, HWV.393, 'Dresden No 2'
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Trio Sonata in G minor, HWV.393, 'Dresden No 2'
George Frideric Handel
Acis and Galatea: Act II. 'Wretched Lovers! Fate Has Past'
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Acis and Galatea: Act II. 'Wretched Lovers! Fate Has Past'
George Frideric Handel
Acis and Galatea: Act I. 'Oh, the pleasure of the plains!
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Acis and Galatea: Act I. 'Oh, the pleasure of the plains!
George Frideric Handel
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
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (from Messiah)
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O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (from Messiah)

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (from Messiah)

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Choir
Choeur du Concert d'Astrée
Orchestra
Orchestre du Concert d'Astrée
George Frideric Handel
Suite No 2 in F, HWV427
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Suite No 2 in F, HWV427
George Frideric Handel
Or la tromba (Rinaldo)
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Or la tromba (Rinaldo)
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Chandos Anthem no.8: O come let us sing unto the Lord
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Chandos Anthem no.8: O come let us sing unto the Lord
George Frideric Handel
Trio Sonata in B flat major, HWV 380
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Trio Sonata in B flat major, HWV 380
George Frideric Handel
Oft on a plat of rising ground from "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato"
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Oft on a plat of rising ground from "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato"
George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare in Egitto - opera i Act 3; Caro!... Bella! [duet]
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Giulio Cesare in Egitto - opera i Act 3; Caro!... Bella! [duet]
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Amarilli vezzosa (Il duello amoroso) - cantata HWV.82 for soprano, alto, 2 violins and continuo
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Amarilli vezzosa (Il duello amoroso) - cantata HWV.82 for soprano, alto, 2 violins and continuo
George Frideric Handel
Trio sonata in B minor Op.2`1 [HWV.386] [HG Op.2`1b]
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Trio sonata in B minor Op.2`1 [HWV.386] [HG Op.2`1b]
George Frideric Handel
For unto us a child is born (Messiah)
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For unto us a child is born (Messiah)

For unto us a child is born (Messiah)

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Dunedin Consort and Players
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Streams of pleasure (Theodora)
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Streams of pleasure (Theodora)
George Fredrich Handel, Maxim Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d’Oro & Joyce Di Donato
Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 2 - Lascia chi’o pianga
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Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 2 - Lascia chi’o pianga

Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 2 - Lascia chi’o pianga

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George Fredrich Handel
Singer
Joyce Di Donato
George Frideric Handel
Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)
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Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)
George Frideric Handel
Dopo notte (Ariodante)
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Dopo notte (Ariodante)

Dopo notte (Ariodante)

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Symphony of Harmony and Invention
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See the conquering hero (Judas Maccabeus)
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See the conquering hero (Judas Maccabeus)
Johannes Brahms
25 variations and fugue on a theme by G.F. Handel for piano (Op.24)
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25 variations and fugue on a theme by G.F. Handel for piano (Op.24)
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Hallelujah (Messiah)
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Hallelujah (Messiah)

Hallelujah (Messiah)

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Dunedin Consort and Players
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Belshazzar: See from his post Euphrates flies
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Belshazzar: See from his post Euphrates flies
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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
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Water Music
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Water Music
George Frideric Handel
Aminta E Fillide, HWV83: Recitative and duet
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Aminta E Fillide, HWV83: Recitative and duet
George Frideric Handel
Let old Timotheus yield the prize from Alexander's Feast
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Let old Timotheus yield the prize from Alexander's Feast

Let old Timotheus yield the prize from Alexander's Feast

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Ludus Baroque
Conductor
Richard Neville-Towle
Will Dawes
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Concerto Grosso in C major, HWV 318 (Alexander's Feast) - i Allegro
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Concerto Grosso in C major, HWV 318 (Alexander's Feast) - i Allegro
George Frideric Handel
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Messiah)
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Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Messiah)
George Frideric Handel
Messiah (Part II & III)
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Messiah (Part II & III)
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Messiah (Part I)
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Messiah (Part I)
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'Fu scherzo, fu gioco' (Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83)
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'Fu scherzo, fu gioco' (Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83)
George Frideric Handel
Va tacito (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
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Va tacito (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
George Frideric Handel
Berenice, regina d'Egitto (Overture)
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Berenice, regina d'Egitto (Overture)
Kristjan Järvi
Too Hot to Handel [after Concerti Grossi]
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Too Hot to Handel [after Concerti Grossi]
George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in B flat Op. 3, No. 1
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Concerto Grosso in B flat Op. 3, No. 1
George Frideric Handel
Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Gloria in excelsis Deo)
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Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Gloria in excelsis Deo)
George Frideric Handel
No, di voi non vo' fidarmi, HWV 189
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No, di voi non vo' fidarmi, HWV 189
George Frideric Handel
Trio Sonata in B minor, Op.2 No.1
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Trio Sonata in B minor, Op.2 No.1
George Frideric Handel
Renda Cenere Il Tiranno
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Renda Cenere Il Tiranno
George Frideric Handel
La Rejouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks)
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La Rejouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks)
George Frideric Handel
Messiah: Overture arr. for brass band
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Messiah: Overture arr. for brass band
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
Keyboard Suite No 3 in D minor, HWV 428 (Courante)
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Keyboard Suite No 3 in D minor, HWV 428 (Courante)
George Frideric Handel
Piangero la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)
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Piangero la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)
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
'Where e'er you walk' (Semele, Act 2)
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'Where e'er you walk' (Semele, Act 2)
George Frideric Handel
Oh, the pleasure of the plains (Acis and Galatea)
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Oh, the pleasure of the plains (Acis and Galatea)
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