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Handel the Gourmand

Lucie Skeaping is in conversation with the late chef Clarissa Dickson Wright about Handel's love of food, and eating and drinking habits in the composer's day.

Another chance to hear Lucie Skeaping in conversation with the late cook Clarissa Dickson-Wright about Handel's love of food.
Contemporary pictures and biographers depicted Handel as being over-interested in food, having a "great appetite". From the famous London chop houses, and al fresco picnics along the Thames to new spices and curries, Lucie and Clarissa explore the eating and drinking habits in Handel's day.

First broadcast in November 2009.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    'Me infelice' and 'Del mio caro Bacco amabile' from 'Serse'

    Singer: Antonio Abete. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS : 5 457112, CD2 tracks 33 & 34.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Chorus & Air from Act 2, scene 2 of 'Belshazzar's Feast'

    Choir: The English Concert Choir. Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV : 477 0372, CD2 tracks 13 & 14.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Country Dance I & II from Water Music suite in G / G major, HWV.349/350

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV : 423 1501, CD1 track 18.
  • George Frideric Handel

    A sinfony (Allegro Postillions)from 'Belshazzar's Feast'

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV : 477 0372, CD3 track 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rigaudon from Water Music suite in D / G major, HWV.349/350

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV : 423 1501, CD1 track 13.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'His Yoke is easy' from 'Messiah'

    Ensemble: Taverner Choir and Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • VIRGIN VERITAS : 5 61330-2, CD1 track 19.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Bacchus, ever fair and young' from 'Alexander's Feast'

    Singer: Michael George. Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • COLLINS CLASSICS : 70162, CD1 track 12.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Romilda invida' & 'Troppo oltraggi la mia fede' from 'Serse'

    Singer: NĂºria Rial. Singer: Lawrence Zazzo. Orchestra: Basel Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Laurence Cummings.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI : 88697 214722, tracks 2 & 3.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus (1st movement)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO : COR 16076, track 13.
  • George Frideric Handel

    1st movement from Organ Concerto Op.7 no.3

    Performer: Ton Koopman. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
    • ERATO : 88137, CD1 track 11.
  • Richard Leveridge

    The Roast Beef of Old England

    Singer: Lucie Skeaping. Ensemble: The Broadside Band. Director: Jeremy Barlow.
    • SAYDISC RECORDS : CD-SDL 400, track 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    A Sinfony - Allegro Postillions (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • Archiv 4770372.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Chorus: Ye tutelary gods of our empire; Air: Let the deep bowl thy praise confess (Belshaz

    Performers: Belshazzar ...... Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Choir of the English Concert, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • Archiv 4770372.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Recit: Romilda infida; Aria: Troppo oltraggi la mia fede (Serse)

    Performers: Nuria Rial (soprano), Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor), Kammerorchester Basel, Laurence Cummings (harpsichord/conductor)

    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697214722.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Recit: Me infelice; Arietta: Del mio caro Bacco amabile (Serse)

    Performers: Elviro ...... Antonio Abete (baritone), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (director)

    • Virgin Classics 5457112.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Country Dance I; II

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

    • Archiv 423 1501.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rigaudon (Water Music Suite in D/G, HWV 349/350)

    Performers: The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord/director)

    • Archiv 423 1501.
  • Richard Leveridge

    The Roast Beef of Old England

    Performers: Lucie Skeaping (mezzo-soprano), The Broadside Band, Jeremy Barlow (director)

    • Saydisc Records CD-SDL 400.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alexander's Feast: Bacchus, ever fair and young

    Performers: Michael George (bass-baritone), The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (director)

    • Collins Classics 70162.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus (1st mvt)

    Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    • Coro COR16076.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ concerto, Op 7 No 3 (1st mvt - Allegro)

    Performers: Ton Koopman (organ), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

    • Erato 88137.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah: His Yoke is easy

    Performers: Taverner Choir and Players, Andrew Parrott (director)

    • Virgin Veritas 5 61330 2.

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