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Handel and Jennens

Donald Macleod introduces examples of each of the collaborations between Handel and librettist Charles Jennens.

During his oratorio career, the most important collaborator Handel worked with was the librettist Charles Jennens, best known for his contribution to Messiah. As a fervent Jacobite, it's likely that Jennens took advantage of the situation and incorporated hidden political messages in the texts addressed to like-minded listeners, drawing parallels between the oratorios' biblical protagonists and the exiled Jacobite King. Donald Macleod introduces examples of each of their collaborations and looks at the part Jennens played in bringing these masterpieces to fruition.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 23 Dec 2011 12:00

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah

    Conductor: Edward HIGGINBOTTOM Performer: Academy Of Ancient Music Performer: New College Oxford Choir

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.-570131-32.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Saul - oratorio in 3 acts

    Conductor: Paul MCCREESH Performer: Nancy ARGENTA - Soprano (Michal) Performer: Neal DAVIES - Baritone (Saul) Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Gabrieli Consort Performer: Gabrieli Players

    • ARCHIV.
    • 474-510 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Saul - oratorio in 3 acts

    Performer: Andreas SCHOLL - Counter-tenor (David) Performer: Julian CLARKSON - Tenor (Doeg) Performer: Nancy ARGENTA - Soprano (Michael) Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Susan GRITTON - Soprano (Merab) Performer: Gabrieli Consort Performer: Gabrieli Players

    • ARCHIV.
    • 474-510 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Israel in Egypt - oratorio

    Conductor: Harry CHRISTOPHERS Performer: Caroline TREVOR - Contralto Performer: Neil MACKENZIE - Tenor Performer: The SIXTEEN Performer: Sixteen Orchestra

    • Collin Classics.
    • 70352.
  • George Frideric Handel

    L' Allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato - oratorio

    Conductor: John NELSON Performer: Ian BOSTRIDGE - Tenor Performer: Lynne DAWSON - Soprano Performer: Paris Orchestral Ensemble

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 72435-45417.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Belshazzar - oratorio

    Performer: Arleen AUGER - Soprano (Nitocris) Performer: Catherine ROBBIN - Mezzo-soprano (Cyrus) Performer: James BOWMAN - Counter-tenor (Daniel) Performer: Julia GOODING - Soprano Performer: Trevor PINNOCK - Musical Director Performer: The ENGLISH CONCERT

    • ARCHIV.
    • 431-794/6.

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