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Donald Macleod introduces Handel's life in 1749, year of his Music for the Royal Fireworks.

By 1749, Handel had assumed the position of supreme impresario on the London stage. In this last exploration of a "year in the life" of the composer, presenter Donald Macleod explores the story behind Handel's Music For The Royal Fireworks - with an extract played in Leopold Stokowski's full orchestral arrangement - and introduces a rarity: Handel's incidental music to Tobias Smollett's play "Alceste".

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Fri 20 Jul 2012 18:30

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  • George Frideric Handel

    Susanna

    Performer: Part 2: Aria – The Torrent That Sweeps In Its Course Performer: David Thomas (Second Elder, bass) Performer: Chamber Chorus Of The University Of California, Berkeley; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU90703032.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Susanna

    Performer: Part 3: Bless’d Be The Day That Gave Susanna Birth! Performer: Guilt Trembling Spoke My Doom Performer: Lorraine Hunt (Susanna, soprano) Performer: Chamber Chorus Of The University Of California, Berkeley; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra / Nicholas McGegan

    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMU90703032.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Music For The Royal Fireworks, arr. Stokowski

    Performer: Bourrée Performer: La Rejouissance – Allegro Performer: Menuet I & II – Andante Performer: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra / Leopold Stokowski

    • RCA 09026612072.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in B Flat, Op.7 no.6                                                       

    Performer: Simon Preston (organ) Performer: The English Consort / Trevor Kinnock

    • ARCHIV 4132682.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alceste, HWV45

    Performer: Grand Entrée Performer: Ye Happy People Performer: Triumph, Hymen, In The Pair Performer: Still Caressing, And Caress’d Performer: Ye Swift Minutes As We Fly Performer: O Bless, Ye Powers Above Performer: Gentle Morpheus, Son Of Night Performer: Emma Kirkby, Christina Pound, Judith Nelson (sopranos) Performer: Margaret Cable, Catherine Denly (mezzos) Performer: Paul Elliott, Rogers Covey-Crump (tenors) Performer: David Thomas, Christopher Keyte (basses) Performer: The Academy Of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood

    • OISEAU LYRE 4214792.

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