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Episode 3

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He was our greatest Baroque musical hero, and yet Handel wasn't even British by birth. Tim Marlow and historian Ruth Smith explore how an opera premiere in 1711 launched his career.

He was our greatest Baroque musical hero, and yet Handel wasn't even British by birth. Tim Marlow and historian Ruth Smith travel back to 1711 and the premiere of the opera which was to launch the composer's stage career in England. But why did Italian music theatre in the hands of a German prove to be exactly what British audiences wanted to hear?

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15 minutes

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Wed 13 Mar 2013 13:45

Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Symphony In C Major

    Performer: Peter Holman. Performer: The Parley of Instruments.
    • HELIOS.
    • CDH-55258.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Performer: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
    • 4670872.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Cecilia Bartoli. Performer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Performer: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
    • 4670872.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Cecilia Bartoli. Performer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Performer: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
    • 4670872.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Cecilia Bartoli. Performer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Performer: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
    • 4670872.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Gerald Finley. Performer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Performer: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Decca.
    • 4670872.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tim Marlow
Expert Jenny Uglow
Expert Ruth Smith

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