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Handel in the Ascendant

Donald Macleod focuses on what happened after Handel took the helm of the Royal Academy of Music: he created a string of highly-regarded operatic masterpieces.

This week, as part of the BBC's Eighteenth Century season, Donald Macleod explores the music Handel composed for the Georges, I and II, and to commemorate major events in their reigns.

Today, Handel takes the helm of the newly founded Royal Academy of Music; is appointed Composer for his Majesty's Chapel Royal and Music Master to the royal princesses; creates a string of highly-regarded operatic masterpieces; and makes a seriously upmarket house-move ? right next door to Jimi Hendrix.

1 hour

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto - Act 3 Final scene, Sinfonia

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : 901385-87.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Radamisto - act 3 Deggio dunque, o Doa lasciarti

    Performer: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan. Singer: Juliana Gondek.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : 907111-13.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 15.
  • George Frideric Handel

    I will magnify thee, O God - Chapel Royal anthem HWV.250b [no.5b in the complet

    Choir: Chapelle Royale Chorus. Ensemble: Musicians Extra-Ordinary. Conductor: Andrew Gant.
    • NAXOS : 8557935.
    • NAXOS.
    • 5.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto - Act 2 scene 2

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Singer: Barbara Schlick. Singer: Jennifer Larmore. Singer: Dominique Visse.
    • GABUSSI - Duettino: La rimembranza.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 5.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Admeto, re di Tessaglia - opera in 3 acts

    Singer: Jill Gomez. Singer: René Jacobs. Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco. Director: Alan Curtis.
    • Virgin: 5613692.
    • Virgin.
    • 19.

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