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Donald Macleod introduces music from the new king's reign when Handel continued to stage operas at the Haymarket Theatre but without the backing of the Royal Academy.

In 1727 a new king came to the throne. By then Handel was a British citizen and he'd taken a lease on 25 Brook Street in London, so clearly he intended to stay. Spiralling costs forced the closure of the Royal Academy of Music but Handel was granted permission to continue staging operas at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, for another five years. Donald Macleod introduces an anthem from the set Handel was commissioned to write for the coronation of George II, a trio sonata full of music Handel recycled from his dramatic works and an excerpt from one of his 'magic' operas, the staging of which nearly ruined him.

Handel arr Somervell: Silent Worship
Kenneth McKellar (tenor)
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Adrian Boult

Coronation Anthem: The King Shall Rejoice
The Sixteen Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Harry Christophers

Trio Sonata in G, Op 5 No 4
Brook Street Band

Orlando (excerpt)
Sophie Karthäuser, soprano (Angelica)
Bejun Mehta, countertenor (Orlando)
Kristina Hammarström, mezzo-soprano (Medoro)
B'Rock Orchestra
Director René Jacobs.

1 hour

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Silent Worship

    Music Arranger: Arthur Somervell. Singer: Kenneth McKellar. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Australian Eloquence: ELQ4804915.
    • Australian Eloquence.
    • 3.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Coronation Anthem: The King Shall Rejoice

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO : COR-16066.
    • CORO.
    • 11.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 5 No. 4

    Ensemble: Brook Street Band.
    • AVIE : AV- 2068.
    • AVIE.
    • 16.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Orlando, Act 2 Sc 6 - end

    Singer: Bejun Mehta. Singer: Sophie Karthäuser. Singer: Kristina Hammarström. Ensemble: B'Rock. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Archiv 479 2199.
    • Archiv.
    • 23.

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