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