Donald Macleod looks on as Handel reinvents himself as a composer of English oratorio and introduces the work widely regarded as Handel's most fundamentally English creation.
With income from opera drying up, Handel turned to other means of making a living. He realised there was money to be made with his new English oratorio, and the publication of his instrumental works provided him with another source of income.
Donald Macleod introduces one of Handel's last operas, full of light-hearted, amorous intrigue, the first of a set of twelve concerti grossi which are the finest things of their kind he ever composed, and part of the oratorio widely regarded as Handel's most fundamentally English creation.
Anna Stéphany, mezzo-soprano (Serse)
Hilary Summers, alto (Amasatre)
Brindley Sherratt, bass (Ariodate)
Early Opera Company
Conductor, Christian Curnyn
Concerto grosso in G, Op 6 No 1
Conductor Paul McMcreesh
L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (Part 3: Il Moderato)
Gillian Webster (soprano)
Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)
Peter Harvey (baritone)
Gabrieli Consort and Players
Conductor Paul McMcreesh.
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