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At a time of great political and architectural transformation in London, a young German composer arrives with his patron, the future King George, and enjoys instant success.

At a time of great political and architectural transformation in London, a young
German composer arrives with his patron, the future King George, and enjoys instant success.

Handel in London tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712,
followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of
his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was
George Frederic Handel. He would be at the heart of musical activity in
London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece,
whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as
Giulio Cesare and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in
Messiah. Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses
and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding
of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story.

Reader: Jane Glover
Producer: Clive Brill
Abridger: Eileen Horne

The readings will include music from Handel’s vast output.

A Brill Production for BBC Radio 4

14 minutes

Last on

Tue 11 Dec 2018 00:30

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