As the German King ascends the throne, his favourite composer becomes a leading light in the London opera scene establish a new musical society, the Royal Academy.
As the German King ascends the throne, his favourite composer becomes a
leading light in the London opera scene establish a new musical society, The Royal Academy.
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