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Handel’s operatic rivals struggle while he suffers from health problems before travelling to Ireland to present a new work, an oratorio based on biblical texts he calls Messiah.

Handel’s operatic rivals struggle while he suffers from health problems before travelling to Ireland to present a new work, an oratorio based on biblical texts he calls Messiah.

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

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