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Donald Macleod and his guest Ruth Smith discuss Handel’s arrival in Dublin and how he gathered his forces for his hotly awaited subscription concerts.

Donald Macleod and his guest Ruth Smith discuss Handel’s arrival in Dublin and how he gathered his forces for his hotly-awaited subscription concerts.

In the winter of 1741, Handel packed his bags and left London for Dublin, where he spent nearly nine months writing and performing in the city. The main work that he premiered there was a new oratorio which proved to be one of the landmarks of his career. Across the week we hear the whole of Handel’s Messiah, uncover the secrets of its origins and dispel the myths that still surround it.

Today Donald and Ruth follow Handel as his packet-boat docks in Dublin, and he sets about organising his concert series. His organ was shipped over with him, and such was demand and curiosity that Handel conceded to hold open rehearsals. We hear about the crowd-pulling singers he ‘formed’, and the other scores in his suitcase that would whet the public’s appetite before Messiah’s great unveiling.

Alexander’s Feast: Revenge, Timotheus cries
William Berger, baritone
Ludus Baroque
Richard Neville-Towle, conductor

Messiah: Part Two (excerpts)
Clare Wilkinson, contralto
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Susan Hamilton, soprano
Dunedin Consort and Players
John Butt, conductor

Organ Concerto Op 7 No 1 in B flat major, HWV 306, IV. Bouree
Simon Preston, organ
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Amelia Parker

59 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Alexander's Feast: Part 2 'Revenge, Timotheus cries'

    Singer: William Berger. Orchestra: Ludus Baroque. Conductor: Richard Neville-Towle.
    • DELPHIAN : DCD-34094.
    • DELPHIAN.
    • 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah: Part 2 (extracts)

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Singer: Clare Wilkinson. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy. Singer: Susan Hamilton. Ensemble: Dunedin Players. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN RECORDS : LINN-CKD285.
    • LINN RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah: Part 2 (extracts)

    Singer: Susan Hamilton. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Ensemble: Dunedin Players. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN RECORDS : LINN-CKD285.
    • LINN RECORDS.
    • 5.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op 7 No 1 (movements 4-6)

    Performer: Simon Preston. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV 435 037-2.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 5.

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