Handel

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Handel: Serse
Premiered Today in 1738
There was great confusion at the premiere of Handel’s “Serse” at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket on 15 April 1738! I know you are asking yourself why that might have been the case? After all, Handel was setting the London stages
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At the Center of the Musical Universe
George Frideric Handel II
When Ludwig, or Louis Spohr (1784-1859) died at the age of 75, Johannes Brahms lamented that the last of the great masters had died. This seems high praise indeed for a composer whose posthumous neglect is shockingly at odds with
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At the Center of the Musical Universe
George Frideric Handel
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) is consistently acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of his age. He contributed to virtually every vocal and instrumental genre in his time, and decisively invented and shaped the evolution of the English oratorio. Handel
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Transcending Tunes of Light and Shade
Handel: Messiah
During the opening measures of the famous chorus, members of the audience glanced around anxiously, checking to see who would be first to rise to their feet. Then someone in the balcony stood, and someone else, and suddenly the whole
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Saved by “Cleopatra”
Handel-Mattheson Duel
Can you imagine a musical universe without performances of the Messiah, Samson, Jephta, the Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks? These highly popular compositions might never have existed in the first place, because George Frideric Handel got into
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Musical Catfights!
Corelli and Handel
Arcangelo CorelliSonata a 3 in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10 Trying to reconstruct the love life of a discreetly homosexual composer in the 17th century presents a variety of formidable challenges. For one, the public record was not overly
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Living with Handel
Bach : Saint John PassionPart I: Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher (Chorus) I am for the first time in my life living with Handel. I lived with Bach earlier this year, when I was involved in performances of his St John
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Handel – Dixit Dominus HWV 232 / Vivaldi – Dixit Dominus RV 807 In furore iustissimae irae rv 626
In furore iustissimae irae Miserationem Pater piissime (recitative) La Nuova Musica Lucy Crowe, soprano DAVID BATES, director From Handel – Dixit Dominus HWV 232 / Vivaldi – Dixit Dominus RV 807 In furore iustissimae irae rv 626 (2013) Released by
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