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Essential Handel

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>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>     Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
>     From the censer curling rise
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>     Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fú
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F
>     Air
>     Menuet
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 13 in F "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"
>     2. Allegro
>Handel, George Frideric : Sarabande
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Piece, suite for trumpet, strings & continuo in D major (spurious arrangement), HWV 341
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>     Let the bright seraphim - Let their celestial concerts
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>     Hornpipe
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
>     For unto us a child is born
>     Hallelujah
>     I know that my Redeemer liveth
>     Why do the nations?
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 3 in G
>     Rigaudon
>     Menuet
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in C "Alexander's Feast"
>     1. Allegro
>Handel, George Frideric : Keyboard Suite no 5 in E
>     4. Air con variazioni "The Harmonious Blacksmith"
>Handel, George Frideric : Harp Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 no 6
>     1. Andante allegro
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Oboe no 1 in B flat
>     2. Siciliana
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 1 in G minor, Op. 4 no 1
>     1. Largo e staccato
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>     Dead March
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>     Wher'er you walk
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus
>     See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6 no 6
>     2. Musette (Larghetto)
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>     Verdi prati
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 9 in B flat, Op. 7 no 3 "Hallelujah"
>     1. Allegro
>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 13 in F "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"
>Handel, George Frideric : Sarabande
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Piece, suite for trumpet, strings & continuo in D major (spurious arrangement), HWV 341
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 3 in G
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in C "Alexander's Feast"
>Handel, George Frideric : Keyboard Suite no 5 in E
>Handel, George Frideric : Harp Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 no 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Oboe no 1 in B flat
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 1 in G minor, Op. 4 no 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6 no 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 9 in B flat, Op. 7 no 3 "Hallelujah"
>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
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Notes & Reviews:

Included are many familiar pieces from the enormous output of George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era. They range from popular choral items like the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah and the Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest, heard in the film The Madness of King George, through extracts from Handel's famous Water Music and several lively organ concertos including 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', to superb vocal solos such as 'Ombra mai fu' (also known as Handel's Largo) and 'Let the bright seraphim'. The set concludes with substantial extracts from Music for the Royal Fireworks conducted by one of today's finest Handel interpreters, Sir Charles Mackerras.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Frondi tenere... Ombra mai fú
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F :: Air
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F :: Menuet
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 13 in F "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" :: 2. Allegro
  • Performer: Lionel Rogg (Organ)
  • Conductor: Georges Armand
  • Notes: Composition written: 1739.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Sarabande
  • Conductor: Alexander Briger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1745

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Piece, suite for trumpet, strings & continuo in D major (spurious arrangement), HWV 341
  • Performer: Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Let the bright seraphim - Let their celestial concerts
  • Performers: Pamela Coburn (Soprano); John Dickinson (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Owain Hughes
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D :: Hornpipe
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
  • Performer: Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 3 in G :: Rigaudon
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 3 in G :: Menuet
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in C "Alexander's Feast" :: 1. Allegro
  • Performers: Susan Sheppard (Cello); Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin); Catherine Mackintosh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Keyboard Suite no 5 in E :: 4. Air con variazioni "The Harmonious Blacksmith"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: From the censer curling rise
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Harp Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 no 6 :: 1. Andante allegro
  • Performer: Lily Laskine (Harp)
  • Conductor: Louis Auriacombe
  • Notes: Composition written: 1736.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Oboe no 1 in B flat :: 2. Siciliana
  • Performer: Evelyn Rothwell (Oboe)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1706-1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 1 in G minor, Op. 4 no 1 :: 1. Largo e staccato
  • Performers: Colin Tinley (Harpsichord); Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1735-1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: I know that my Redeemer liveth
  • Performer: Elizabeth Harwood
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: Dead March
  • Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Wher'er you walk
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Judas Maccabaeus :: See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!
  • Conductor: Karl Forster
  • Notes: Composition written: 1746.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6 no 6 :: 2. Musette (Larghetto)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Verdi prati
  • Performer: Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 9 in B flat, Op. 7 no 3 "Hallelujah" :: 1. Allegro
  • Performers: Valda Aveling (Harpsichord); Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1751

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Why do the nations?
  • Performer: Raimund Herincx (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749