Composer of the Week

Sunday, 20 April 2014
George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)

Audio from Sunday 20 April 2014

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

By Handel’s death in 1759, Messiah had received 56 performances in Britain. It later conquered the world – Florence 1768, New York, 1770, Mannheim 1777 – that’s where Mozart first heard it – and let’s not forget Auckland, 1849 when selections were performed at the Mechanic’s Institute.

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Peter Hoar sheds light on the life of a man who aside from composing, liked to play the stockmarket and thus earn enough to keep him eating and drinking a little bit too much. We also learn about the rich legacy of Handel's music; how it was used for nationbuilding in post-WWI Germany and how it became a sonic symbol for national pride in the British colonies, including New Zealand, during the Victorian era.

MUSIC DETAILS

HANDEL: Every Valley Shall Be Exalted (Messiah)

Lizz Lee & Chris Willis with Mike E (Reprise)

HANDEL: Bouree from Oxford Water Music Suite in D major

(Avie)

HANDEL: Lascia, ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)

Luba Orgonasova, Cecilia Bartoli, Bernarda Fink, David Daniels, Gerald Finley, Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music

(Decca)

HANDEL: No, di voi non vo' fidarmi

Laura Claycomb, Le Concert D’Astree, Emmanuelle Haim Virgin Veritas For unto us a child is born Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Simon Preston, academy of Ancient Music

(L’Oiseau-Lyre)

HANDEL: Vivi, tiranno! (Rodelinda)

Luba Orgonasova, Cecilia Bartoli, Bernarda Fink, David Daniels, Gerald Finley, Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music

(Decca) 

HANDEL: Al lampo dell'armi

Andreas Scholl, Accademia Bizantina Decca He gave them hailstones for rain (Israel in Egypt) King's College Choir; Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury

(ABC Classics) 

HANDEL: Arm, arm ye brave (Judas Maccebeus)

Bryn Terfel, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

(ABC Classics)

HANDEL: Moses and the Children of Israel (Israel in Egypt)

1888 Handel Festival Choir & Orchestra

(http://www.nps.gov/edis/photosmultimedia/very-early-recorded-sound.htm)

HANDEL: Moses and the Children of Israel (Israel in Egypt)

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner 

(Universal International Music B.V.)

HANDEL: His Yoke is Easy (Messiah)

Auckland Choral, Pipers Sinfonia, Peter Watts, Auckland Choral

(Auckland Choral)