George Frideric Handel

Biography

Born: 1685   Died: 1759   Country: Germany   Period: Baroque
Most music lovers have encountered George Frederick Handel through holiday-time renditions of the Messiah's "Hallelujah" chorus. And many of them know and love that oratorio of Christ's life and death, as well as a few other greatest hits like the orchestral Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music, and perhaps Judas Maccabeus or one of the other English oratorios. Yet his operas, for which he was widely known in his own time, are the province Read more mainly of specialists in Baroque music, and the events of his life, even though they reflected some of the most important musical issues of the day, have never become as familiar as the careers of Bach or Mozart. Perhaps the single word that best describes his life and music is "cosmopolitan": he was a German composer, trained in Italy, who spent most of his life in England.
Handel was born in the German city of Halle on February 23, 1685. His father noted but did not nurture his musical talent, and he had to sneak a small keyboard instrument into his attic to practice. As a child he studied music with Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, organist at the Liebfrauenkirche, and for a time he seemed destined for a career as a church organist himself. After studying law briefly at the University of Halle, Handel began serving as organist on March 13, 1702, at the Domkirche there. Dissatisfied, he took a post as violinist in the Hamburg opera orchestra in 1703, and his frustration with musically provincial northern Germany was perhaps shown when he fought a duel the following year with the composer Matheson over the accompaniment to one of Matheson's operas. In 1706 Handel took off for Italy, then the font of operatic innovation, and mastered contemporary trends in Italian serious opera. He returned to Germany to become court composer in Hannover, whose rulers were linked by family ties with the British throne; his patron there, the Elector of Hannover, became King George I of England. English audiences took to his 1711 opera Rinaldo, and several years later Handel jumped at the chance to move to England permanently. He impressed King George early on with the Water Music of 1716, written as entertainment for a royal boat outing.
Through the 1720s Handel composed Italian operatic masterpieces for London stages: Ottone, Serse (Xerxes), and other works often based on classical stories. His popularity was dented, though, by new English-language works of a less formal character, and in the 1730s and 1740s Handel turned to the oratorio, a grand form that attracted England's new middle-class audiences. Not only Messiah but also Israel in Egypt, Samson, Saul, and many other works established him as a venerated elder of English music. The oratorios displayed to maximum effect Handel's melodic gift and the sense of timing he brought to big choral numbers. Among the most popular of all the oratorios was Judas Maccabeus, composed in 32 days in 1746. Handel presented the oratorio six times during its first season and about 40 times before his death 12 years later, conducting it 30 times himself. In 1737, Handel suffered a stroke, which caused both temporary paralysis in his right arm and some loss of his mental faculties, but he recovered sufficiently to carry on most normal activity. He was urged to write an autobiography, but never did. Blind in old age, he continued to compose. He died in London on April 14, 1759. Beethoven thought Handel the greatest of all his predecessors; he once said, "I would bare my head and kneel at his grave." Read less
Handel: Messiah / Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 01/01/2006   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 285   Number of Discs: 2
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Handel: Concerti Grossi Op 6 / Avison Ensemble
Release Date: 06/01/2010   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 362   Number of Discs: 3
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Handel: Semele / Curnyn, Joshua, Summers, Et Al
Release Date: 01/15/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 745   Number of Discs: 3
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Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos - Concerti Grossi / Gester, Arte Dei Suonatori
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1705/6   Number of Discs: 3
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Handel: Great Choruses / Hill, Sampson, Blaze, English Concert
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1736   Number of Discs: 1
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    100 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Ernest Blanc,  Augustin Dumay,  Gary Hoffman  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    The Choir of King's College Cambridge: The Complete Argo Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002410702 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  William Byrd,  John Taverner,  Orlando Gibbons,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  David Ward,  Peter Pears,  Alexander Young,  Elizabeth Harwood  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Boris Ord,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Philomusica of London,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Simply The Best Classical Anthems
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 550583 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini,  Carl Orff,  Gustav Holst,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lombard,  Zubin Mehta,  Southend Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
    Conductor:  Alain Lombard,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Choral Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614351 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  David Bell,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Handel: Dixit Dominus; Zadok The Priest; The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619530 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Malcolm Hicks,  David Wilson-Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner
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    Handel: Peace & Celebration
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 711 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Alex [Countertenor Vocal] Potter,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
    Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
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  • 7.
    Choir of King's College Cambridge - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 940823 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Lochmann,  Richard Eteson,  Margaret Cameron,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Handel: Romantic Organ Transcriptions / Massimo Gabba
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94709 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant
    Performer:  Massimo Gabba
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    Handel: Coronation Anthems
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012071 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Rien Voskuilen
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
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    Classics For A Summer Evening From Leeds Castle / Carl Davis
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51302 Release Date: 11/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  George Frideric Handel,  Léo Delibes,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Ruby Philogene
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  King's Division Normandy Band,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Handel: Dixit Dominus, Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne  / Apollo’s Fire
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2270 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Jeannette Sorrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apollo's Fire
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  • 13.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Royal Handel
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5307 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee - Royal Music From Westminster Abbey
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4077 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Neary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass,  Westminster Abbey Choir
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    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    A Handel Celebration / Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16083 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Alastair Ross
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 18.
    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57517 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  David Bell,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Henriette Puig-Roget  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Franz Welser-Möst,  André Cluytens  ... 
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  • 19.
    Bach Trumpet Gala, Vol. 4
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232391 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zsolt Gárdonyi,  George Frideric Handel,  Harald Genzmer,  Edgar Krapp  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Held,  Thomas Wagner,  Edgar Krapp,  Arnold Mehl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Mehl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach-Trompetenensemble Munchen
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  • 20.
    The Handel Collection / The Sixteen [12-CD Set]
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16080 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jonathan Best,  Matthew Vine,  Michael George,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention
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  • 21.
    Sing Alleluia / Soper,  Rochester Cathedral Choir
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 329 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Barry Ferguson,  Robert Ashfield,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Sayer
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  • 22.
    Artist Profile - Jeremy Summerly
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506024 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Carys-Anne Lane,  Nicholas Gedge,  Colm Carey,  Peter Crawford  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 23.
    Got Rot Tunbridge Wells [soundtrack] / Sir Charles Mackerras, Emma Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: Voiceprint   Catalog: 1508 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Judith Howarth,  Lynn Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Sounds Sublime - The Essential Collection / Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16073 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  Christopher Glynn,  Gary Cooper,  Lynda Russell  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Handel Commemoration Concert / Arman, English Concert
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057458 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Albrecht Sack,  Ulrike Fulde,  Felix Plock
    Conductor:  Howard Arman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Halle Handel Festival Orchestra,  English Concert,  Halle Handel Festival Chorus  ... 
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