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Georg Handel

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George Frideric Handel (German: Georg Friedrich Händel; pronounced ) (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Handel was born in 1685, in a family indifferent to music. He received critical musical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712) and becoming a naturalised British subject in 1727. By then he was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.
Within fifteen years, Handel, a dramatic genius, started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera, but the public came to hear the vocal bravura of the soloists rather than the music. In 1737 he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively and addressed the middle class. As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never performed an Italian opera again. Handel was only partly successful with his performances of English Oratorio on mythical or biblical themes, but when he arranged a performance of Messiah to benefit the Foundling Hospital (1750) the critique ended. The pathos of Handel's oratorios is an ethical one. They are hallowed not by liturgical dignity but by the moral ideals of humanity. Almost blind, and having lived in England for almost fifty years, he died a respected and rich man.
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Andreas Scholl Largo di Handel Ombra mai fu Aria da Xerxes HWV 40 Bonazeta YT 1086
Ombra mai fu
Andreas Scholl
G F Handel Lascia Chio pianga Soprano Julia Lezhneva 574
Lascia ch'io pianga
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Nathalie Stutzmann Philippe Jaroussky Recording Handel duet Son nata a lagrimar  4279
Son nata a lagrimar
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Natalie Dessay Se pieta Giulio Cesare recording session 6614
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Handel Semele HWV 58 Where er you walk Andreas Scholl 4978
Where er you walk
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Handel Alcina Patricia Petibon Ah Mio cor Schernito sei 8820
Ah! mio cor schernito sei!
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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Handel Theodora As with rosy 17026
As with rosy steps the morn
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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
601Per così grand' impresa Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina
602Al valor del mio brando Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida/Almirena/Rinaldo
603The heart that beats contented Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 2.26

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Romilda
604Signor, presto fuggiamo Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.22-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lesbus/Claudius/Poppaea
605Io fra l'onde nuotando Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
606Nella guardata soglia Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 3.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Mz/cT cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida/Goffredo/Rinaldo/Eustazio/Almirena
607Adorable Romilda Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct: 1.09-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Xerxes
608Se ben nemica sorte Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pallas/Agrippina
609Nun da mir gehört die Krone Popularity:

Opera: GiustinoComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cA T/SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amanzio/Anastasio
610Ballet 1 Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.05

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

611Impari ognun da Orlanda Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zoroastro
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