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George Frideric Handel

George Handel

Born: 1685 Died: 1759

Handel was born February 24, 1685, in Halle, Germany, to a family of no musical distinction. His own musical talent, however, manifested itself so clearly that before his tenth birthday he began to receive, from a local organist, the only formal musical instruction he would ever have. Although his first job, beginning just after his 17th birthday, was as church organist in Halle, Handel's musical predilections lay elsewhere. Thus, in 1703 he traveled to Hamburg, the operatic center of Germany; here, in 1704, he composed his own first opera, Almira, which achieved great success the following year. Once again, however, Handel soon felt the urge to move on, and his inclinations led him to Italy, the birthplace of operatic style. He stopped first at Florence in the autumn of 1706. In the spring and summer of 1707 and 1708 he traveled to Rome, enjoying the patronage of both the nobility and the clergy, and in the late spring of 1707 he made an additional short trip to Naples. In Italy Handel composed operas, oratorios, and many small secular cantatas; he ended his Italian sojourn with the spectacular success of his fifth opera, Agrippina (1709), in Venice.

Handel left Italy for a job as court composer and conductor in Hannover, Germany, where he arrived in the spring of 1710. As had been the case in Halle, however, he did not hold this job for long. By the end of 1710 Handel had left for London, where with Rinaldo (1711), he once again scored an operatic triumph. After returning to Hannover he was granted permission for a second, short trip to London, from which, however, he never returned. Handel was forced to face his truancy when in 1714 the elector at Hannover, his former employer, became King George I of England. The reconciliation of these two men may well have occurred, as has often been said, during a royal party on the River Thames in 1717, during which the F major suite from Handel's Water Music was probably played. Under the patronage of the duke of Chandos, he composed his oratorio Esther and the 11 Chandos anthems for choir and string orchestra (1717-1720). By 1719 Handel had won the support of the king to start the Royal Academy of Music for performances of opera, which presented some of Handel's greatest operas: Radamisto (1720), Giulio Cesare (1724), Tamerlano (1724), and Rodelinda (1725). In 1727 Handel became a naturalized British subject; in 1728 the academy collapsed. He formed a new company the following year. Forced to move to another theater by the Opera of the Nobility, a rival company, in 1734, he continued to produce opera until 1737, when both houses failed. Handel suffered a stroke and retired to Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) to recuperate.

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Amy Appleby (Editor) : Messiah Sing and Caroling : SATB : 01 Songbook : George Frideric Handel : 752187980681 : 0825629659 : 14021334

Amy Appleby (Editor) : Messiah Sing and Caroling

Review: The complete vocal score of Handel's Messiah plus forty traditional carols of Christmas. This authoritative volume presents the most widely used Messiah vocal score. Here you will find all of the choruses and solos with complete piano reduction of Handel's magnificent orchestra. This book also includes an exquisite selection of Christmas carols in traditional four-part arrangements. As a comprehensive treasure of the word's most cherished Christmas music, Messiah Sing and Caroling is a valuable addition to every music library. So whether you are going out to a "Messiah Singalong," enjoying a Christmas concert, or simply caroling with friends, you will get a lifetime of holiday pleasure from this handy volume.

Songlist: The Messiah, Angels From The Realms of Glory, Angels We Have Heard on High, Away In a Manger, As With Gladness, Men of Old, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, Deck The Hall, The First Noel, Glad Christmas Bells, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wencelas, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Happy Christmas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Here We Come A-Waissailing, The Holly and The Ivy, I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, I Saw Three Ships, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Joy To The World, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, O Christmas Tree, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and more.

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George Frideric Handel : Great Handel Choruses : SATB : 01 Songbook : George Frideric Handel : 884088424664 : 0711995885 : 14013282

George Frideric Handel : Great Handel Choruses

Review: 17 Choruses for mixed voices from Handel's sacred works. Selected with introductory notes by Brian Kay. Rarely brought together, these diverse choruses demonstrate the enduring vitality of Handel's writing.

Songlist: Acis and Galatea, Alexander's Feast, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt, Judas Maccabaeus, Messiah, Samson, Semele, Solomon, Coronation Anthem

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5120b | Songbook $21.95 | SATB add item to cart German Choral Music


George Frideric Handel : Messiah : SATB : 01 Songbook : George Frideric Handel : 752187070139 : 0853602115 : 14021327

George Frideric Handel : Messiah

Review: The world-famous Novello choral edition of Handel's beautiful masterpiece. Arranged for SATB with piano part. Edited with piano reduction by Watkins Shaw.

Songlist: Messiah

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Sixteen : Handel Messiah : 00  3 CDs : Harry Christophers : George Frideric Handel : 16062

Sixteen : Handel Messiah

Review: Brand new recording by one of the most celebrated ensembles in the world features distinguished soloists revered for their performances of Handel. "What a winning combination: Handel's Messiah, the most popular oratorio ever written, sung by The Sixteen, the most richly sonorous of early music choirs." -The Telegraph. "The Sixteen are on fine form in a repertory that sees them at their most confident." - Gramophone

Songlist: Messiah (complete oratorio) , Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon , The Lord our enemy has slain from Esther, Nell dolce dell'obblio, Harp Concerto in B-flat, Op. 4, No. 6 from Alexander's Feast , Sinfonia to Act 2 of Ariodante, Scherza infida from Ariodante, Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson

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Cambridge Singers : Handel Messiah - The Complete Works : 00  2 CDs : George Frideric Handel : 001085

Cambridge Singers : Handel Messiah - The Complete Works

Review: Messiah, (1741), the glorious oratorio by George Frideric Handel, is among the most popular works in the Western choral literature. Here is a fabulous new recording from world-renowned conductor and composer John Rutter. Remarkably, this is the first time Rutter has recorded the Messiah. Named on The Today Show as "the greatest living composer and conductor of choral music," he is probably the most successful choral composer of his generation. Messiah is performed here by the Cambridge Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by John Rutter. The soloists are Joanne Lunn, Melanie Marshall, James Gilchrist, and Christopher Purves. The 2-CD set includes a 24-page booklet with the text of Messiah and interspersed photos from the recording session at All Hallows Gospel Oak, London. A treasured possession to be enjoyed year after year.

Songlist: Sinfonia, Comfort Ye, My People, Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, And the Glory of the Lord, Thus Saith the Lord, But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?, And He Shall Purify, Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion, For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth, The People that Walked in Darkness, For unto Us a Child Is Born, Pifa, There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field, Glory to God, Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion, Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened, He Shall feed His Flock, His Yoke Is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, He Was Despised, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, And with His Stripes We Are Healed, All We Like Sheep Are Gone Astray, All They That See Him Laugh Him to Scorn, He Trusted in God, Thy Rebuke Hath Broken is Heart, Behold, and See If There Be Any Sorrow, He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the Living, But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell, and more.

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Polyphony : Handel Messiah : 00  2 CDs : Stephen Layton : George Frideric Handel : CDA 67800

Polyphony : Handel Messiah

Review: Annual live performances of Handel's Messiah at St John's Smith Square with Polyphony and Stephen Layton have become one of the highlights of the musical season. The joyful sincerity and brilliance of the performers has brought this familiar story to vivid life again and again. Now this wonderful experience is available on disc, recorded in 2008 for a new release that will surely prove a strong competitor even in a crowded market. Polyphony is joined by the Britten Sinfonia and a quartet of magnificent young soloists - all variously acclaimed as the premier Handel singers of the new generation.

Songlist: Messiah

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4234c | 2 CDs $19.95 add item to cart Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Robert Shaw Chorale : Handel Messiah : 00  2 CDs : Robert Shaw : George Frideric Handel : 82876623172-4 : 82876623172

Robert Shaw Chorale : Handel Messiah

Review: Recorded in 1966, Robert Shaw's Grammy Award-winning performance of Handel's Messiah marks an important turning-point in this work's interpretation, clearly moving away from the ponderous, overly reverential style of early twentieth century renditions and pointing toward the leaner versions of the 1970s onwards, which follow Baroque-period practices. Shaw employed a small orchestra that complemented the vocal soloists with a light, transparent string sound -- complete with an audible continuo of harpsichord and cello -- and he eschewed reinforcing wind parts in all but the choruses. Ornamentation is cleanly and tastefully applied, and Shaw's tempi are usually brisk and propulsive, with sparing use of ritardandi; even then, there is always a firm rhythmic thrust to his cadences. Soprano Judith Raskin, contralto Florence Kopleff, tenor Richard Lewis, and bass Thomas Paul are equally matched in expressive depth and vocal strength, and the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra is consistently motivated and responsive to the conductor's fluid direction. The listener may regret that the ADD sound is a little weak, but the tape hiss has been minimized in the remastering and is fairly easy to ignore. Evenly divided between two discs, this recording of Messiah is complete, and it is preferred over RCA's 1992 excerpt album The Great Choruses from Messiah.

Songlist: Messiah - Handel

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7994c | 2 CDs $18.95 add item to cart Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Handel and Haydn Society : All Is Bright : 00  1 CD : Grant Llewellyn : George Frideric Handel : AVI-2078

Handel and Haydn Society : All Is Bright

Review: Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of America's leading choral ensembles. Under the direction of recently appointed music director Grant Llewellyn, the Society has expanded its repertoire to encompass a broader range of music, including contemporary works. Their first recording for Avie, "Peace," was one of 2004's best-selling choral CD's appearing for a number of weeks on the Billboard Classical Chart. The Society's newest recording, "All is Bright," celebrates the music of the festive season, combining repertoire from the Baroque era and traditional carols with Christmas works by twentieth century composers including beautiful works by prominent American composers including Ned Rorem, Virgil Thompson, Charles Ives, Jennifer Higdon and Daniel Pinkham. The Beauty of the Society's singing, the uniqueness of the program and the audiophile quality sound give "All is Bright" the same elements that made "Peace" a best-seller with widespread appeal in 2004

Songlist: Hodie Christus Natus Est, There Is No Rose, In Dulci Jubilo, Lo How A Rose E' Er Blooming, The Three Kings, King Herod And The Cock, Make We Joy Now In This Fest, A Spotless Rose, Lux Aurumque, A Babe Is Born, Sir Christmas, Stille Nacht, O Magnum Mysterium, A Christmas Carol, Sweet Music, While All Things Were In Quiet Silence, The Coventry Carol, O My Deir Hert, Deck The Hall, Hodie Christus Natus Est, What Cheer?, All this Time

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Handel and Haydn Society : Peace : 00  1 CD : Grant Llewellyn : George Frideric Handel : AVI0039

Handel and Haydn Society : Peace

Review: Under the leadership of grant Llewellyn and conductor laureate Christopher Hogwood, the Society, in its 189th season, has maintained its long tradition of musical excellence. Handel and Haydn gave the American premieres of Handel's "Messiah" in 1818, Haydn's "The Creation (1819)," Verdi's "Requiem (1878)," and Bach's "St. Matthew Passion (1889); and the Society won a 2002 Grammy for its recording of Sir John Tavener's "Lamentations and Praises." The 32 mixed-voice Chorus bring us 10 songs on the appropriately named "Peace:" de Victoria's "O magnum mysterium," Randall Thompson's lovely "Alleluia," Rachmaninov's "Blazen muzh, Op.37," Lauridsen's "O magnum mysterium," Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei," Tavener's "Song for Athene," Schoenberg's "Friede auf Erden Op.13," Gorecki's "Tous Tuus," Frederick Delius' "To be sung of a summer night on the water," and Edward Elgar's "Lux Aeterna" (Nimrod). These are songs of great depth and beauty, as befitting songs sung with the intention of bringing peace to a world desperately in need of it.

Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, Alleluia , Blazen muzh, Op. 37 , O Magnum Mysterium, Agnus Dei , Song for Athene , Friede auf Erden Op. 13 , Totus Tuus , To be sung of a summer night on the water , Lux Aeterna ('Nimrod')

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Robert Shaw Chorale : Handel: The Great Choruses From Messiah : 00  1 CD : Robert Shaw : George Frideric Handel : 09026613682-7 : 09026613682

Robert Shaw Chorale : Handel: The Great Choruses From Messiah

Review: We hardly need to mention Robert Shaw's credentials as a group leader and director of the Fred Waring Glee Club, the RS Festival Singers, RS Chorale and RS Chamber Singers, his Grammys and ASCAPS and his 50-plus year legendary career in music. This is a digitally remastered reissue of a classic lp of one of some of the most beloved music of all time, the Great Choruses from Handel's Messiah. The piece is given to us in 17 parts, from "And the Glory of the Lord" and the famous "For Unto Us a Child Is Born" to "Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands," "Hallelujah" and finishing with "Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain." Of course this CD is orchestrally accompanied, with harpsichord and organ, throughout. As with all the CDs associated with Robert Shaw that we carry in our catalog, "Great Choruses" is a powerful, wonderfully performed work of art!

Songlist: And the Glory of the Lord, And He Shall Purify, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Glory to God, His Yoke Is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, And with His Stripes We Are Healed, All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray, He Trusted in God, Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates, Let All the Angels of God Worship Him, The Lord Gave the Word, Their Sound Is Gone Out Into All Lands, Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder, Hallelujah, Since by Man Came Death, O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?, But Thanks Be to God, Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain

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