George Frideric Handel

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Earliest known Church of England hymn by female composer found
Jane Savage’s carol from 1785 was unearthed during research into charity hospital music and will be performed at Ely Cathedral

Erica Jeal

15, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Ariodante review – Paula Murrihy dazzles in Handel's dark drama
In a belated homecoming to Covent Garden, Handel’s gripping opera is played beautifully and sung superbly by a fine cast

Tim Ashley

22, Nov, 2020 @11:37 AM

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Handel: where to start with his music
Hallelujah! This week, the composer whose music illuminated Georgian London, and who refined the art of bringing emotion alive in works that still resonate for us today

Erica Jeal

04, Nov, 2020 @12:00 PM

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4/4 review – a powerhouse of a programme from the Royal Opera
A quartet of staged vocal works, including terrific renditions of Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Britten’s Phaedra, welcomes back live audiences

Tim Ashley

18, Oct, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Which children's author was inspired by this painting? The great British art quiz
The Foundling Museum in London set today’s quiz. Like the rest of the UK’s arts institutions, it’s currently closed – but you can explore its collection here while answering some tricky questions

05, May, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Susanna review – young artists shine in cluttered Handel staging
Handel’s take on the biblical story of Susanna is well played and well sung in this new production by Isabelle Kettle, though less would have been more

Martin Kettle

08, Mar, 2020 @2:50 PM

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Prom 55: Jephtha review – vivid outing for Handel's last oratorio
Richard Egarr balanced intensity with reflection, despite cuts to the score, and Allan Clayton was effortless in the title role

Tim Ashley

01, Sep, 2019 @6:53 PM

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Belshazzar review – Murray shines as Handel's vainglorious hero
Daniel Slater’s lively staging of the 1744 oratorio is sung with outstanding commitment and attention to detail, with Robert Murray an exceptional lead

Tim Ashley

22, Jun, 2019 @2:52 PM

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Semele review – Jupiter snarls and Handel's heroine glows amid flaking stucco
Louise Alder was a unusually sympathetic Semele in this semi-staged and classy production conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

Erica Jeal

03, May, 2019 @3:49 PM

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Berenice review – witty and winning political chicanery
Handel’s collision of politics and love is played with conviction by a strong cast led by Claire Booth, under the direction of Adele Thomas

Erica Jeal

28, Mar, 2019 @11:52 AM

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Unknown, Remembered… review – a baffling and curiously disengaged installation
A soprano’s Handel cantata is interrupted by Joy Division, turntablism and artist Haroon Mirza’s take on a Beckett play – in this elusive multimedia piece

Tim Ashley

05, Dec, 2018 @4:48 PM

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Handel Goes Wild CD review – baroque collides with jazz and world
Rial/Sabadus/L’Arpeggiata/Pluhar
(Erato)

Erica Jeal

21, Sep, 2017 @2:30 PM

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