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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Born in Germany, he travelled widely, especially in Italy, before settling in England where he enjoyed considerable success. He wrote operas, oratorios (The Messiah-written in only three weeks) and orchestral music (The Fireworks Music and Water Music). A botched eye operation when he was 68 left him blind. He was buried in Westminster Abbey with great national splendour.


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Further Reading: Handel

 Interview, Carolyn Sampson on Abbandonata

The soprano talks to Katherine about her recording of four of Handel's Italian cantatas, including Armida abbandonata and Agrippina condotta a morire, released on Vivat in October.

 Interview, Christopher Purves on Handel

The British bass-baritone talks to Katherine about the second volume of 'Finest Arias for Base Voice', out now on Hyperion.

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