Allemande from Handel’s D minor Suite HWV 428, played on a real 18th century harpsichord

Allemande from Handel’s D minor Suite HWV 428, played on the William Smith (c1720) harpsichord at the Bate Collection in Oxford, by Douglas Mews. This instrument quite possibly was played by Handel himself and is certainly built in a style he would have been familiar with. Recorded at a Gallery Recital 25.5.13.

 

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BBC Documentary – Handel’s Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

BBC Documentary –  Handel’s Messiah at the Foundling Hospital.

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music. It has been recorded hundreds of times and contains a tune that is as instantly recognisable as any in music. Yet few people know the extraordinary story of how this much-loved piece came to public attention – or how it helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children.

Historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service present this one-hour drama documentary which recreates the first performance of Messiah at London’s Foundling Hospital in 1750 and tells the heart-rending story of how this special fundraising concert helped maintain the hospital and heralded a golden age of philanthropy.

Exploring historical documents and artefacts, Amanda Vickery examines the plight of women in Georgian London, particularly how the attitudes of the time led mothers to abandon their babies at the hospital. Tom Service looks at the momentous trials and tribulations faced by Handel in London and discovers how the composer became involved with the Foundling Hospital alongside another philanthropist of the day, the artist William Hogarth.

God Rot Tunbridge Wells – The Life Of George Frederic Handel (drama)

God Rot Tunbridge Wells – The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel.

A rather blunt and grumpy Handel looks back on his life and works. Handel is played by Trevor Howard. Period drama made in 1985 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of  Handel’s birth. I don’t know a lot about Handel’s personality and whether he is being accurately portrayed here or not. I like the style though- it is as though Handel is talking personally to you!

Georg Friedrich Handel 8 Cembalo Suites, played by Laura Alvini

Georg Friedrich Handel 8 Cembalo Suites, played by Laura Alvini

Handel on Harpsichord.

Isn’t this harpsichord a beautiful looking instrument? And it has such a rich sound too. I hadn’t heard these Suites before- very elegant!