Handel, George Frideric

George Frideric Handel

Born Georg Friedrich Händel, 23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759, was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well-known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle-upon-Saale and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.
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Aria from Rinaldo Act II
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Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Aria from Tamerlano Act II
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Aria from Tolomeo Act III
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Handel: Cara Sposa
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Rinaldo's Act II lament from Handel's 1712 opera of the same name. Marvellous sustained largo A section with a coloratura allegro B section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Rinaldo Act II
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Handel: Con l'ali di costanza
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Ariodante's aria from Act I, scene viii of the opera of the same name.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Handel: Dopo notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo (piano reduction)

Ariodante's spectacular coloratura aria from Act III, scene viii

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Handel: Più d'una tigre altero
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Act II, viii or Tamerlano. Andronico's rage aria at the end of Act II. It's a good one!

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Tamerlano Act II
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Handel: Sento la che ristretto
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add 29484/Autograph in BL

Alto (first?) version of the cantata where the river likens his love of the sea to Nice.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Handel: Stille amare
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Tolomeo's 'Poison' aria from Act III, scene iv of Handel's opera of the same name which was completed in 1728. Tolomeo believes himself to be betrayed and has taken what he thinks is poison, passing out before he can complete the truncated da capo of the aria. There is an excellent secco and accompagnato recitative which preceeds the aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Tolomeo Act III
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