George Frideric Handel (German-British baroque composer)

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On 22 January 1727 Georg Friedrich Händel became a naturalised subject of the British crown with the legally accepted name George Frideric Handel.

Due to a recent edit (link) that changed his name from Georg Friedrich Händel to George Frideric Handel (no artist credits renamed), majority of the releases filed under this artist are still left with the old artist name (Georg Friedrich Händel). It might help to change the artist credits to the new one, especially those releases that use Handel or George Frideric Handel on cover art. (Majority of the releases do use the English name).

Annotation last modified on 2013-07-08 09:19 UTC.

Legal name: Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Friedrich Händel, George Frideric Handel


George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (/ˈhændəl/; born Georg Friedrich Händel, German pronunciation: [ˈhɛndəl]; 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 March 1759) was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born in a family indifferent to music, Handel received critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712), and became a naturalized British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. Musicologist Winton Dean writes that his operas show that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never performed an Italian opera again. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Born the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah remaining steadfastly popular. One of his four Coronation Anthems, Zadok the Priest (1727), composed for the coronation of George II of Great Britain, has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the sovereign's anointing. Handel composed more than forty operas in over thirty years, and since the late 1960s, with the revival of baroque music and historically informed musical performance, interest in Handel's operas has grown.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Highlights from Messiah (Prout Edition) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1959 Messiah George Frederick Handel; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Eileen Farrell, Martha Lipton, Davis Cunningham, William Warfield 2
1965 Der Messias (Münchener Bach-Orchester und Chor, feat. conductor: Karl Richter) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1967 Messiah (Selections) feat. conductor: Leopold Stokowski Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1970 Handel - Water Music (Vienna State Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Hermann Scherchen) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1972 Music for the Royal Fireworks / Water Music (Neville Marriner / Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1974 Telemann: Suite in A minor / Sammartini: Concerto in F / Handel: Concerto in B flat Telemann, Samartini, Handel; David Munrow, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1975 Der Messias (Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin feat. conductor: Helmut Koch) (disc 1) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1979 Israel in Egypt / The Ways of Zion Do Mourn Georg Friedrich Händel; Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner 1
1981 Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1981 Water Music Suite / Music for Royal Fireworks Georg Friedrich Händel; Michala Petri, Keith Jarrett 1
1982 Concerti grossi Op. 6, No. 5 - 8 Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1982 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 9 - 12 Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 2
1982 Feuerwerksmusik / Concerti Grossi Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1982 Messiah (highlights) - A Sacred Oratorio George Frideric Handel 1
1982 Water Music Suites 1, 2 & 3 Handel; English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 2
1983 Water Music George Frideric Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1983 Chaconne HWV435, Klaivier Suiten HWV436, HWV438, HWV434, HWV441 Georg Friedrich Händel; Trevor Pinnock 1
1983 Handel Trio Sonatas Georg Friedrich Händel, Heinz Holliger 1
1983 Handel, Babell, Baston: Recorder Concertos / Gordon Jacob: Suite for Recorder Händel, Babell, Baston, Gordon Jacob; Michala Petri, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 2
1983 Messiah Händel; John Eliot Gardiner, Margaret Marshall, Catherine Robbin, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Robert Hale, Charles Brett, Saul Quirke, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists 2
1983 The Water Music Complete Georg Friedrich Händel; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 1
1983 Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel; English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm 1
1984 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 1-4 Georg Friedrich Händel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1984 Concerti grossi Op. 3 (The English Concert feat conductor: Trevor Pinnock) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1984 Complete Organ Concertos Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston 1
1984 Dettingen Te Deum / Dettingen Anthem Georg Friedrich Händel; Choir of Westminster Abbey, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Preston 2
1984 Handel: Messiah - A Sacred Oratorio (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood, Soprano 1: Judith Nelson, Soprano 2: Emma Kirkby, Contralto: Carolyn Watkinson, Tenor: Paul Elliott, Bass: David Thomas) Georg Friedrich Händel 5 1
1984 Messiah (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus feat. conductor: Robert Shaw) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1984 Messiah (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1984 Messiah (The Complete Oratorio) (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus feat. conductor: Robert Shaw) Georg Friedrich Händel;Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus,Robert Shaw 1
1984 Messiah: Favorite Choruses & Arias (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, feat. Robert Shaw) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1984 Messiah: Highlights (Winchester Cathedral Choir and London Handel Orchestra feat. conductor: Martin Neary) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1985 12 Concerti Grossi (Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields feat. conductor: Iona Brown) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1985 300 Jahre/Years G. F. Händel: Teldec Special Edition 1985, 3: Alexander's Feast (Concentus musicus Wien feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bachchor Stockholm) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1985 Esther (The Academy of Ancient Music & Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1985 Messiah (Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1985 Solomon Handel; Watkinson, Argenta, Hendricks, Rolfe Johnson, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner 1
1985 Utrecht Te Deum / Jubilate: (Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford & Academy of Ancient Music feat: conductor: Simon Preston) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1985 Water & Fireworks Music Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1985 Water Music George Frideric Handel; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson 2
1986 The Complete Recorder Sonatas Georg Friedrich Händel; Clas Pehrsson, Bengt Ericson, Thomas Schuback 1
1986 Overtures Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1986 8 suites pour clavecin Georg Friedrich Händel; Scott Ross 1
1986 Messiah, Arias & Choruses (Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Georg Solti, soprano: Kiri Te Kananwa) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1986 Neun Deutsche Arien (Nine German Arias) Georg Friedrich Händel; Elisabeth Speiser, Jaap Schröder, Johann Sonnleitner, Käthi Gohl 1
1986 Organ Concertos, op. 4 Handel; Peter Hurford, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin 1
1986 Saul (Concentius Musicius Wien feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1986 Water Music Handel; City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
1987 Messiah Georg Friedrich Händel; The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Harry Christophers 2

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