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 .

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


George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; born Georg Friedrich Händel German: [ˈhɛndəl] ( listen); 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 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.

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 composed 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 in London.

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 Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks remaining steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, Zadok the Priest (1727), composed for the coronation of George II, has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the sovereign's anointing. Another of his English oratorios, Solomon (1748), has also remained popular, with the Sinfonia that opens act 3 (known more commonly as "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba") featuring at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. 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
2008 Dettingen Te Deum / Zadok the Priest Händel; Trinity College Choir, Stephen Layton 1
2008 Sento brillar: Arias for Carestini Georg Friedrich Händel; Vesselina Kasarova, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis 1
2008 12 Concerti grossi, op. 6 Georg Friedrich Händel; Arte dei Suonatori, Martin Gester 1
2008 Acis & Galatea Georg Friedrich Händel; Susan Hamilton, Nicholas Mulroy, Thomas Hobbs, Nicholas Hurndall Smith, Matthew Brook, Dunedin Consort & Players, John Butt 1
2008 Furore: Opera Arias Handel; Joyce DiDonato, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset 1
2008 Concerti per solisti George Frideric Handel; Trevor Pinnock, Ursula Holliger, David Reichenberg, Simon Preston, The English Concert 1
2008 Feuerwerksmusik / Wassermusik Georg Friedrich Händel; English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1
2008 Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. IV: Aminta e Fillide Handel; Maria Grazia Schiavo, Nuria Rial, La Risonanza & Fabio Bonizzoni 1
2008 Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. V: Clori, Tirsi e Fileno George Frideric Handel; Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernández, Romina Basso, La Risonanza & Fabio Bonizzoni 1
2008 Messiah Handel; Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler, Samuel Ramey, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1 2
2008 Oratorios: Saul / Messiah Handel; René Jacobs 1
2008 The Musick for the Royal Fireworks / Concerti a due cori (Orchestra Barocca Zefiro feat. conductor: Alfredo Bernardini) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
2008 The Recorder Sonatas Handel; Erik Bosgraaf, Francesco Corti 1
2008 Theodora George Frideric Handel; John Lawrenson 1
2008 Wassermusik & Sinfonien Händel; Concerto Köln 1
2008 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks Handel; Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall 1
2009 Twelve Concerti grossi, op. 6 Georg Friedrich Händel; Il giardino armonico, Giovanni Antonini 1
2009 BBC Music, Volume 17, Number 5: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 Nos. 1, 2 / Chandos Anthems Nos. 6, 10 Georg Friedrich Händel; BBC Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Richard Egarr 1
2009 Keyboard Suites Georg Friedrich Händel; Ragna Schirmer 1
2009 Alcina Handel; Joyce DiDonato, Maite Beaumont, Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina, Kobie van Rensburg, Laura Cherici, Vito Priante, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis 1
2009 Fireworks Music / Water Music Handel, The King's Consort, Robert King 1
2009 Arias Georg Friedrich Händel; Rolando Villazón, Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh 1
2009 Messiah George Frideric Handel; Händel and Haydn Society & Andrew Parrott 1
2009 Messiah Handel; Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury 1
2009 Handel (Rodrigo; Radamisto; Admeto; Fernando; Arminio; Deidamia) (Il Complesso Barocco, feat. conductor: Alan Curtis) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2009 Chandos Anthems Handel; Choir of Trinity College, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Layton 1
2009 Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne George Frideric Handel; Guilmette, Scholl, Wolf, Vocalconsort Berlin, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Marcus Creed 1
2009 Angela Hewitt Plays Handel & Haydn George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn; Angela Hewitt 1
2009 Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle Händel; Nuria Rial, Austrian Baroque Company, Michael Oman 2
2009 Six Concerti Grossi, op. 3 G.F. Händel; Kammerorchester Basel, Julia Schröder 1
2009 Messiah Handel; Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton 1
2009 Messiah Handel; Vienna Boys' Choir 1
2009 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1 Georg Friedrich Händel; Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr 1
2009 Alcina: Arias & Suites George Frideric Handel; Berliner Barock Solisten, Rainer Kussmaul 1
2009 Between Heaven and Earth Georg Friedrich Händel; Sandrine Piau, Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari 5 1
2009 Coronation Anthems Handel; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
2009 Faramondo (I Barocchisti & Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano feat. conductor: Diego Fasolis) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2009 Georg Friedrich Händel: Sein Leben – seine Musik Georg Friedrich Händel; Karlheinz Böhm 1
2009 Handel: Dixit Dominus / Steffani: Stabat Mater Handel, Steffani; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
2009 La Resurrezione, HWV 47 Georg Friedrich Händel; Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm 1
2009 Le Cantate Italiane di Handel, Vol. VI: Olinto pastore George Frideric Handel; Roberta Invernizzi, Yetzabel Arias Fernández, Romina Basso, La Risonanza & Fabio Bonizzoni 1
2009 Organ Concertos, op. 4 George Frideric Handel 1
2009 Water & Fireworks Music; Coronation Anthems (London Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chanber Orchestra and Choir of King's College Cambridge) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2009 Water Music Handel, Telemann; Zefiro, Alfredo Bernardini 1
2010 Duets George Frideric Handel; The English Concert, Harry Bicket, Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly 1
2010 Venus & Adonis / Cantatas and Sonatas Handel; Zefiro, Gemma Bertagnolli, Alfredo Bernardini 1
2010 Judas Maccabaeus Georg Friedrich Händel; Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agrémens, Leonardo García-Alarcón 1
2010 Keyboard Suites 1: Nos. 1-4 Handel; Philip Edward Fisher 1
2010 Mezzo-Soprano Opera Arias Handel; Max Emanuel Cenčić, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis 1
2010 Sonatas for Flute (Jan De Winne - Lorenzo Ghielmi - Marco Testori) George Frideric Handel 1
2010 Concerti Grossi op. 6 George Frideric Handel; The Avison Ensemble, Pavlo Beznosiuk 4 2
2010 Judas Maccabaeus G.F. Händel; Núria Rial, Lucia Duchoňová, Lothar Odinius, Sergio Foresti, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chor Lübeck, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, Rolf Beck 2
2010 Handel: Hercules George Frideric Handel; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1
2010 Flavio Handel; Tim Mead, Rosemary Joshua, Iestyn Davies, Renata Pokupić, Hilary Summers, Thomas Walker, Andrew Foster-Williams, Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn 1
2010 Scipione G.F. Haendel ;Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset 1
2010 Violin Sonatas Handel; Hiro Kurosaki, William Christie 1
2010 Water Music George Frideric Handel; Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble, Marc Minkowski 1
2011 Cleopatra Handel - Arias from Giulio Cesare Handel; Natalie Dessay, Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm 1
2011 Overtures Handel; John Kitchen 1
2011 Suites de pièces pour le clavecin Georg Friedrich Händel; Cristiano Holtz 1
2011 Violin Sonatas Händel; Julia Schröder 1
2011 Agrippina George Frideric Handel, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Jennifer Rivera, Sunhae Im, Bejun Mehta, Marcos Fink, Neal Davies, Dominique Visse, Daniel Schmutzhard, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs 1
2011 Streams of Pleasure Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2011 A Song for Saint Cecilia's Day George Frideric Handel 1
2011 Alcina George Frideric Handel, Richard Hickox, Arleen Augér, Della Jones, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Eiddwen Harrhy, Patrizia Kwella, Maldwyn Davies, John Tomlinson, The Opera Stage Chorus & City of London Baroque Sinfonia 1
2011 Berlioz: Nuits d'éte / Handel: Arias Berlioz, Handel; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 1
2011 Die acht großen Suiten Georg Friedrich Händel 5 1
2011 Haendel Georg Friedrich Haendel; Anne Queffélec 1
2011 Works And Improvisations - 1685 Enrico Pieranunzi, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel & Domenico Scarlatti 1
2012 Best-Loved Harp Concertos Händel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Petrini, Zach; Orchestre d'Auvergne, Kantorow, Nordmann 1
2012 Baroque Spirit Vivaldi;Handel 1
2012 Alceste (soprano: Lucy Crowe; tenor: Benjamin Hulett; bass-baritone: Andrew Foster-Williams; Early Opera Company; conductor: Christian Curnyn) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2012 Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720 George Frideric Handel; Dunedin Consort, John Butt 2
2012 Giulio Cesare George Frideric Handel; Marie‐Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin, Romina Basso, Emoke Barath, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis 1
2012 Concerti grossi Op. 6 Georg Friedrich Händel; Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend 1
2012 Handel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 / Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus RV 807 / Vivaldi: In furore iustissimae, RV 626 Handel, Vivaldi; La Nuova Musica, Lucy Crowe, David Bates 1
2012 Handel's Immortal Oratorio - Messiah [CD 1] George Frideric Handel 1
2012 If You Love for Beauty, Vol I Adams, Handel, Mahler; Sasha Cooke, Colburn Orchestra, Yehuda Gilad 1
2012 J'écoute Bach et Haendel avec ma maman Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Haendel 1
2012 Messiah (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir feat. conductor: Ivars Taurins) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2012 Trio Sonatas George Frideric Handel 1
2013 Bad Guys Handel; Xavier Sabata 1
2013 8 "Great" Suites for Keyboard, HWV 426-433 G. F. Handel; Richard Egarr 1
2013 A Tribute to Faustina Bordoni Handel, Hasse; Vivica Genaux, Cappella Gabetta, Andrés Gabetta 1
2013 Messiah Handel; La Chapelle Rhénane, Benoît Haller 1
2013 Suites for the Keyboard George Frideric Handel; Daria van den Bercken 1
2013 Dixit Dominus George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti; Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford, Brook Street Band, Owen Rees, Elin Manahan Thomas, Esther Brazil, Sally Bruce-Payne, Guy Cutting, Matthew Brook 1
2013 Water Music George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Manfred Huss 1
2013 Belshazzar Handel; Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 1
2013 Hidden Handel Handel; Ann Hallenberg, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis 1
2013 Six Piano Concertos, op. 4 George Friedrich Händel; Matthias Kirschnereit, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Lavard Skou Larsen 1
2014 Your Tuneful Voice George Frideric Handel; Iestyn Davies 1
2014 The Eight Great Suites Handel; Danny Driver 1
2014 Coleção Folha Mestres da música clássica, volume 13: Georg Haendel George Frideric Handel 1
2014 Handel & Porpora Handel, Porpora; Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en concert, Luc Beauséjour 1
2014 Messiah Handel; Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée 1
2014 Piano Concertos 13-16 George Friedrich Händel; Matthias Kirschnereit, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Lavard Skou Larsen 1
2015 Music for Brass Septet, Volume 2 Handel, Purcell, Rameau, Blow; Septura 1
2015 Concerti grossi, op. 6 / Das Alexanderfest G.F. Händel; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Michael Hofstetter 1
2015 Handel Handel; Julia Lezhneva, Il giardino armonico, Giovanni Antonini 2

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