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 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 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 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 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 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, 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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Water Music Suites No. 1 & No. 2 / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Süddeutsche Philharmonic feat. conductor: Alexander von Pitamic) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1991 Trompetenkonzerte Viviani, Vivaldi, Telemann, Händel, Joseph & Michael Haydn; Maurice André 1
1991 Apollo Classics: Handel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1991 Italian cantatas / The Alchymist Handel; Kirkby, Nelson, Kwella, Thomas, Christopher Hogwood 1
1991 Prélude Baroque IV: Händel George Frideric Handel 1
1991 Rendez-vous With Bach & Händel Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel 1
1991 The World of Handel Handel 1
1991 Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks George Frideric Handel; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Simon Preston 1
1992 2 Violins and 1 Guitar II Telemann, Capelli, Carulli, von Call, Handel, Kreutzer; Anna Hölbling, Quido Hölbling, Jozef Zsapka, Ján Slávik 1
1992 Die Klassiksammlung 6: Händel: Musik für einen König (Süddeutsche Philharmonie feat. conductor: Alexander von Pitamic) Georg Friedrich Händel 4
1992 Händel Collection George Frideric Handel 1
1992 Vivaldi: Magnificat / Händel: Dettinger Te Deum Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel; Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Wolfgang Gönnenwein 1
1992 Wassermusik - Feuerwerksmusik Händel; London Symphony Orchestra, Szell 1
1992 Water Music / Arrival of the Queen of Sheba / Xerxes: Largo / Berenice Overture Handel; Academy of St. Martin‐in‐the‐Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1993 Herbert von Karajan Edition: Handel / Vaughan Williams / Ravel / Britten / Sibelius / Debussy / Bartók / Kodaly Handel, Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Britten, Sibelius, Debussy, Bartók, Kodály; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2
1993 The Best of Händel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1993 Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music Georg Friedrich Händel 3
1994 Greatest Hits Handel 1
1994 Baroqueesprit 6 (Camerata Köln, Collegium Aureum) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1994 L'Art de Scott Ross Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Soler; Scott Ross 1
1994 Le temps des castrats Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Adolf Hasse, Nicola Porpora, Antonio Caldara, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini 1
1994 Music for Royal Fireworks/"Watermusic" Suite No. 1, No. 2/Sonata for Violin and String Orchestra/Concerto for Organ, No. 16 Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1994 Overture Rodelinda / 3 Organ Concerti George Frideric Handel; Camerata Romana, Alberto Lizzio, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Georg Hlinka, Johann Biber 1
1994 The Classical Collection 44: Handel: Instrumental Masterpieces Georg Friedrich Händel 3
1994 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 9: Chamber Music Collection I Mozart, Handel, Grieg, Sinding; Heifetz 1
1994 Water Music / Concerti Grossi Op. 6 Nos. 8-10 Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1995 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Prague Chamber Orchestra w/Sir Charles Mackerras / The Menuhin Festival Orchestra w/Yehudi Menuhin) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1995 Complete Wind Sonatas Handel; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, William Bennett, Neil Black, Michala Petri 1
1995 Die Klassiksammlung 61: Händel: Barocke Instrumentalwerke Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1995 Die Klassiksammlung 72: Händel: Höhepunkte des Barock Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1995 The Rose Collection: Concertos George Frideric Handel 1
1995 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks Handel; Orchestre de chambre Jean-François Paillard, Jean-François Paillard 2
1995 Water Music, Musique Pour Les Feux D'Artifice George Frideric Handel 1
1996 A Life in Music, Volume 23: Violin Sonatas Bach, Handel, Tartini; Isaac Stern, Alexander Zakin 1
1996 The Best of Händel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1996 Die Klassiksammlung 97: Händel: Barocke Konzerte Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1996 Handel for the Holidays George Frideric Handel 1
1996 Handel: Keyboard Suites II / Beethoven: Piano Sonata, op. 31 no. 2 Handel, Beethoven; Andrei Gavrilov, Sviatoslav Richter 2
1996 Keyboard Suites I Handel; Andrei Gavrilov, Sviatoslav Richter 1
1996 Música para os reais fogos de artifício / Concerto grosso / Concerto para órgão (Philharmonia Slavonica / Norddeutsche Philharmonic / Camerata Romana) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1996 O melhor da música barroca Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani 1
1996 The Art of the Oboe: Famous Oboe Concerti Albinoni, Bellini, Cimarosa, Corelli, Handel, Righini; Anthony Camden, City of London Sinfonia, The London Virtuosi, Nicholas Ward, John Georgiadis 1
1997 Popular Guitar Duos Bach, Handel, Scarlatti; The Hill/Wiltschinsky Guitar Duo 1
1997 Complete Orchestral Works Handel; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1997 Harp Concertos Handel, Boïeldieu, Dittersdorf, Mozart, Glière, Rodrigo; Marisa Robles, Osian Ellis 1
1997 The Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Chamber Soloists of Washington feat. Edward Carroll) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1997 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks (London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington) Georg Friedrich Händel 2
1998 Fireworksmusic / Watermusic Georg Friedrich Handel 1
1998 Music for the Royal Fireworks / Concerti a due cori Händel; Tafelmusik 1
1998 The Best of Händel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1998 Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni / Händel: Water Music Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel; Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Bohuslav Matoušek 1
1999 Classics for Kids: Händel & Babies Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1999 Overtures Georg Friedrich Händel; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter 1
1999 The Performer George Frideric Handel, Benjamin Britten; Heather Harper, Peter Pears, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 1
1999 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
2000 Haydn: Nelson Mass / Vivaldi: Gloria / Handel: Zadok the Priest Haydn, Vivaldi, Handel; King’s College Choir, Willcocks 2
2000 25 Handel Favorites Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2000 Concertos Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2000 Great Conductors: Toscanini J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Mischa Mischakoff 1
2000 The Essential George Frideric Handel 1
2000 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks Handel; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink 1
2001 Italian Baroque Concertos Vivaldi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Geminiani, Handel, Castrucci; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 1
2001 Water Music / Fireworks Music Handel; English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 2
2001 Le messie (extraits) George Frideric Handel 1
2001 The Masterworks Georg Friedrich Händel 2
2001 Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2001 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks George Frideric Handel; The Virtuosi of England, Arthur Davison 1
2002 Concerti Grossi, op. 6 / Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks Handel; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1
2002 Coronation Anthems & Silete Venti Georg Friedrich Händel; Rebecca Ryan, The Royal Academy Consort, Tallis Chamber Choir, Jeremy Summerly 1
2002 Arcadian Duets George Frideric Handel; Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm, Natalie Dessay, Véronique Gens, Patricia Petibon, Laura Claycomb, Juanita Lascarro, Anna Maria Panzarella, Marijana Mijanovic, Sara Mingardo, Brian Asawa, Paul Agnew 1
2002 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 / Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Bath Festival Orchestra, Menuhin Festival Orchestra, feat. violin: Yehudi Menuhin) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2002 The Japanese Four Seasons: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Handel: Water Music Suite / Royal Fireworks Music Suite Vivaldi, Handel; New Koto Ensemble, Seiichi Mitsuishi, Yoshikazu Fukumura 1
2003 Coronation Anthems / Dixit Dominus (Choir of King's College feat. conductor: Philip Ledger & David Willcocks) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2003 Baroque Favorites Pachelbel, Albinoni, Handel; Heinz Holliger, Trevor Pinnock, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1
2003 Harp Concertos Parish-Alvars, Handel, Haydn, Zach; Marielle Nordmann 1
2003 Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks / Concerti grossi (complete) (1993 - 1995 recordings) George Frideric Handel; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields 1
2004 Messiah Highlights George Frideric Handel 1
2004 Organ Concertos Handel; Christian Schmitt, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Nicol Matt 1
2004 Récital Haendel, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, et Bach Haendel, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bach; Éric Heidsieck 1
2005 The Very Best of Handel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2005 The Founding Years: Mozart: Symphony no. 35 "Haffner" / Chabrier: España / Sibelius: Tempest / Mozart: Mass in C minor / Handel: Israel in Egypt Mozart, Chabrier, Sibelius, Handel; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 2
2006 Portrait George Frideric Handel; Suzie LeBlanc 1
2007 Ultimate Handel: Essential Masterpieces Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2007 The Messiah Handel; Coro y Orquesta de Cámara de San Borja 1
2007 Fireworks Music Handel 1
2007 Monteverdi, Gratiani, Barringcloe, Humfrey, Purcell, Schubert, Fauré, Gounod, Handel Claudio Monteverdi, Bonifatio Gratiani, Mister Barringcloe, Pelham Humfrey, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Charles-François Gounod, George Frideric Handel; Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 Los clásicos de la Ópera, No. 6: Rinaldo (Orquesta del Teatro La Fenice de Venecia) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2007 Opera Classics (box 6: Serse, disc 1: Serse) (Les Arts Florissants feat. conductor William Christie) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2008 Mstislav Rostropovich Plays Cello Works by… Bach, Dvořák, Handel, Jolivet, Landowski, Prokofiev, Saint‐Saëns, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi; Mstislav Rostropovich 1
2009 The Masterworks Handel 1
2009 Handel Gold Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2009 Grandes compositores da música clássica, Volume 9: Haendel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2009 The Top 40 Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2010 The 99 Most Essential Handel Masterpieces Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2010 Music for the Peace of Utrecht George Frideric Handel, William Croft; De Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Jos van Veldhoven 1
2011 Albinoni: Adagio / Pachelbel: Canon / Baroque Music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi Albinoni, Pachelbel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi 1
2011 The Timeless Music Of... Handel George Frideric Handel 1
2014 Your Tuneful Voice George Frideric Handel; Iestyn Davies, Carolyn Sampson, The King's Consort, Robert King 1
50 Classical Highlights Georg Friedrich Händel 1
A Handel Celebration Georg Friedrich Händel 1

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