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
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 Georg Friedrich Händel; Bath Festival Orchestra, Menuhin Festival Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 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 Dixit Handel, Caldara; Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock 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
2006 Arien Händel; Angelika Kirchschlager, Kammerorchester Basel, Laurence Cummings 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
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 Festliche Tafelmusik Albinoni, Bach, Händel, Telemann, Vivaldi; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Sir Neville Marriner, Karl Münchinger 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
A Listener's Guide to the Classics: Händel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Anne Sofie von Otter Handel, Monteverdi, Telemann, Roman; Anne Sofie von Otter, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble 1
Chill with Handel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Concerto Grosso / Music for the Royal Fireworks Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Early 18th Century Oboe Sonatas Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jacques Loeillet, Johann Christoph Pepusch, Pierre Pierlot & Ruggero Gerlin 1
Favourite Harp Concertos Boïeldieu, J.C. Bach, Handel, Petrini 1
Fireworks and Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Fireworks Music & Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel; Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Ludwig 1
Handel: Julius Ceasar George Frideric Handel 1
Joy to the World: The Messiah Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Masters of Classical Music, Vol. 10: Handel George Frideric Handel 3 1
Meisterwerke der Klassik George Frideric Handel 1
Musique pour les feux d'artifice royaux Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Musique pour les feux d'artifices royaux Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Te Deum "Utrecht" / Concerto Grosso Op. 6 (Concentus Musicus Wien feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
The Masterpiece Collection, Volume 5: Händel Georg Friedrich Händel 1
The Sorceress: Handel Celebration (Kiri Te Kanawa) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Wassermusik und Feuerwerksmusik Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks George Frideric Handel; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
Watermusic Suite / Music of the Royal Fireworks George Frederick Handel 1
Wilhelm Furtwängler: Aufnahmen Recordings 1942-1944, Volume 1 Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Schubert, Weber; Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Four Organ Concertos (CBC Vancouver Orchestra feat. conductor: Mario Bernardi, organ: Hugh McLean) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1992 Messiah: The 250th Anniversary Performance Handel; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1998 Athalia (HWV 52) George Frideric Handel; Scholl, Schlick, Holzhausen, Reinhold, Brutscher, MacLeod, Junge Kantorei, Barockorchester Frankfurt, Joachim Carlos Martini 1
1999 Der Messias George Frideric Handel 1
2000 The Johns Hopkins University Choral Society & ECCO present Handel's Messiah and a Christmas Concert Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2002 Spanish Songs / Berlioz: Excerpts from Les nuits d'été Scarlatti, Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, Ravel, Duparc, Brahms, Berlioz; Victoria de los Ángeles, Gerald Moore, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Schwarz 1
2003 Beethoven: Diabelli / Webern: Opus 27 / Händel: Air mit Variationen Beethoven, Webern, Händel; Evgeni Koroliov 1
2004 Serse Handel; Les Arts Florissants, William Christie 1
2004 Messiah George Frideric Handel; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christine Schäfer, Michael Schade, Anna Larsson, Gerald Finley, Arnold Schönberg Chor 1
2005 Messiah George Frideric Handel; Lynne Dawson, Hilary Summers, John Mark Ainsley, Alastair Miles, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Brandenburg Consort, Stephen Cleobury 2
2009 Messiah (2009-12-20: Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, GA) George Frideric Handel; Smoke Rise Orchestra, Smoke Rise Choir, Danny Vancil 1
2010 The Messiah (Chœur ENS Lyon, Ensemble baroque Sprezztura, Orchestre Rhône-Alpes) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2013 Messiah George Frideric Handel; Choral Arts Philadelphia, Tempesta di Mare 1
Messiah Handel; Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Sing Hallelujah! A Celebration of Handel's Messiah Handel; Andrew Parrott, Taverner Choir & Players 1
Fireworks & Water Music George Frideric Handel; Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rolf Reinhardt 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Watermuziek George Frideric Handel; Het Concertgebouworkest, Eduard van Beinum 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Christmas Messiah for Young Voices Georg Friedrich Händel 1
2007 Violin Sonata No. 13 in D major, Op. 1, HWV. 371 Georg Friedrich Händel; Alexei Koshvanets, N. Sidorenko 1
2009 Concerti Grossi Georg Friedrich Händel; Slovenská filharmónia, Oliver von Dohnányi 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 88 Georg Friedrich Händel 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 89 Georg Friedrich Händel 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Water Music / Fireworks Music / Concerto Grosso no. 1 Handel; Capella Istropolitana, Pavol Bagin 1
1989 Concerti Grossi, op. 3 Georg Friedrich Händel; Händel and Haydn Society, Christopher Hogwood 1
1990 4 Organ Concertos Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1990 Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 George Frideric Handel; Günter Kehr, Mainzer Kammerorchester 1
1990 Handel - Belshazzar (Pinnock/The English Concert, Rolfe Johnson, Auger, Robbin) George Frideric Handel 1
1991 Messiah (Southerland / Bumbry / McKellar / Ward / Sir Adrian Boult) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1992 Sonatas for two violins and basso continuo, Op 5 Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1993 Dixit Dominus Georg Friedrich Händel; Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner 3
1994 Händel (1685 - 1759) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1994 Handel's Messiah (Highlights) Handel; Oratorio Society of New York 1
1994 Semele (Opera-Oratorio) (Sheila Armstrong, Helen Watts, Robert Tear, English Chamber Orchestra feat conductor: Johannes Somary) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1995 Saul (Vienna Symphony Orchestra & Copenhagen Boys Choir, feat. conductor: Mogens Wöldicke, singers: Vyvyan, Watts, Handt, Hemsley) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1996 Oboe Concertos Nos 1 - 3 / Air and Rondo / Suite / Overture to "Otho" (City of London Sinfonia feat. oboe: Anthony Camden, Julia Girdwood conductor: Nicholas Ward) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1996 The Great Harpsichord Works (Bob Van Asperen) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1997 Ariodante, HWV 33 (Les Musiciens du Louvre feat. conductor: Marc Minkowski) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1997 Highlights from Handel's Messiah Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1997 Messiah (Highlights) Handel; Vienna Boys' Choir 2
1997 Organ Concertos, op. 4 Georg Friedrich Händel; Northern Sinfonia, Simon Lindley, Bradley Creswick 1
1998 Acis and Galatea Georg Friedrich Händel; Scholars Baroque Ensemble 1
1999 Ombra mai fù (Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin feat. Andreas Scholl) Georg Friedrich Händel 1
1999 Dixit Dominus Handel; Scholars Baroque Ensemble 1

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