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.

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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).

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

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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 15 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
2001 Romantic Classics: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2001 Romantic Harp Concertos Various Artists 1
2001 Romantic Oboe Concertos Various Artists 1
2001 Simply the Best Christmas Album Various Artists 2
2001 Softly Awakes My Heart: Arias, Songs and Spirituals - Original Recordings 1924-1944 Marian Anderson 2
2001 Sound of Silence 7 Various Artists 1
2001 Sposi: musiche celebri Various Artists 1
2001 The Best of Classic FM Various Artists 1
2001 The Classic Baroque Album Various Artists 1
2001 The Classical Chillout Album Various Artists 1
2001 The Essential Emma Kirkby Emma Kirkby 1
2001 The Gramophone Awards 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 The Ultimate Relaxation Album II Various Artists 1
2001 Top Music - Classic Various Artists 1
2001 Vine seara lui Craciun Various Artists 1
2001 Золотое барокко Various Artists 1
2002 Here Come The Classics Volume 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Classical Chillout 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2002 Best of Classical Chillout Various Artists 1
2002 Choral Chillout Various Artists 1
2002 The Classic Score Various Artists 4
2002 Classic Kathleen Battle: A Portrait Kathleen Battle 1
2002 Pure Classical Chillout Various Artists 1
2002 The Sven-Göran Eriksson Classical Collection Various Artists 1
2002 Water Music Various Artists 1
2002 Pure Cinema Chillout Various Artists 2
2002 Barock zum Bücherlesen Various Artists 1
2002 World Soccer Anthems New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa 1
2002 Classical BRIT Awards 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Simply the Best Classical Smoothies Various Artists 1
2002 Euphoric Classics Various Artists 1
2002 The Art of Segovia Andrés Segovia 4
2002 The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album of All Time Various Artists 1
2002 It's Christmas Various Artists 1
2002 Klassik zum Kochen: Musik für schöne Stunden Various Artists 1
2002 Berühmte Orgelwerke aus vier Jahrhunderten Various Artists 1
2002 Classical Chillout Gold Various Artists 1
2002 The Best Chillout... Ever! Various Artists 3 1
2002 (Culture Pub) Classique Various Artists 1
2002 39 Plus Grand Titres du Classique Various Artists 1
2002 A Touch of... Various Artists 1
2002 Aangenaam Klassiek Editie 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Angel voices Various Artists 1
2002 Anytime Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 Australian Home Beautiful: Christmas at Home Various Artists 1
2002 Baroque Adagios Various Artists 2
2002 Best of the Concertos Various Artists 1
2002 Cathedral in Peril Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Christopher Gower 1
2002 Cello Lullaby: Music for Rest, Relaxation & Sleep Alfred Hornung & Niall Brown 1
2002 Classic Ads Various Artists 1
2002 Classic Christmas Various Artists 1
2002 Classic FM: Smooth Classics for Rough Days Various Artists 1
2002 Classical Chill Various Artists 1
2002 Classics for Relaxation Various Artists 1
2002 Coffee & Music, Volume II Various Artists 1
2002 Denon 24/7 Classic Sampler 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Energie im Tagesablauf: Musik zur Entspannung Various Artists 1
2002 For a Lazy Afternoon Various Artists 1
2002 For When You're Alone Various Artists 1
2002 Glenn Gould: Ein Leben in Musik Glenn Gould 1
2002 High Fidelity Reference CD No. 63 Various Artists 1
2002 High Fidelity Reference CD No. 70 Various Artists 1
2002 Klassik Highlights - 15 Jahre Naxos Various Artists 1
2002 Kuschelklassik 7 Various Artists 1
2002 Music for Civil Ceremonies Various Artists 1
2002 Sarabande: Beliebte Barockwerke Various Artists 1
2002 Selected Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Simply Classical Various Artists 1
2002 Smart Symphonies Various Artists 2
2002 Spring - The Four Seasons 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Summer Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Sunday Express Essential Classics Various Artists 1
2002 The Christmas Harp Andrea Vigh, Deborah Sipkai, Marion Hofmann 1
2002 The Classic 100, Volume I Various Artists 1
2002 The Classic 100, Volume II Various Artists 1
2002 The Colour of Classics: Sampler CD Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of Classical Lounge: Classical Music for Relaxation Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of Classical Masterpieces Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of James Galway James Galway 2
2002 Till the End of Time Various Artists 1
2002 Trésors classiques, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Victorian Songs & Music: Empire of the Song Olivia Bailey 1
2002 Wellness durch die Jahreszeiten Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of Victoria de los Angeles Victoria de los Ángeles 1
2003 Adagio: A Windham Hill Collection Various Artists 1
2003 The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World… Ever! II Various Artists 3
2003 The Very Best of Classical Chillout Various Artists 1
2003 Classical Gold Various Artists 1
2003 Trésors guitare classique Julian Bream, John Williams 1
2003 Diamond Classics Various Artists 1
2003 The Trumpet Shall Sound Maurice André 1
2003 The Very Best of Chilled Classics* Various Artists 2
2003 Best of Trompete Various Artists 1
2003 Classical Chillout Various Artists 1
2003 The Legendary Dame Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2003 Gramophone Editor's Choice: The Top Ten Discs July 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 Chill: Classical Various Artists 1
2003 The very best of Lucia Popp Lucia Popp 1
2003 The Classical Chillout Box Various Artists 2

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