Three by Handel

Many of my ‘composer crushes’ over the years have come and gone, as they do.  However, my love for G.F. Handel never fades.

Lots of people concur…

Samuel Butler: “Handel is so great and so simple that no one but a professional musician is unable to understand him.”

And, “Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head and kneel on his grave.” Beethoven.

Three Handel gems for a chilly Monday. First, an aria from Alexander Balus, sung by Renée Fleming.

Next: the first movement of his “Dixit Dominus” (a psalm setting), pure choral delight.

Finally, a minuet from one of the keyboard suites, as arranged by Wilhelm Kempff, and performed by Khatia Buniatishvili.

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