from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Handel, George Frideric 1685-1759. German-born composer whose works include the English oratorio Messiah (1742) and the orchestral Water Music (1717).
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- n. the music of Handel
- n. a prolific British baroque composer (born in Germany) remembered best for his oratorio Messiah (1685-1759)
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Handel is lucky that the AJC has decided, for whatever reason, not to do any close fact-checking on her campaign video.
Steffani favours short-form arias (rather than the long da capo kind familiar in Handel), which conjure extreme emotional intensity and slip easily between comic and tragic.
Beethoven said: “Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived.”
Irony, regret, resignation — Handel is astonishingly good at this sort of thing.
And no wonder Handel is at his best — something I think he never gets enough credit for — with the complicated characters of older women, usually powerful, but afraid of the passage of time.
Throughout her career, Sutherland played a covetable string of some of the preeminent bel canto, female operatic roles from Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare to the title character in Delibe's Lakmé and from Suor Angelica in Puccini's short opera of the same name to Maguerite de Valois in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots.
As you can imagine, with Versailles the setting, and the concerts serving as a big-time tourist attraction, the performances are going to be larger than life, and the fireworks that you may have seen in Handel or in Mahler or in the Ring in LA, will be as nothing to what will be going on during this 3-month classical music celebration of wine, women, men & song.
I once saw Dessay sing while running backwards and holding a tray of drinks (in Handel's Alcina).
(Anthony Tommasini relates the famous story of her landing the role of Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, as much a Napoleonically deft flanking maneuver as a prima donna's ultimatum.)
Handel, an accolade to good sons by loving fathers, beautifully composed, simple, lyrical, a touching rich bass aria considered by Winton Dean to be "as beautiful as anything of its length (18 bars) in Handel's work."
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