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Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

Part of a day of music from around Europe and beyond to conclude BBC Radio 3's week celebrating the music of George Frideric Handel - marking the 250th anniversary of his death.

Plus Handel expert Suzanne Aspden on the streets of London with a handful of Handel Calling Cards - uncovering the places associated with Handel in the capital and the music he wrote there.


  • Catherine Bott presents a concert from handel house museum in london, reflecting chamber music in the home in handel's day.

    domestic music-making was an important part of 18th-century life and publishers were keen to cash in on handel's popularity.

    many arrangements of his music - often pirated - appeared in versions to suit the kind of instruments found in some of the grander homes of the day.

    overture (semele)

  • andrew lawrence-king (harp).

    a feast of handel from europe and beyond - with concerts from germany, rome and london

  • annelies dille (mezzo-soprano)
  • bart naessens (organ)
  • bo holten (conductor)


  • chacona (concerto a due cori in f)

    pamela thorby (recorder)

  • collegium apollineum
  • collegium instrumentale brugense
  • concert from the market church in halle, where handel was baptised in 1685.

    zadok the priest

  • concert from the quirinale palace in rome, featuring music handel wrote in the city as a young man in his twenties.

    saeviat tellus inter rigores

  • concert of organ and vocal music from st michael's church, leuven.

    organ concerto in f, op 4 no 4

  • dixit dominus

    andrea arrivabene (contralto)

  • flemish radio chorus
  • foundling hospital anthem (blessed are they that considereth the poor)

    liesbeth devos (soprano)

  • gary cooper (harpsichord)
  • halle madrigalists
  • handel arias and orchestral music from both sides of the atlantic: nicholas mcgegan conducts the st paul chamber orchestra at the ordway centre, st paul, minnesota, and soprano ruby hughes joins the rte national symphony orchestra conducted by andreas spering at the national concert hall in one of handel's favourite cities, dublin.


  • handel festival chorus
  • handel festival orchestra of the halle staatskapelle
  • howard arman (conductor)


  • israel in egypt (excerpts)

    mdr chorus

  • march (saul)
  • marco feruglio (conductor)


  • messiah (excerpts)
  • overture (esther)
  • raffaella milanesi, paola cigna (soprano)
  • recorder sonata in b flat
  • recorder sonata in d minor
  • suite (rinaldo)
  • the english consort
  • the ferenc erkel chamber orchestra perform handel's concerti grossi, op 3, at the marble hall in budapest.


  • the ways of zion do mourn
  • utrecht jubilate (excerpt)

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    Presented by Andrew Mcgregor.

    Continuing a day of celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel.

    Featuring a concert from the Witold Lutoslawski Hall in Warsaw.

    Handel: Concerto grosso in D minor, Op 6 No 10; Concerto grosso in F, Op 6 No 2; Two arias: Myself I shall adore; Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me? (Semele); Concerto grosso in B minor, Op 6 No 12

    Maria Keohane (soprano)

  • arte dei suonatori
  • martin gester (conductor).

    with concerti grossi, op 6 nos 10, 2 and 12, plus excerpts from semele

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    Andrew Mcgregor presents the grand finale to a feast of Handel concerts from around Europe and beyond to mark the 250th anniversary of the great composer's death.

    And Handel expert Suzanne Aspden travels through the streets of London with a handful of Handel Calling Cards, uncovering the places associated with the composer and the music he wrote there.


  • anna zander (contralto)
  • celebratory concert from the new danish radio concert hall in copenhagen.

    bach: fantasia in g, bwv572; nun komm der heiden heiland in g minor, bwv659; fugue in g minor, bwv578

  • dr danish national symphony orchestra
  • magnus ahlstrom, love enstrom (tenors)
  • performance from the berwald hall in stockholm of a handel choral blockbuster.

    israel in egypt (two-part version: exodus; moses' song)

    helena olsson, marie alexis (soprano)

  • peter dijkstra (conductor).

    with arias from rodelinda, israel in egypt and music for the royal fireworks

  • rebaroque
  • staffan alveteg, bengt aklund (basses)
  • swedish radio chorus
  • ton koopman (conductor)


  • ton koopman (organ)

    handel: two arias: dove sei amato bene; vivi tiranno (rodelinda); concerto grosso in g, op 6 no 1; ombra mai fu (serse); aure deh per pieta (giulio cesare in egitto); music for the royal fireworks

    andreas scholl (countertenor)