Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Sixteen: Handel's 'Arrival Of The Queen of Sheba'

The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers, perform Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba."

This piece takes place in the beginning of Act 3 in Solomon, an oratorio that George Frideric Handel composed and completed in June 1748. Its first performance took place at the Theatre Royal in London, England, on March 17, 1749. The Sixteen are a British-based choir and period instrument orchestra founded by Harry Christophers in 1979.


  1. Handel's music is admired and appreciated, but not as much as it ought to be. Handel had a greater gift for melody than Bach did.
    Handel's operas don't entirely work as operas, despite their beautiful music. His oratorios, on the other hand, are triumphs.

  2. I think that this piece is well-recognized and appreciated by many. Perhaps Handel will achieve greater recognition when an internationally prominent orchestra plays him more.


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