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."

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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.

2 comments:

  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.

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  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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