Composer of the Week: Handel

Volant Fingers

Episode 1 Volant Fingers



Donald Macleod explores the composer's skills as an organist, beginning by revealing how he impressed the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, dazzled his Roman audiences and invented the organ concerto. Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a; (Sonata - ‘Taci, qual suono ascolto'). Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (organ and direction). Fugue in G, HWV 606. Ton Koopman (organ of St James', Great Packington). Concerto Grosso in D, Op 3 No 6 (HWV 317). Les Musiciens du Louvre, conductor Marc Minkowski. Deborah, HWV 51 (Act 2, ‘In the battle, fame pursuing'). James Bowman (countertenor: Barak), Paul Nicholson (chamber organ), The King's Consort. conductor Robert King. Esther, HWV 50b (Act 1 scene 1, extract). Rebecca Outram (soprano: Israelite woman), Rosemary Joshua (soprano: Esther), Handel Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Laurence Cummings. Organ Concerto in B flat, Op 4 No 2 (HWV 290). Ottavio Dantone (organ and direction), Accademia Bizantina. Esther, HWV 50b (Act 2 scene 4, extract). Handel Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Laurence Cummings.

Cast & Crew

Producer Chris Bairstow