Composer of the Week: Handel: Last Thoughts, Fading Light

Composer of the Week: Handel: Last Thoughts, Fading Light

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Summary

Oratorio Joshua tapped in to contemporary events with a tale of conflict, heroism and deliverance, and was not surprisingly a huge success. By contrast, Handel's bleak and inward-looking Theodora - about the Christian martyr of that name and her Roman lover Didymus - failed to make an impression. Donald Macleod recalls the mixed fortunes of the composer's later works and the advent of blindness. Handel: Organ Concerto in D minor, Op 7 No 4, HWV309 (4th mvt, Allegro). Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, director Bob van Asperen (organ). Sinfonia in B flat, HWV347. Concerto Köln. Glory to God (Joshua, HWV64). James Gilchrist (tenor: Joshua). Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum, conductor Peter Neumann. Organ Concerto in G minor, Op 7 No 5, HWV310. Paul Nicholson, Brandenburg Consort, conductor Roy Goodman (harpsichord continuo). Streams of Pleasure Ever Flowing; Thither Let Our Hearts Aspire (Theodora, HWV68). Robin Blaze (countertenor: Didymus), Susan Gritton (soprano: Theodora), Gabrieli Players, conductor Paul McCreesh. Organ Concerto in B flat, Op 7 No 3, HWV 308. Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music.

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Presenter Donald MacLeod
Producer Chris Barstow
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