BBC Documentary – Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music. It has been recorded hundreds of times and contains a tune that is as instantly recognisable as any in music. Yet few people know the extraordinary story of how this much-loved piece came to public attention – or how it helped save…

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Water music & Music for the royal fireworks — Le concert spirituel, Hervé Niquet — BBC, Proms 2012

Händel: Water music & Music for the royal fireworks • Water music • Music for the royal fireworks Le concert spirituel Conducted by Hervé Niquet One of the most enjoyable and vivacious interpretations I’ve ever heard. "Authnentic" performances can sometimes be downright off-putting – not this one. Enjoy :-). markfromireland

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Salve Regina

Handel’s Salve Regina was written during 1707 for performance during a religious Festival most likely in the Marchese Ruspolis private chapel on Trinity Sunday. Like Handel’s other Roman patron’s Ruspoli was extremely wealthy, could afford the best singers available, and expected Handel to write accordingly. Handel who believed that the road to riches lay in…