George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)

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Top Handel pieces

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'Eternal Source of light divine' George Frideric Handel (1685-1759 : Germany) Conductor: Harry Christophers Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Soloists: Elin Manahan-Thomas Record label: UCJ Catalogue ID: 4765970

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Hallelujah Chorus George Frideric Handel Conductor: Neville Marriner Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Record label: Duo Catalogue ID: 470 044-2

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759 : Germany) Conductor: Stephen Layton Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music;Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge Record label: Hyperion Catalogue ID: CDA 67678

Most shared Handel features

Smiling composers

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The Champions League Trophy and the Choir of Westminster Abbey

What is the Champions League music – and what are the lyrics to the famous football anthem?

Mezzo Daniela Mack Handel runs

Mezzo sings a gigantic 72-note Handel phrase **in one breath**

 Handel shred

This Handel shred is the most majestic piece of classical humour

Joy to the World

Music geeks are tearing apart this ‘Joy to the World’ cake and it’s hilarious

Eternal Source of Light Divine

This stunning version of Handel's ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ for voice and saxophone is spine-tingling