George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)

The fast and friendly guide to Handel

Classic FM's Fast And Friendly Guide to Handel


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 (1685-1759 : Germany) Conductor: Neville Marriner Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Record label: Duo Catalogue ID: 470 044-2

Most shared Handel features

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

Messiah organ fail

Organist accidentally hits ‘transpose’ during Handel’s Messiah, and produces this spectacular fail

Football and opera merge thanks to Phil Jones

Someone has set Phil Jones gurning to a Handel aria - and it’s the only thing you need to see today