It is famous for its grand Handelian
choruses (one can almost sense Haydn's awe at the Handel legacy he soaked up during his two stays in London in the 1790s), sturdily rendered by KCS.
But the book as a whole is a well-written, thought-provoking read for any Handelian
. I hope that Cambridge University Press will publish the book in a more affordable paperback edition soon.
"Alan Curtis thought I was his model Handelian
because I had the vocal profile required for Handel's soprano heroines." Her assumption of Alcina at Madrid's Teatro Reale was a triumph--as much dramatic as vocal--and perhaps convinced Gauvin to return to Mozart's complex and demanding Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito.
The composer's directions throughout the score are very specific; instructions include "always slightly quieter than you might think," "dangerous," and "think a Handelian
'loure' here." The piano delivers a variety of effects, by turn percussive, atmospheric, arpeggiated, and driven, and often dovetailing with the vocal line drone.
Smith, A Handelian
's Notebook (London: Adam & Charles Black, 1965), 70.
Perhaps the fact that it was the first of Glyndebourne's special days when all the tickets were reduced to u30 for people under the age of 30 (except me, of course) but whatever the reason, everyone seemed to enjoy it hugely as a great Handelian
Commission after commission came across his desk and he produced a collection of work that was 'Handelian
' in scope.
The second half was mostly taken up with Charles' burlesque oratorio which provided the template for his later burlesque pieces The Village Choir (1925) and Handelian
(He appears to be a businessman, but commerce, like heaven, can wait.) A lover of movement, chance, new things, the suave and extroverted Vittorio seems conceived as the nervous, reclusive Rivette's opposite and alter ego, and it is he who helps orchestrate both Kate's exorcism, which releases her from a lifetime of grief, and the film's finale, a Handelian
round of new and severed alliances, of forgiveness and reluctant departure.
The spiritual heart of the piece is the sixth section, which contains four climaxes marked fortissimo, takes off in a Handelian
C major fugue and was the real highlight of the evening.
In his new Afterword and bibliography he has been able to take account of recent work in matters Handelian
The disc was recorded this year with the Basic Chamber Orchestra under the British Handelian