February 23: A Handel Festival

The final hour of this program commemorates the anniversary of the birth of George Frideric Handel on this day in 1685 with examples of Handel's oratorio compositions.

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Sergei Prokofiev: Violin concerto no. 1 in D, op. 19 (CD: Prokofiev: Violin (Joshua Bell, violin; Orchestre Concertos 1 & 2) Symphonique de Montréal; Charles Dutoit) Charles Ives: Three places in New England (CD: Ives: (The Gulbenkian Orchestra; Orchestral Works) Michel Swierczewski) Ellen Taafe Zwillich: Praeludium (CD: Summershimmer) (Barbara Harbach, organ)
John David: You are the new day (CD: The King's Singers (The King's Singers) 20th Anniversary Celebration Sampler) Larry King: The Transfiguration / The Song of Mary (CD: Organ & Choral (Choir of Trinity Church, Music of Larry King) Wall Street; Larry King) Samuel Sebastian Wesley: The Wilderness (CD: Cathedral Anthems (Choir of Worcester by S S Wesley, Vol. 1) Cathedral; Donald Hunt) Arthur Wills: Their sound is gone out (CD: The Praises (Choir of Ely Cathedral; Paul Trepte) of the Trinity) Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26 (CD: The Aldeburgh Allegro. Sehr lebhaft Recital) Adriano Banchieri: Il Festino de Giovedì Grasso (CD: Banchieri: Nobili spettatori Festino) Contrappunto bestiale alla mente (Concerto Italiano; Rinaldo Alessandrini) Kenneth Leighton: Awake, my Glory (CD: My Beloved Spake) (Choir of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh; Dennis Townhill) Henry Purcell: Love's goddess sure was blind (CD: Purcell: Complete Many such days Odes and Welcome (James Bowman, countertenor; Andrew Songs, Vol. 6) Tusa, high tenor; The King's Consort; Robert King)
George Frideric Handel: Alexander's Feast (CD: Handel: Now strike the golden lyre again Alexander's Feast) Revenge, Timotheus cries (Ian Partridge, tenor; Michael George, bass; The Sixteen; Harry Christophers) Handel: Father of Heaven (Judas Maccabaeus) (CD: Kathleen (Kathleen Ferrier; London Philharmonic Ferrier, Vol. 7) Orchestra; Sir Adrian Boult) Handel: Messiah (CD: Messiah) He that dwelleth in Heaven / Thou shalt break them Hallelujah (Paul Elliot, tenor; Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford; Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood) Handel, arr. Dryburgh: Pastoral Symphony, from Messiah (CD: Alleluia, Psallat) (Peninsula Women's Chorus; Patricia Hennings) Handel: Alexander's Feast (CD: Handel: Softly sweet, in Lydian measures Alexander's Feast) War, he sung, is toil and trouble The many rend the skies Handel: Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 1 in g minor (CD: Handel: (Paul Nicholson, organ; The Alexander's Feast) Sixteen; Harry Christophers) Handel: Esther (CD: Handel: Esther) The Lord our enemy has slain
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