The baroque composer George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) was one of the greatest composer who has ever lived. He composed many works in a range of genres. There’s so much Handel to handle … well … to explore!
If you’re not familiar with Handel there’s a great compilation to start your exploration into his compositions. 101 Handel is a 6 CD box set with 101 Handel tracks covering many of his most famous works, including instrumental works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks, Concerto grossi, Organ Concertos, and vocal works as such as anthems, Messiah and various opera and oratorio arias.
The compilation 101 Handel is a very good introduction to Handel as it covers the entire spectre of his works. 101 Handel was released in September 2013 and is available on Decca CDs, download and streaming.
The only Handel aria Pavarotti ever sang, the wonderful Care selve from the opera Atalanta, is included on this compilation. This aria is taken from his Decca studio album “Pavarotti in concert” (recorded in 1973, issued on LP in 1975, and now available on Decca CD, download and streaming). Richard Bonynge conducts the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
Listen to the video below (The aria starts 14 seconds into the video).
This post was originally published 24-03-2014. Last revision 24-03-2014.