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Saturday, March 31, 2018 Permalink

The Borrowed Connection

The Handel Monument in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany


Listeners today may be troubled to learn that many of their favorite Handel works are—to some degree—indebted to other composers for their source material.

Some have called Handel’s recycling of other composers’ music creative borrowing. Others call it plagiarism. 

But, as 19th century author Samuel Butler said, in his assessment of Handel:  “Honesty consists not in never stealing, but in knowing where to stop in stealing, and how to make good use of what one does steal.”

In this hour, you'll hear the evidence and decide for yourself.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Telemann: Tafelmusik (for Concerto in F Major and Flute Sonata) Musica Amphion, Pieter-Jan Belder Brilliant Classics 92177 028421316710
Handel: Trionfo del Tempo e della Verita Elisabeth Scholl; Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, Joachim Carlos Martini Naxos 8.554440-42 0636943444023
Rapture (for Lascia Ch'Io Pianga) Kiri Te Kanawa, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood Deutsche Grammophon 289 471 717-2 028947171720
Handel: Solomon Academy of Ancient Music, Berlin Harmonia Mundi HMC 901949.50 794881848423
Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth London Handel Orchestra and Choir, Denys Darlow Hyperion CDD22050 034571120508
Graun: Grosse Passion Rhein Chorale & Little Concert, Hermann Max CPO 777 452-2 761203745227 
Stradella: Cantata a 6, Serenata a 3 Società Cameristica Di Lugano, Edwin Loehrer Nuova Era 1141 8010984111410
Handel: Israel in Egypt Leeds Festival Chorus & English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackarras Deutsche Grammophon 429 530-2 028942953024
Handel: Arcadian Duets Laura Claycomb & Anna Maria Panzarella; Le Concert d'Astree Virgin Veritas 545524 0724354552427
Handel: Messiah Dunedin Consort and Players, John Butt Linn Records CKD 285 691062028523
Kerll: Organ Music (for Canzone) Joseph Kelemen Oehms Classics OC 362 812864016147
Handel: Israel in Egypt Aradia Ensemble, Joseph Kelemen Naxos 8.570966-67 0747313096671
Handel: Organ Concertos Simon Preston; English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv Produktion 289 469 358-2 0289469358283
Gottlieb Muffat: Componimenti Musicali Mitzi Meyerson Glossa GCD 921804 8424562218048
Handel: Concerto Grosso op. 6, Nos. 5-8 Simon Preston, English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv Produktion 410 898-2 028941089823 
Handel: Concerto Grosso op. 6, Nos. 9-12 Simon Preston, English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv Produktion 410 899-2 028941089922
Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day Felicity Palmer; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Teldec 0630-12319-2  706301231920
Mozart: Requiem Choir of St. John’s College, English Chamber Orchestra, George Guest Chandos CHAN 8574 5014682857420





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