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Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh: Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato 1740

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George Frideric Handel (1685--1759) was a bit of a larger-than- life character whose music, and its importance, could stand a bit of Reason, that period between the 1620s and the 1780s when the social, cultural and intellectual tides in Western Europe highlighted reason, analysis, and individualism rather than traditional power structures, e.g., the church. Handel live a good deal of his life in London as a naturalized citizen. Handel had (Johann Sebastian) Bach and (Domenico) Scarlatti (all three born the ...


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