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Handel George Frederic (1685-1759)

Biography of Handel George Frederic:

Creative minds are motivated by every kind of different reason. Shortly after the first London performance of Messiah, Handel was congratulated by Thomas Hay, the eighth Earl of Kinnoul, who dubbed the work "a noble entertainment". The composer replied: "My Lord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them, I wished to make them better". Stravinsky's motivation for The Soldier's Tale, a Russian folktale with deeply theological implications, was, in his words, to make available "a message universal to all mankind". Of course, the listener's reactions to these spiritual (sic) sentiments will cover the whole spectrum. Pro Christe, as a christian choir and orchestra, would want to keep the issues within a theological context. Whereas some would say that at the most, Handel was blessed with a vivid imagination during the frenetic three-week composition period - "I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the Great God Himself" - it is possible that Handel, through a living faith, was able to receive direct inspiration from God through the Holy Spirit. Such quality of faith would also form the basis of his desire that his listeners would be "bettered". Others would argue that Oratorio was designed to be heard merely on the basis of the dramatic attributes of the artform - there was no question of Handel intending to provoke a contemplative reaction. But the Passion of Christ demands a much deeper response than that! Why so much pastoral imagery for example, even from the very Birth of Christ? "He shall feed His flock like a shepherd ... Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world ... All we like sheep have gone astray ... Worthy is the Lamb that was slain ...". Our response to the Passion could be rendered meaningless if we do not acknowledge the obvious answer - the concept of Sacrifice, coupled to a glorious and triumphant Resurrection. At the time of this recording (Autumn 1986) Pro Christe saw itself (and would still) as a collective instrument playing to fulfil Handel's own dedication of his Messiah - "Soli Deo Gloria - to God alone be Glory". Despite a memorable 'launching performance' of Messiah at Westminster Abbey in May 1987, it has not proved possible, for many reasons, to make the vision an ongoing one. But the very worthwhile legacy of the recording is the knowledge that substantial royalties from its sales will continue to benefit Tear Fund. To this end, we are delighted and grateful that Guild Music has 'taken the plunge' to make a CD version possible. Enjoy - and tell your friends! 1995 John Harmar-Smith

CD's with Handel George Frederic
The Oxford Book of Wedding Music

ArtNr. GMCD 7107

Messiah by Handel

ArtNr. GMDD 7112/13

In a Monestry Garden - James Culp, Organ

ArtNr. GMCD 7212

Processional and Reflective Music for Weddings

ArtNr. GMCD 7218

Love Divine - Wesleyan Music from the Choir of Lincoln College Oxford

ArtNr. GMCD 7256

L'AMORE DEI TRE RE - Montemezzi - 1941

ArtNr. GHCD 2234/35

MASS IN B MINOR - Bach, FOUR SERIOUS SONGS - Brahms - 1951

ArtNr. GHCD 2260/61/62

I PAGLIACCI - Leoncavallo Vinay - Quartararo - Metropolitan Opera - 1948

ArtNr. GHCD 2291/92

Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) - Beethoven Symphony No. 9

ArtNr. GHCD 2345/46

Leopold Stokowski - The Blue Danube Waltz & Music for Strings

ArtNr. GHCD 2392

The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Lights

Light Music

ArtNr. GLCD 5222

The Golden Age of Light Music: A Carol Symphony - Music For The Festive Season

Light Music

ArtNr. GLCD 5233

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