Handel in Hamburg

Handel arrived in Hamburg in 1703, aged eighteen. He spent four years in the city and wrote several works for the town's opera house. Hamburg opera was a rather eclectic beast at the time, drawing on Italian and French language and instrumental style alongside the native German. Handel fell happily into this genre; this CD brings together a selection of the delightful orchestral music (which tends to be in the French style) that Handel wrote there, some of it recorded for the first time.

CDH55324  62 minutes 42 seconds
‘A marvellous disc’ (The Independent)
‘A highly entertaining collection. Delightful rarities from the young Handel’ (Classic CD)
‘The disc is warmly commended’ (Fanfare, USA)