Handel's Last Chance

Handel's Last Chance

DVD - 2003
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With his career failing, Handel needed a big hit. A young thief with a wonderful voice lands in jail and Handel secures his release so that the boy can perform in the first performance of "Messiah
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Sony Classical Film & Video, 2003, 1996
ISBN: 9781894449465
Branch Call Number: JDVD HANDEL'S
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (51 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 24, 2012

In spite of my constant misgivings about how classical musicians are portrayed in films (being an upright professional classical musician myself), especially pertaining to postures, gestures and comportments, these slights (which are often buffon-like, much to my chagrin and annoyance) can be forgiven here given the story quality and its messages to both the young and the old(er). As for the musical performances, though nothing is done in the style of period performance practice, they are thoroughly musical and eminently enjoyable. Now, to those who are not (as) informed, all the musical selections featured in the film came from large/larger works, such as the oratorios Solomon (The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, which heralds Act III of this work, opens the film) and The Messiah, the two famous works of occasional music - The Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks (which was written in 1749, along with Solomon, 7 or 8 years after The Messiah), and the Op. 3 cycle of 6 concerti grossi (an excerpt from No. 3 is featured in the film); and, all of which would, if played complete, in some consecutive fashion, and non-stop (including all the variants provided by the composer - those who really know The Messiah would know what I am talking about), amount to around 7 hours. Also, two excerpts in this soundtrack are actually arrangements, such as Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted and Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion from The Messiah.

Feb 11, 2012

nice short wonderful music. good movie


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