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Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Birth of British Music - Part 2 - Handel, The Conquering Hero

Conductor Charles Hazlewood explores the lives and music of four composers intimately linked with Britain: Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn.

Handel - The Conquering Hero - The second of four programs focuses on Handel, who made his home in Britain and became a celebrity and national icon in the process. In an unusual take on John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera', Charles invites comedian Phill Jupitus to take a new approach to the music along with acclaimed folk singers Rachel and Becky Unthank, guitarist Adrian Utley from Portishead, and jazz drummer Martin France.

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