The Academy of Ancient Music reminds us
of Handel's early career in Rome,
by ELLEN MACDONALD-KRAMER
An oft-overlooked period of George Frideric Handel's career was closely examined this past Saturday afternoon [20 July 2013] in London's spacious, sunlit Cadogan Hall.
The theme of the BBC Proms matinée, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music with soprano soloist Sophie Bevan, explored an early period of Handel's artistic development which the composer spent in Rome.
It's quite easy to forget about Handel's formative years on the continent, not only in Rome but in Florence, Venice, and his native Germany. He was, after all, still a young man when he settled in England, where he would live for the rest of his life and produce the works we best remember today...
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