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Rife with excerpts from renowned 18th-Century baroque composer George Frederic Handel’s most famous compositions, such as his coronation anthem for King George I, as well as insightful glimpses into his personal and professional lives, Darren Henley offers a succinct and thoroughly engaging primer on a towering figure in classical music history in this audiobook expertly read by Marin Alsop, whose inviting, enthusiastic performance makes this a must-listen for anyone interested in the life and work of the German-born master.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the More Famous Composers collection.

The first volume of Famous Composers, written by Darren Henley and read by Marin Alsop, the American conductor, won a prestigious Audie in the US. Here, Henley and the Naxos AudioBooks team bring the combination of an entertaining but informative "life" and numerous musical selections to a further set of six composers: Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and contemporary artist Paul Williams.

Also listen to the first book, Famous Composers.
©2007 Naxos AudioBooks (P)2007 Naxos AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"The pleasantly voiced Marin Alsop once again acts as musical tour guide, giving historical context and sharing engaging bits of information... while also calling our attention to interesting, illustrative moments in the music. Though clearly designed for children, this engaging audio experience is educational for a wide audience." (AudioFile)

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