Handel, George Frideric Dryden, John , lyricist s. Composer s : Handel, George Frideric. Lyricist s : Dryden, John. Conductor s : Helbich, Wolfgang. Ensemble s : Concerto Polacco.
Georg Friedrich Händel
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We were thinking of doing a set ourselves during the next few months, but that has been made unnecessary by this fine new edition from Carus. As well as the full score, the vocal score is already available There are two obvious editorial decisions to be made. One is the title. In the first full score the title is more ambiguous: The Complete Score of the Ode Set to Music by Mr Handel. The other problem is what to do with the minuets that end the Ouverture.