Han­del in Lon­don: The Mak­ing of a Ge­nius 9.45am, Ra­dio 4

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First game in the crossover round. Ever­ton look to bounce back from Mersey­side derby ig­nominy. Clash be­tween two sides seek­ing a play­off place. In 1712, young Ger­man com­poser Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del de­cided to try his luck in Eng­land. Things worked out. Over the next four decades, he would be at the cen­tre of Bri­tish mu­si­cal life, com­pos­ing the corona­tion an­them, Zadok the Priest, for Ge­orge II; op­eras such as Gi­ulio Ce­sare and Al­cina; and or­a­to­rios, most no­tably his master­piece Messiah. In the Book of the Week slot, Jane Glover, who has con­ducted Han­del’s work around the world, tells the story of a re­mark­able life.

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