Handel arrived in Hamburg in 1703, aged eighteen. He spent four years in the city and wrote several works for the towns opera house. Hamburg opera was a rather eclectic beast at the time, drawing on Italian and French language and instrumental style alongside the native German. Handel fell happily into this genre; this recording brings together a selection of the delightful orchestral music (which tends to be in the French style) that Handel wrote there, some of it recorded for the first time.
A highly entertaining collection. Delightful rarities from the young Handel --(Classic CD)
A marvellous disc --(The Independent)