Handel's Last Chance

Handel's Last Chance

Streaming Video - 2004
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A Dublin street kid is selected as a choirboy for Handel's first performance of The Messiah. His friendship helps deliver the composer from a temporary lack of self esteem and restores his great glory.
Audience: Not rated
Publisher: [United States] : Devine Entertainment Corporation : Made available through hoopla, 2004
ISBN: 9781894449465
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 51 min.)) : sd., col

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bokumusic
Sep 24, 2012

In spite of my constant misgivings about how classical musicians are portrayed in films (being an upright professional classical musician myself), especially pertaining to postures, gestures and comportments, these slights (which are often buffon-like, much to my chagrin and annoyance) can be forgiven here given the story quality and its messages to both the young and the old(er). As for the musical performances, though nothing is done in the style of period performance practice, they are thoroughly musical and eminently enjoyable. Now, to those who are not (as) informed, all the musical selections featured in the film came from large/larger works, such as the oratorios Solomon (The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, which heralds Act III of this work, opens the film) and The Messiah, the two famous works of occasional music - The Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks (which was written in 1749, along with Solomon, 7 or 8 years after The Messiah), and the Op. 3 cycle of 6 concerti grossi (an excerpt from No. 3 is featured in the film); and, all of which would, if played complete, in some consecutive fashion, and non-stop (including all the variants provided by the composer - those who really know The Messiah would know what I am talking about), amount to around 7 hours. Also, two excerpts in this soundtrack are actually arrangements, such as Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted and Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion from The Messiah.

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Feb 11, 2012

nice short wonderful music. good movie

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