18 Feb 2022

HANDEL arr William Best: Overture to The Occasional Oratorio

From Music Alive, 8:01 pm on 18 February 2022

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Performed by Indra Hughes on the Auckland Town Hall Organ, 13 August 2021.

Indra Hughes

Indra Hughes at Huia Photo: Indra Hughes

The Overture to Handel’s The Occasional Oratorio was, as Indra Hughes writes in his programme notes, “a hurriedly-written piece of patriotic political propaganda in response to the ‘occasion’ of Duke of Cumberland’s brutally bloody defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at the battle of Culloden.”

But despite it being hurriedly-written, Hughes describes this overture as one of Handel’s finest.

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 13 August 2021
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay