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Solo pianoforte, NIKOLAI ORLOFF
Conductor, LESLIE HEWARD Overture, Samson Handel
The overture to Samson (1743) is typical of Handel's instrumental style at its maturity. It is constructed on the so-called ' French overture ' pattern, the three-movement model established by Lully: a slow, pompous movement, a more or less fugal allegro, and a movement in dance form. The second movement of the Samson overture contains one of Handel's now notorious plagiarisms, one of its themes being borrowed from a Fantasia in the ' Componimenti musicali ' of Gottlieb Muffat , a well-known Viennese composer of the day. The delightful minuet, often played as a separate piece, is reminiscent of the style of Reinhard Keiser (1673-1739), though in this case Handel can hardly be accused of actual plagiarism.
(Solo pianoforte, NIKOLAI ORLOFF)
This is the famous ' Coronation Concerto', so called because Mozart played it for the first time at Frankfurt on October 15, 1790, in the course of the festivities following the coronation of the Emperor Leopold II. According to the title-page of the old Andre edition, Mozart also played the F major Concerto (K.459) on the same occasion. Both works had been composed years earlier, however, the F major in 1784, the D major in 1788.


Nikolai Orloff
Gottlieb Muffat
Reinhard Keiser

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Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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