Handel: Alexander's Feast

Handel: Alexander's Feast


Alexander’s Feast is based on an ode by Dryden which imagines a victory feast given by Alexander the Great in the captured Persian city of Persepolis before he burned it down,incited by the seductive singing of the lyre player Timotheus. No-one knows the real reason for the destruction of the city but the power, lyricism and beauty of Handel’s music makes Timotheus’ persuasion utterly convincing and bears out Dryden’s subtitle for the original ode - Alexander’s Feast, or the Power of Music.

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Running Time: 2:10

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