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Handel's Last Chance

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After their music has endured centuries, it's hard to believe that some classical composers were not as successful in their own lifetimes. In this edition of the composer series from HBO, George Friderick Handel travels to Dublin to try to revive his failing music career by premiering his first oratorio, "The Messiah," what would become his greatest work. While searching for singers to perform in the production, Handel meets street urchin Jamie O'Flaherty, who has the perfect voice for a solo. Handel saves Jamie ...
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Overview

After their music has endured centuries, it's hard to believe that some classical composers were not as successful in their own lifetimes. In this edition of the composer series from HBO, George Friderick Handel travels to Dublin to try to revive his failing music career by premiering his first oratorio, "The Messiah," what would become his greatest work. While searching for singers to perform in the production, Handel meets street urchin Jamie O'Flaherty, who has the perfect voice for a solo. Handel saves Jamie from poverty, and Jamie saves the show and Handel's career. Historically accurate and musically adept, this video is a valuable resource for music appreciation programs. Recommended for ages nine to 12.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Historical notes; 3 language versions - English, Español and Français; Scene access; Expanded soundtrack; Closed captioned; Dolby Digital stereo
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2004
  • UPC: 073999265323
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Devine EnT. CORP.
  • Time: 51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,446

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leon Pownall Handel
Tod Fennell Jamie O'Flaherty
Gerard Parkes
Seanna McKenna
Cody Jones
Steven E. Miller
Jennifer Rockett
Technical Credits
Milan Cheylov Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [1:41]
2. An Easy Mark [2:54]
3. Not Impressed [3:51]
4. Doing Time [:49]
5. A Deal Is Struck [3:31]
6. A New Beginning [2:28]
7. First Day at School [2:54]
8. Scrubbing and Singing [2:49]
9. Audition Distress [1:22]
10. He Can Sing! [1:34]
11. Silence the Mutt [2:55]
12. You Can't Run Away [2:33]
13. Last Chance [4:11]
14. The Rent's Due [1:20]
15. Doing Laundry [3:39]
16. Finders Keepers [1:59]
17. Arrested! [2:14]
18. Dead to Rights [1:06]
19. Restitution [2:41]
20. Credits [1:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Watch the Film
   Special Features
      The Filming of Handel
      The Life and Times of Georg Friedrich Handel
      Handel: Soundtrack
         Soloman - Arrival of The Queen Sheba
         Messiah - Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted
         Music for The Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
            Overture
            La Réjouissance
         Water Music, HWV 34B-350 - Air
         Water Music, HWV 34B-350
            Bourée
            Hornpipe
            Alla Hornpipe
            Menuet II
            Affetuoso
            Cantabile
         Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3 in G Major - I. Allegro
         Messiah
            Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion
            Amen Chorus
            Hallelujah Chorus
      Cast of Characters
      Photo Gallery
      More About Our Award-Winning Films
   Scene Index
   Web Link
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