Royal Free Singers and The Orchestra of London: G.F. Handel - Alexander's Feast

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Composed in 1736 and premiered at Covent Garden Theatre in London, this magnificent piece describes a banquet held by Alexander the Great in the captured Persian city of Persepolis.  Encouraged by his mistress, Thais, and the singing of the Greek army’s resident musician, Timotheus, an increasingly intoxicated Alexander and his guests set about burning down the city in order to avenge the Greek soldiers killed in battle with the Persians.

Alexander’s Feast was a great success and it encouraged Handel to make the transition from writing Italian opera to English choral works.