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"Barockstar" tells the story of Handel‘s life as he journeyed through baroque Europe, leaving Germany for Italy and experiencing Florence, Rome and Venice, before arriving in London to begin the career that would bring him a worldwide reputation. The film shows the original locations in Halle, Rome, Venice, Florence and London that Handel himself visited. Stars and specialists in today‘s baroque music scene and descendants of Handel‘s friends and sponsors talk about their encounters with the maestro and his work, including Christopher Hogwood and Alan Curtis, Andrea Marcon, Trevor Pinnock and Howard Arman, Sandrine Piau, Christine Schäfer and Klara Ek, Handel expert Donald Burrows Prince Ruspoli-Sforza and Princess Claudia Ruspoli.
Handel‘s music is performed by The English Concert, the Händelfestspielorchester Halle, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Il Complesso Barocco.
Special Features : Notes and commentaries by Donald Burrows, Alan Curtis, Christopher Hogwood, Andrea Marcon, Martin Wild and others; Excerpts from Handel House Museum London, Bartholomäuskirche Halle (Saale) and The Foundling Museum ; About “Handel and Ruspoli”, The Handel organ in Vallerano” and “Handel and Hendrix”
Sound Format: DD 2.0
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Picture Format: 16:9
Running Time: 60 mins + 18 mins bonus
Subtitle Languages: IT, FR, JP
“Ulrich Meyszies's aim is to 'trace Handel's biography on a journey through Europe'. The music… is presented by a star-studded cast. We drop in on rehearsals with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert, and singers including Sandrine Piau at her passionate best. Scholarly commentators include Donald Burrows and Christopher Hogwood, shedding authoritative light on Handel the man and on his place in history.”