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Handel Remixed 2, Barbican | reviews, news & interviews

Handel Remixed 2, Barbican

Handel Remixed 2, Barbican

Hanel re-imagined at the Barbican

When I met the Nigerian rebel pop star Fela Kuti I asked him who was the greatest musician - he didn’t hesitate before replying George Frederic Handel. Kuti was wearing only a pair of red underpants at the time and smoking a massive spliff. His music has echoes of Handel, certainly in some keyboard lines, in all its solidity and moments of transcendence. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised at Handel’s continuing  reach across the centuries and continents. Beethoven and Mozart are among many to have re- arranged Handel.

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