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Handel's Last Chance
(1996)

TV Movie

Country: Canada

Genre: Family, Historical Drama

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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.

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Has its silly, unrealistic plot elements but is not as wildly anachronistic as Bach's Fight for Freedom, and Tod Fennell is quite comely and has a nice enough voice. Still, I say: if you want a boy-and-composer movie, see Beethoven Lives Upstairs. If you want a boy-and-Händel story, listen to Hallelujah Handel from the Classical Kids series. If you want to hear boys singing the Messiah, get the recording by the Choir of New College Oxford under Edward Higginbottom. It's a reconstruction of the 1751 version, in which Händel used boy singers for the soprano solos.

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