Handel and Bel Canto

There is one man who is sufficiently authoritative to help us to a fairly reliable account of bel-canto, viz., Handel. The words of Robert Franz to Waldmann (quoted by Mr Finck in "Songs and Song Writers") are definite: "If anyone understood the 'bel-canto' of the Italians, it was Handel."  Here then is firm earth. Handel understood [...]