Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
One of the glories of the Baroque era, George Frederick Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" was composed in 1749 to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. This is among Handel's most popular works and the joyous fanfares and noble airs of this celebratory suite are played here with period instrumentation and historically informed performance practices by Jeanne Lamon and Tafelmusik. The music's regal grandeur fully comes across in this exciting recording, and the strong emphasis on the woodwinds and brass give the proper volume and brusqueness of a piece written for outdoor performance. To fill out ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
One of the glories of the Baroque era, George Frederick Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks" was composed in 1749 to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. This is among Handel's most popular works and the joyous fanfares and noble airs of this celebratory suite are played here with period instrumentation and historically informed performance practices by Jeanne Lamon and Tafelmusik. The music's regal grandeur fully comes across in this exciting recording, and the strong emphasis on the woodwinds and brass give the proper volume and brusqueness of a piece written for outdoor performance. To fill out the program, Tafelmusik also plays the three concertos for two horns, which are a marvelous complement to the "Music for the Royal Fireworks" in their exuberant tone and similar musical content. This exceptional album was recorded in 1998 and first released by Sony, though it was reissued in 2012 on Tafelmusik's own label. The original 20-bit recording was extraordinary in clarity and warmth, so the quality of the CD's sound stands up remarkably well, even when compared to later super audio recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2012
  • Label: Tafelmusik Media
  • UPC: 880513101124
  • Catalog Number: 1011
  • Sales rank: 339,965

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351 - George Frideric Handel & Nikolaus Boddin (19:12)
  2. 7–11 Concerto a due cori No.2 in F major, HWV 333 - George Frideric Handel & Nikolaus Boddin (16:16)
  3. 12–17 Concerto a due cori No.1 in B flat major, HWV 332 - George Frideric Handel & Nikolaus Boddin (13:38)
  4. 18–22 Concerto a due cori No.3 in F major, HWV 334 - George Frideric Handel & Nikolaus Boddin (16:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Primary Artist
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