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HANDEL, G.F.: Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon)

Composer(s)Handel, George Frideric
Artist(s) Mallon, Kevin, Conductor • Aradia Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557764
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available
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Brimming with exhilarating dance tunes and colourful sonorities, Handel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks are his two most popular orchestral works. They were composed, respectively, for royal water parties on the River Thames in August 1715 and July 1717, and to celebrate the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749, with a fireworks display in Green Park, London. While the July 1717 entertainment was an unqualified success – the King “caused it to be plaid three times in going and returning” – the Royal Fireworks of 1749 was “ill-conducted” and a pyrotechnic disaster, with one of the pavilions catching fire! This is the first recording of Music for the Royal Fireworks to include a transverse flute,


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HANDEL, G.F.: Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon) 1:10:50   
  Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348          
      I. Overture: Largo - Allegro - II. Adagio e staccato 5:07       
      III. Allegro - IV. Andante - Allegro 6:53       
      V. Passepied 3:42       
      VI. Air 2:29       
      VII. Menuet 2:11       
      VIII. Bourree 2:11       
      IX. Hornpipe 2:41       
      X. Allegro 4:09       
  Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349          
      I. — 2:07       
      II. Alla Hornpipe 2:59       
      III. Minuet 1:52       
      IV. Lentement 2:05       
      V. Bourree 1:25       
  Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350          
      I. Sarabande 2:59       
      II. Rigaudon I and II 2:38       
      III. Menuet I and II 3:34       
      IV. Gigue I and II 1:41       
  Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351          
      I. Overture 7:17       
      II. Bourree 3:05       
      III. La paix 3:23       
      IV. La rejouissance 3:05       
      V. Menuet I - Menuet II 3:17       
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