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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
Album Price
USD 6.99


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,



Review By Balázs Miklós,Fidelio,June 2006

A „barokk slágerek” sorában bizonyára a Négy évszaké az elso hely. De alighanem a dobogó második fokára legalább ugyanilyen magától értetodoen és ellentmondást nem turoen kapaszkodna fel G. F. Händel Vízi- és Tuzijátékzenéje (1715/17 ill. 1749)—mondjuk Bach zenekari szvitjeivel vagy Brandenburgi versenyeivel holtversenyben&mdash, melyeknek népszerusége már-már vetekszik a sokat emlegetett Négy évszakéval.


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