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


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

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, as indicated in the original manuscript. It is used to especially beautiful effect in La Paix ([20]).

Handel, George Frideric

  Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348
1.   I. Overture: Largo - Allegro - II. Adagio e staccato 00:05:07
2.   III. Allegro - IV. Andante - Allegro 00:06:53
3.   V. Passepied 00:03:42
4.   VI. Air 00:02:29
5.   VII. Menuet 00:02:11
6.   VIII. Bourree 00:02:11
7.   IX. Hornpipe 00:02:41
8.   X. Allegro 00:04:09
  Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349
9.   I. — 00:02:07
10.   II. Alla Hornpipe 00:02:59
11.   III. Minuet 00:01:52
12.   IV. Lentement 00:02:05
13.   V. Bourree 00:01:25
  Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350
14.   I. Sarabande 00:02:59
15.   II. Rigaudon I and II 00:02:38
16.   III. Menuet I and II 00:03:34
17.   IV. Gigue I and II 00:01:41
  Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
18.   I. Overture 00:07:17
19.   II. Bourree 00:03:05
20.   III. La paix 00:03:23
21.   IV. La rejouissance 00:03:05
22.   V. Menuet I - Menuet II 00:03:17

Total Playing Time: 01:10:50

Handel, George Frideric

Mallon, Kevin

Aradia Ensemble

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.557764

Barcode: 747313276424

Boxset: 8.501061

Physical Release: 01/2006

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