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

Total Playing Time: 01:10:50






Composer(s):
Handel, George Frideric

Conductor(s):
Mallon, Kevin

Ensemble(s):
Aradia Ensemble

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.557764

Barcode: 747313276424

Boxset: 8.501061; 8.503293

Release Date: 01/2006

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