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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks (Original Version 1749) [Import]

George Frideric Handel , Trevor Pinnock , The English Concert Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

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  • Performer: Trevor Pinnock
  • Orchestra: The English Concert
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Produktion/DG
  • ASIN: B000001GYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture: (Largo, Adagio), Allegro
2. Bourée
3. La Paix
4. La Réjouissance
5. Menuet I, Menuet II
6. (without tempo indication)
7. Adagio
8. Alla Hornpipe
9. Largo, Adagio, Allegro
10. Organo ad libitum
11. Allegro ma non troppo
12. Passacaille
13. Gigue: Presto
14. Menuet: Allegro moderato
15. Ouverture: (without tempo indication), Allegro
16. Adagio
17. Marche
18. Musette: Andante, Allegro, Musette: Andante
19. Finale: Allegro

Editorial Reviews

Here's another fine performance of the Fireworks Music in its original scoring for 9 horns, 9 trumpets, 21 oboes, 21 bassoons, 3 snare drums, and 3 timpani. It makes a grand noise, but just as interesting is the music that conductor Trevor Pinnock has assembled from other Handel works--something the composer himself did--to provide a rich and enjoyable selection of orchestral music that we'd ordinarily never hear in this form. Pinnock has had a tendency in the past to sound somewhat stiff in Handel's music, but here he lets his hair down and everyone concerned seems to be having a very good time. So will you. --David Hurwitz

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD quickly became one of my favorites! November 3, 1999
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This is the first time I have had the pleasure of hearing The Royal Fireworks Musick in its original 1749 form. Absolutely glorious! The following concerti, Passacaille, Gigue & Minuet and the Occasional Oratorio are an absolute delight! This very quickly became one of my favorite CDs-- not only because Handel is one of my two favorite composers (J.S. Bach being the other) but also because The English Concert is such an outstanding group. They give the listener an idea of what the music would've sounded like back in the days when REAL music was written and performed. This music is very festive. Pop open a bottle of Champagne and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great Handel disc March 9, 2003
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Masterful, bracing performances of some of Handel's best orchestral music. Everyone knows the Fireworks Music and this is a very good account (be aware, however, that this is the original scoring with no strings, just winds and percussion; I imagine the sound won't suit you if you don't like things too earthy); you will also really like the Passacaille, Gigue and Menuet, and the Occassional Suite. I'm amazed at the skill of these period-instrument players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating June 19, 2000
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It is unlikely that the Royal Fireworks Music was ever performed like this (there is evidence that Handel managed to sneak in violins, despite the King's declared preference for "martial instruments" only (a bit odd for a piece celebrating a peace treaty)). However, the results are truly exhilarating. It has been attempted only a few times before - Mackerras, Fennell/Eastman Wind Ensemble and Paillard - the last-named used every top wind player in Paris led by the king of trumpeters, Maurice André. In my opinion, Paillard is marginally better than this (more drama, more light and shade in the reading), but to the best of my knowledge it is no longer available. Moreover, Pinnock uses original instruments, with their unique sound. All in all, a fabulous sound and well worth acquiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Igniting music! May 19, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If you've only heard the "Music for the Royal Fireworks" in standard version, sauced in strings, prepare for an experience! In this version, for the first time the title is explained. The grand, bracing interpretation of Pinnock made me want to go out and dynamite something heavy! Not to mention the suites and concerts, assembled by Pinnock from various works by Handel - apparently Handel, when asked to write something for an occasion, sometimes assembled and rearranged "old" pieces from his "musical bank-vault". Pinnock does it very convincingly - beautiful music. Note the first and third mvts. of the first concerto, where Handel/Pinnock has reused some of the Water Music mvts. - or is it the other way around?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel Redux November 14, 2008
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This is actually a concept album featuring music that Handel wrote for special occasions and music he didn't write for such occasions. To explain, Trevor Pinnock takes as his point of departure the fact that Handel famously recycled his earlier music to meet the exigencies of deadlines and the like. A case in point is Handel's nonetheless wonderful Occasional Oratorio, cobbled together, during the summer (1742) of Bonny Prince Charlie's invasion of England and defeat at Culloden, from pieces written for Israel in Egypt, Athalia, the Coronation Anthems--you name it.

Depending on your reaction to such matters, Pinnock either cleverly or pointlessly takes the superb overture that Handel wrote (newly!) for this oratorio and adds movements from Ariodante (one of Handel's most hauntingly beautiful pieces--he used it again in his Trio Sonata Opus 5 no. 2), Joshua, and Alessandro Severo to make a martial suite suitable to an occasion that might have happened but didn't. It's fully Handelian, of course, and perfect in just about every other sense as well, unless you're an awful stick in the mud.

Even more curious in provenance is the Passacaille, Gigue, and Menuet, which Pinnock arranged from Handel's Trio Sonata Opus 5 no. 4 and which the great man himself arranged from his own Terpsicore, Alcina, Athalia--you name it. So from orchestral music to chamber music and back again, all in the course of a mere 250 years!

The two concertos on the disc recycle material from Handel's Royal Fireworks and Water Music Suites with a little help, again, from arranger Pinnock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Recording! November 27, 2001
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Exceptional performance and a nice loud, clear recording. This is my favorite recording of the fireworks. If you like exciting music, this is the CD for you.
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