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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

7 Feb 1995 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Jan 1995
  • Release Date: 2 Jan 1995
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:01:48
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  • ASIN: B001MT3U96
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,486 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr Andrew Knock on 30 July 2007
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This recording of the Fireworks Music would still be my first choice, even though it's ten years old. Pinnock was first recognised as a harpsichord player of genius, and his playing and conducting always reflected his wish to let the music sing rather than prove some theoretical point.

On this record - combining the great Fireworks music of late Handel with an attractive variety overtures (now less well known but very popular during Handel's lifetime) - you can hear Pinnock's genius for a light sound that has great precision yet sings its soul out in the introductory overture to Alceste - Maestoso indeed, yet with the wind instruments managing to purr like cats about to get fed!

The substantial Alexander's Feast concerto is terrific here - in fact all the extra items are so good they would justify buying the CD in themselves.

But it's the "hearing for the first time" quality of Pinnock's Fireworks (better than his later recording) that commands. Pinnock understands how to use the raw vibrant beauty of these 'authentic' wind instruments and drums not for effect and splash but to communicate thoughts and sentences. La Réjouissance, for example, is here not a joyful noise but a kindly Falstaff laughing out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve S on 28 Jun 2012
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A finer disc of Handel you won't find. The English Concert under Pinnock are on top form as always - all the works get marvelous performances. If you want this coupling don't hesitate it's a highly recommendable disc.
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I heard some of this on the radio, as I didn't have a copy I treated myself. I hadn't realised this CD was as old as it is, but the music is beautiful, and you won't find a better recording of the Fireworks. Very pleased.
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By Mart on 10 Aug 2013
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Excellent quality and value, does what it says it will do, no problems with item, delivery or packaging, well worth a look, recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Pinnock-le of English Baroque 20 Sep 2002
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There's no doubt in my mind: Trevor Pinnock is the world's greatest interpreter of baroque music, period. Here, he is at his very finest, in the more enjoyable version of Royal Fireworks ( with strings, that is ), as well as in the concerto grosso and overtures on this album. In fact, not only is the instrumentation easier to listen to than the original wind-only, but Pinnock plays much more charmingly on this recording than on his wind-only version. The amazon.com reviewer has in bang-on when he says that this one has more sparkle. One can hear in the very first bars, as the shorter intervals are played more quickly on this recording, as opposed to the dragging articulation you get in the other recording. This is a must for Handel fans.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Rousing Performance 25 Jan 2002
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Trevor Pinnock again demonstrates that he is the leading interpreter of Baroque music. This performance of "Music for the Royal Fireworks" is easily the most powerful and exciting available. I have heard other recordings which in comparison sound like music for the royal naptime. If you have not heard this version, you have not really heard the piece.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unforgettable performance ! 28 Oct 2004
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
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The peak of this CD is the colossal recording of the Royal Fireworks . Majesty with fierceness ; frehness and virility ; passion and intellect ; sublime and expressive ; lyricism and honesty are some of the adjectives which deserves this artistic triumph of Mr. Trevor Pinnock.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular Handel and I don't even like period instruments 10 Feb 2010
By dv_forever - Published on Amazon.com
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I will be upfront and honest in the fact that I mostly detest period instruments and historically informed performance practice in general. But when something works like Trevor Pinnock's take on Handel here, then I tip my proverbial hat in their direction. This is a fantastic version of the famous Royal Fireworks Music, played like a million bucks with all the pomp and grandeur that this music demands. The balance of the orchestra is very precise, with forward brass and woodwinds, cushioned by the appropriately steely period strings. The timpani here are also very vivid in the aural picture and make a phenomenal contribution to the last minuet. The percussion is amazing in the final statement. I must commend DG's Archiv label for their consistently outstanding digital sound.

After the Royal Fireworks is over, the disc continues with the "Alexander's Feast" Concerto Grosso. The weakest part of Pinnock's English Concert band are those steely strings I mentioned above. When they are hidden behind a panoply of brasswinds and timpani as in the Fireworks Music, then it's all merry. But when the scrawny strings are exposed as in the andantes and adagios of the concerto and the subsequent overtures, we have a problem. Thankfully it's not too detrimental to the overall effect and I especially love the hot-blooded take on the very famous "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's Solomon oratorio. Whether you're a fan of period instruments or can't stand them, this is a winning Handel CD with great sound and available at budget price. A good addition to any Baroque collection, much better than Gardiner or any other period conductor I've heard in this music.
Handel - Royal Fireworks Music 25 Mar 2013
By George O'Toole - Published on Amazon.com
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Handel is Handel. I think the music was superb, the conducting was great. I will purchase more Handel very soon!
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