One of the glories of the Baroque era, George Frederick Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks was composed in 1749 to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. This is among Handel's most popular works and the joyous fanfares and noble airs of this celebratory suite are played here with period instrumentation and historically informed performance practices by Jeanne Lamon and Tafelmusik. The music's regal grandeur fully comes across in this exciting recording, and the strong emphasis on the woodwinds and brass give the proper volume and brusqueness of a piece written for outdoor performance. To fill out the program, Tafelmusik also plays the three concertos for two horns, which are a marvelous complement to the Music for the Royal Fireworks in their exuberant tone and similar musical content. This exceptional album was recorded in 1998 and the 20-bit recording is extraordinary in its clarity and warmth.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351|
|Concerto a due cori No.2 in F major, HWV 333|
|Concerto a due cori No.1 in B flat major, HWV 332|
|Concerto a due cori No.3 in F major, HWV 334|