Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

This page lists all recordings of Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351, by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Gunter Wand conducts Handel & Mozart

Gunter Wand conducts Handel & Mozart


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Organ Concerto No. 1 in G minor, HWV289, Op. 4 No. 1

Mozart:

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

Serenade No. 7 in D major, K250 'Haffner'


“One doesn’t much think of Handel when considering Wand and indeed, we only hear the Overture from the Music for the Royal Fireworks, a performance which, once past an uneasy downbeat, has a deal of stretchy phraseology in the lentemente section and a nourished string tone throughout.” MusicWeb International, 6th May 2013

King Records - KKC2041

(CD - 2 discs)

$33.50

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Handel - Nine German Arias & Music For The Royal Fireworks

Handel - Nine German Arias & Music For The Royal Fireworks


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Michael Oman (recorder & director)

Neun deutsche Arien, HWV202-210

Nuria Rial (soprano)


Austrian Baroque Company

Soprano Nuria Rial performs Georg Friedrich Handel’s stunningly beautiful but rarely recorded German Arias, accompanied by the Austrian Baroque Company. Handel’s Deutsche Arien of 1724-7 stands relatively alone in the context of his Italian operas and English oratorios, and is a bold but fitting choice of repertoire for Catalan Soprano Nuria Rial, who specialises in baroque and early classical repertoire as her previous recordings of Haydn and Handel testify.

Directed by Michael Oman, one of the most distinguished and versatile recorder players of his generation, the Austrian Baroque Company also performs Handel's famous Fireworks Music in a version for recorder and small baroque orchestra, created by Michael Oman himself.

Deutsche HM - 88697483932

(CD)

$16.25

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Handel - Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks

Handel - Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks


Handel:

Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351


“It's unlikely that George I ever witnessed performances that live up to this one. They are sparkling; tempos are well judged and there's a truly majestic sweep to the opening F major French overture; that gets things off to a fine start but what follows is no less compelling with some notably fine woodwind playing, so often the disappointing element in performances on period instruments.
In the D major music it's the brass department that steals the show and here, horns and trumpets acquit themselves with distinction. Archiv Produktion has achieved a particularly satisfying sound in which all strands of the orchestral texture can be heard with clarity. In this suite the ceremonial atmosphere comes over particularly well, with resonant brass playing complemented by crisply articulated oboes.
The G major pieces are quite different from those in the previous groups, being lighter in texture and more closely dance-orientated.
They are among the most engaging in the WaterMusic and especially, perhaps, the two little 'country dances', the boisterous character of which Pinnock captures nicely.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“They play on period instruments with great zest, especially so in the Fireworks Music. Speeds are consistently well choen. One test is the famous 'Air', which here remains an engagingly gentle piece.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2015

DG Originals - 4777562

(CD)

$10.75

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Handel - Water Music & Fireworks

Handel - Water Music & Fireworks

Recorded in Metz (Arsenal), France, in September 2002,


Handel:

Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351


Five years after the initial release of Handel's Water Music and Fireworks suites in the groundbreaking version from Le Concert Spirituel, Glossa are now issuing the original surround master in a newly-designed digipack edition.

"Under Niquet's high-adrenalin direction the instruments bray, rasp and swagger to gloriously raucous effect. You will not hear a more elementally exciting Fireworks than this." The Daily Telegraph

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Glossa - GCDSA921616

(SACD)

$16.25

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Music for the Royal Fireworks

Music for the Royal Fireworks


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

(original version for wind instruments)

Minuets I & II (with fireworks & cannon effects)

(with firworks & cannon effects)

Concerto a due cori in F

Concerto No. 1 in F

Concerto No. 3 in D

Water Music Suite

Berenice Overture


“Over the night of 13-14 April 1959 in St Gabriel's Church, Cricklewood, a recording session took place, historic in every way, when the young Charles Mackerras conducted a band of 62 wind players plus nine percussionists in Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks. With no fewer than 26 oboists topping the ensemble, it was only possible to assemble such a band after all concerts and operas had finished for the day.
They began at 11pm and finished at 2.30 in the morning, yet so far from sounding tired or jaded, the players responded to the unique occasion with a fizzing account of Handel's six movements.
The success of this extraordinary project fully justified Mackerras's determination to restore the astonishing array of instruments that Handel himself had assembled for the original performance in Green Park in April 1749.
It's thrilling to hear that 1959 recording, at last transferred to CD, with sound that's still of demonstration quality, full and spacious, with a wide stereo spread. It's true that Mackerras takes the introduction to the overture and the 'Siciliana' at speeds far slower than he would choose today, but this was a recording which marked a breakthrough in what later developed as the period performance movement.
As a coupling for the Fireworks Music, Mackerras devised a composite Concerto a due cori which draws on two works written with that title around 1747. It makes a splendid piece, in which the massed horns bray gloriously.
Whatever the degree of authenticity, this is an electrifying collection, superbly transferred.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Penguin Guide

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Testament - SBT1253

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Handel: Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350, etc.

Handel:

Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351


Presto CD

DG Archiv Originals - 4577582

(Presto CD)

$16.25

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The Best of Handel

The Best of Handel


Handel:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6, HWV 294

Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 'Alexander's Feast'

Chaconne in G, Fugue in G, Allegro in D minor

(arr. for two guitars)

Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287

Organ Concerto No. 13 in F major, HWV295 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'

Water Music Suite

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Largo from Xerxes (instrumental arrangement)

Hercules: Where shall I fly?

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Messiah: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

Messiah: He was despised

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus


Presto CD

Philips Duo - 4540292

(Presto CD - 2 discs)

$25.00

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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 'Alexander's Feast'

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Belshazzar: Overture

Alceste: Grand Entrée

Saul: Sinfonia

Samson: Sinfonia


Building a Library

First Choice - November 1999

Building a Library

First Choice - November 2015

DG Archiv Masters - E4472792

(CD)

$10.75

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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks & Water Music Suites

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks & Water Music Suites


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Water Music Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV350: excerpts

Water Music Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV350: excerpts

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348


Presto CD

Argo - 4145962

(Presto CD)

$16.25

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Handel: Fireworks Music & Coronation Anthems

Handel: Fireworks Music & Coronation Anthems


Handel:

Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351


“Mightily impressive” The Guardian

Hyperion - CDA66350

(CD)

$16.25

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