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)

$30.00

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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)

$14.50

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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

Early Music

DG Originals - 4777562

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Air, Fire and Water Music by Handel

Air, Fire and Water Music by Handel


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Sonata in A minor for recorder and continuo, HWV362, Op. 1 No. 4

Rodelinda: Overture

Rinaldo: excerpts

Oboe Sonata in f major, HWV 363a

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

Scipione Overture

Sonata in F major for recorder and continuo, HWV369, Op. 1 No. 11

Flute Sonata in D major, HWV 378


Badinage

Meridian - CDE84353

(CD)

$15.50

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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


These are unashamedly old-fashioned, but beautifully clear performances of these timeless masterpieces. They were recorded in the famed 'old' Concertgebouw and the sound of the winds especially - horn (track 3) and oboe (track 2) - is beautifully glowing.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4613362

(CD)

$8.75

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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

Early Music

Hyperion - CDA66350

(CD)

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Handel - Music For The Royal Fireworks, Water Music: Vol.16

Handel - Music For The Royal Fireworks, Water Music: Vol.16


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV349


Splendid music for a joyous occasion: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks premiered to an audience of more than 12,000 people celebrating the end of war with France – and caused London’s first recorded traffic jam!

ABC Classics 1000 Years of Baroque & Before - ABC4812516

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Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks & Concertos a due cori Nos. 2 & 3

Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks & Concertos a due cori Nos. 2 & 3


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Archiv Production Wind Ensemble

Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 333

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 334

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis


August Wenzinger

DG Archiv - 4796047

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Great Musical Entertainment

Great Musical Entertainment


Handel:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Concerto in C Major (from Saul) for organ and orchestra

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

for organ

Saul: Three Suites


Martin Schmeding (organ) & Hansjorg Albrecht (organ & direction)

Munich Bach Orchestra

This new CD by Hansjörg Albrecht contains the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the Music for the Royal Fireworks, two of Handel‘s best-known works, transcribed for organ and recorded in Handel‘s baptismal church, the Marktkirche in Halle. These magnificent sounding solo works, as well as the newly arranged concertos for organ and orchestra, will convey a great deal of Handel‘s unbridled playfulness to the listener: a fine counterpart to Farinelli‘s divine voice and a “Grand Musical Entertainment” for the buyer.

Early Music

Oehms - OC1821

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Handel: The Musick for the Royal Fireworks

Handel: The Musick for the Royal Fireworks


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 334

Concerto a due cori No. 1 in B flat major HWV 332

Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 333


Originally released in 2008, Zefiro’s account of the Musick for the Royal Fireworks is one of the Italian ensemble’s most successful recordings (among others, Diapason d’or of the Year 2009 and Gramophone Editor’s Choice) and remains a benchmark version for this celebrated spectacular masterwork.

Here it is again in their Arcana series, on the occasion of a new European tour with Handel’s Firework Music scheduled in June with performances in Grenoble, Versailles, Luxembourg and Halle.

Early Music

Arcana - A386

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