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)

$29.75

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks & Water Music

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks & Water Music


Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

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

Concerto in F (HWV 331/316)

Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 5 in D minor, HWV316: Adagio

Concerto in D (HWV 335a)

edited by Robert Court

Sonata in D major for violin and continuo, HWV371, Op. 1 No. 13

Trio Sonata, HWV399 in G major, Op. 5 No. 4

edited by Trevor Pinnock

The Occasional Oratorio, HWV62: excerpts


Two of Handel’s most popular works, along with two additional suites, in rhythmically vital performances by the English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, classic recordings from the 1980s.

“The Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music have probably never sounded better” (Gramophone)

DG Archiv Duo - 4779987

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.00

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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)

$9.50

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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)

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: Minuets I & II

(with fireworks & 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

Rosette Winner

Testament - SBT1253

(CD)

$13.25

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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

Hyperion - CDA66350

(CD)

$14.25

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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

(CD)

$10.50

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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.

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Oehms - OC1821

(CD)

Normally: $11.75

Special: $9.98

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