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)

$28.50

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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)

$12.50

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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)

$13.75

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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

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First Choice - November 2015

DG Originals - 4777562

(CD)

$9.25

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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

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Glossa - GCDSA921616

(SACD)

Normally: $13.75

Special: $11.68

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Handel - Water Music Suites

Handel - Water Music Suites


Handel:

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV349

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351


Recorded March 1993, remastered February 2008

“An outstanding disc which I foolishly overlooked back in 1993, not realising Savall et al. were such fine Handelians; it sounds spectacular now, remastered from stereo to effective but not overblown multi-channel SACD.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 *****

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Alia Vox Heritage - AVSA9860

(SACD)

$10.50

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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

Concerti a due cori Nos. 1-3

The Alchymist


Decca - Double Decca - E4557092

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.50

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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)

$13.75

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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)

$14.75

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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)

$8.25

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