||GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL - MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS - WATER MUSIC -
ROBERT KING (Conductor) - THE KING'S CONSORT - Hyperion (Helios Series) CDH55375|
This recording of the Music for the Royal Fireworks was made using period instruments based on the original 1749 scoring for 24 oboes, 12 bassoons,
9 trumpets, 9 horns, 4 sets of timpani, and 2 giant double drums. During the 18th century, fireworks must have made quite an impression on the crowds of people watching
and hearing them. Well, this recording makes quite an impression itself. There is a palpable sense of occasion in this performance. A perfect blend of royal pomp and just plain fun and celebration.
The playing is full of gusto and bounce, with a perfectly balanced recording. Party on!