George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) is regarded as one of the greatest composers of his time. Among his most enduring and popular works are two suites of instrumental music written for royal occasions: Water Music, and the first work presented on this recording, Music for the Royal Fireworks. The latter work was written as a commission from George II, as a celebration of the end of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748. And what a celebration it was,Â attracting the largest audience that Handelâ€™s music ever received during his lifetime.Â The celebration of that incredible music continues to this day and this wonderful recording featuring JEANNE LAMON and THE TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA offers up a brilliant performance with its own fireworks and combines it with other, festive works, the Concerti a due Cori, Nos.1-3, HWV 331-334.
JUNO Award Winner 1998 â€“ â€śBest Classical Album: Large Ensembleâ€ť
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)