Handel Music For The Royal Fireworks 180g LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
The late Sir Charles Mackerras was an extraordinarily versatile musician who
could be relied on to give first class accounts of everything from Bach to
Britten and was renowned as an interpreter of Mozart and Janacek in particular.
He also often remade recordings of works associated with him over his long
career, like his 1962 recording of 'Pineapple Poll' - music by Sullivan he
arranged into a ballet (HIQLP001), and in 1959, the small British label Pye
asked him to record Handel's 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', which was met with
critical acclaim for 'attempting to reproduce the sound Handel would have heard,
rather than the smoother orchestral arrangements usually played at that time'.
The recording used some 26 oboes, creating an ensemble of over 70 players. Ever
at the vanguard of authentic performance rather than authentic instruments,
Mackerras took advantage of more modern recording techniques by re-recording the
Handel at Abbey Road for EMI, again with augmented wind band that Handel would
have used for the original open air performance in Green Park.
Recorded at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road on October 8 and December 19, 1976. The
Producer was the legendary Suvi Raj Grubb and the Engineer was Robert Gooch.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with
the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted
Studer A80 tape deck with additional "advance" playback head, ensuring a
completely analogue process.
In the original 1977 review Robin Golding of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
"...for sheer splendour of sound the "martial musick" favoured by George II
is hors concours; and, as fond as I am of the [Makerras's] old Pye recording, I
have to admit that the new EMI one is even more thrilling..."
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features Original Album Artwork
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Music For the Royal Fireworks
Concerto Grosso in D Major
3. Largo alla Siciliana
4. La Rejouissance
5. Minuet I
6. Minuet II
Concerto a due cori No. 2 in F major
1. Pomposo - Allegro - A tempo giusto - Largo - Allegro ma non troppo - A tempo ordinario
Concerto No. 1 in F major
2. Largo - Allegro
Concerto No.3 in D major
3. Largo - Allegro - Allegro ma non troppo