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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks 1/2 (Ouverture)

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Published on Oct 10, 2007

Very moving performance on 23 August, 1991, of Handels Music for the Royal Fireworks by The King's Consort. Conductor Robert King engines a huge baroque band on period instruments, consisting of 24 oboes, 16 bassoons, 1 enormous contra-bassoon, 9 trumpets, 9 horns, 3 pairs of timpani and 5 drums.

The Ouverture is enlightened in this broadcast by the BBC by a dramatization in paper cut-outs of the events at the very first performance during which the improperly handled fireworks burned down the concert pavillion.

The recording with my old Telefunken machine has a slightly overmodulated sound, but it is not too disturbing and does not harm the overall grandioseness and beautiful splendor of the performance.

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