Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks / Lamon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

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REVIEW:Thankfully, as presented here by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, this is no one-to-a-part, minimalist realization. I should probably have mentioned well before getting this far...

REVIEW:

Thankfully, as presented here by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, this is no one-to-a-part, minimalist realization. I should probably have mentioned well before getting this far into the review that this recording, originally released on Sony Classical, was made at a time, 1997, when period-instrument ensembles still had more than four or five players on their payrolls. Thus, the performance here includes 11 violins, three violas, three cellos, two double basses, three bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, timpani, and harpsichord continuo. So, for all intents and purposes, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra sounds like a modern-instrument ensemble, which, from my perspective, is a good thing.

This is a wonderful disc, and not just for Handel lovers. The music is invigorating, splendidly performed, and exceptionally well recorded. I recommend it to everyone.

— Fanfare



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 29, 2012


  • UPC: 880513101124


  • Catalog Number: TMK1011CD


  • Label: Tafelmusik Media


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: George Frideric Handel


  • Conductor: Jeanne Lamon


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra


  • Performer: Derek Conrod, John Abberger, Julie Brye, Michael McCraw, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Ronald George, Stanley King, Teresa Wasiak, Thomas Müller, Washington McClain