Handel: The Musick for the Royal Fireworks, Concerti a due cori, nos 1-3

Zefiro Baroque Orchestra, Alfredo Bernardini
Arcana A386 (© 2006)

The Fireworks were not quite fitting with any particular manner: I’ve heard much worse, but somehow it didn’t always get enough rhythm – e.g. starting a triple phrase when the opening bar moves towards the stress in the first note of the 2nd bar – but don’t expect regular stress imitations. There is not quite enough vigour.

The three Concerti, however, had much more success! They were composed around the same period, with movements from various oratorios and the like, all of which were brought together with great success. The booklet is extremely thorough – though three of the pages concern the Fireworks whereas only one page is devoted to the three Concerti.

Clifford Bartlett