In Great Britain, George Frideric Handel found a level of inspiration and adulation that he never did in his native Germany. First performed on a barge floating down the Thames, Water Music is one of the foremost orchestral works of the baroque era, while Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749) sounds just as jubilant in this performance by the English Chamber Orchestra under conductor Johannes Somary, who presents both works in their original scoring. On the reverse side of the CD, DVD content includes the album in stereo and surround sound, plus conductor commentary.
Handel: The Water Music
Author: English Chamber Orchestra. Johannes Somary, cond.