Notes and Editorial Reviews
Our tour takes us to three great English houses. The first, near Oxford, is Blenheim Palace, built for the first Duke of Marlborough by Sir John Vanbrugh. The second is the romantic Leeds Castle, in Kent, known for its spectacular setting, and the third is Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, designed for the Howard family by Vanbrugh.
The music chosen to accompany our tour is by George Frederic Handel, who finally settled in England in 1712, assuming a dominant position in English music. His Water Music was written to entertain King George I, probably in 1717, as he sailed up the Thames, and the second, the Music for the Royal Fireworks was commissioned to celebrate the
Peace of Ail-la-Chapelle in 1749, accompanying a firework display in Green Park.
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: Dolby Digital / DTS
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 66 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
Works on This Recording
Water Music, HWV 348-350: Excerpt(s) by George Frideric Handel
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Written: 1749; London, England
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