June 01, 2023

Handel’s Spectacular Works Written for Royal Open-Air Ceremonies

Pentatone releases Handel Water & Fire, together with B’Rock Orchestra and Dmitry Sinkovsky, in July 2023.

Two Royal Extravaganzas, Performed with Pinache

With Water & Fire, B’Rock Orchestra and Dmitry Sinkovsky present Handel’s Water Music alongside his Music for the Royal Fireworks. Both spectacular works were written for royal open-air ceremonies, and may well have been drowned out by the noise of pyrotechnics and the waves of the Thames. Still, after Handel’s lifetime, they quickly became audience favourites. B’Rock performs these captivating suites with an ensemble that approaches the ca. 50 musicians that Handel originally employed, conveying the pomp and splendour of the occasion while also highlighting the coloristic richness and refinement of the score.

B’Rock Orchestra is one of today’s most forward-thinking period orchestras with a desire for encounter and exchange. The ensemble returns to Pentatone after having released Schubert’s complete symphonies with conductor René Jacobs between 2018 and 2022, as well as Antwerp Requiem c. 1650 (2022). Dmitry Sinkovsky, who is now mainly conducting the great opera repertoire, is always happy to return to his artistic roots: Baroque music.

B’Rock Orchestra is excited to finally present a CD project led by Dmitry Sinkovsky, long-time member
of our artistic family. Under his energetic direction, we get to present ourselves as an extra large baroque orchestra befitting Händel’s timeless classics. Once again, Dmitry and B’Rock have found each other in a shared sense of exploration, constantly on the hunt for fresh colours and rich sounds.

B’Rock Orchestra

Digital Release Date: 14 JULY 2023

Physical Release: JULY 2023

Released as 1 CD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.