The Music for the Royal Fireworks is an expression of the purest delight. Händel wrote this dazzling work in 1749, originally for a gigantic cast of wind instruments, to be performed in the open air to celebrate the conclusion of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aachen. Immediately afterwards, Händel produced a version for a string orchestra with wind instruments. In this form, the work became immortal and won the admiration of Handel’s contemporaries and generations of future composers. W. A. Mozart described it as “a spectacle of English pride and joy.”
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.