"The War of Austrian Succession was brought to an end by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, signed in October 1748. Although England had been a somewhat reluctant participant and had gained little from the war, preparations for celebrations commenced the following month with the erection of a large wooden structure incorporating a triumphal arch in London's Green Park -- the framework for a large and impressive display of fireworks. Peace was formally declared in the following February, and Handel, who had then just completed two contrasting oratorios, Susanna and Solomon, was commissioned to provide music for the occasion. Obviously, such music would have to be both grand in scale and suitable for open-air performance -- this latter aspect, in practical terms, calling for a large contingent of wind and brass instruments. Handel originally intended to make use of no fewer than 16 each of trumpets and horns. However, he ran into trouble with the organizers. Ultimately, he settled for something a little more "modest": 24 oboes, 12 bassoons (including a contrabassoon), nine each of trumpets and horns, three pairs of kettledrums, and an unspecified number of side drums." - AMG.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is VG+.
The LP plays/sounds Mint-.
Terrific 'Pomp and Circumstance'. Music 'fit for a King'. Incredible tonality - strings are sweet and shimmering, Brass has 'edge and bite'. You can clearly identify each instrument, even in massed groups. The soundstage is wide and deep and imaging is rock-solid.
Very little surface noise - barely audible 'ticks' which are random.
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