Boulez & Handel

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Pierre Boulez, the great exponent of modern music, especially his own, gives an uncharacteristic Baroque performance of Royal Fireworks Music, on Columbia Masterworks. Rounding out the recording is the Concerto Grosso in F from the Op. 6 series, and the overture to his opera “Berenice”, which flopped on arrival in 1737 at Covent Garden Theatre. Two-time Grammy nominee Henrietta Condak did the amazing design for this 1980 reissue. The titular festive explosions pour forth flowers and phoenixes, while a zodiacal sun is being spewed out at the center. It’s awesome in every sense.

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