When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king's good graces, he had a brilliant idea. He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I! The music became known as Water Music, one of Handel's best-loved compositions. In this recording The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Grammy nominated conductor Stephen Simon perform music from Handel's Water Music, Messiah, and Rinaldo throughout the story. In addition to the music, this CD includes educational extras and a 24-page activity booklet that is great for home learning.