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Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; Alchymist; Three Concerti a Due Cori; Two Arias for Wind Band [Original recording remastered]

George Frideric Handel , Christopher Hogwood , The Academy of Ancient Music Audio CD
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listen  1. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 1. Overture: Largo - Allegro 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 3. Allegro - Andante - Allegro 7:25Album Only
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listen  5. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 5. Air 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 6. Minuet for the French Horn 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 7. Bourrée 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 8. Hornpipe 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 9. (Allegro) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 10. (Allegro) 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 11. Alla Hornpipe 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 1. (Menuet) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 2. Presto 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 3. Menuet0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 4. (Menuet) 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 5. Country Dance 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 1. Allegro 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 2. (Alla Hornpipe) 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 3. Trumpet Minuet 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 4. Lentement 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 5. Air 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: The Alchymist - Overture 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: The Alchymist - Prelude - Minuet 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Handel: The Alchymist - Saraband - Borée - Aire - Borée 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Handel: The Alchymist - Minuet - Aire - Jigg 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 1. Ouverture 9:29Album Only
listen  2. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 2. Bourrée 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 3. La paix 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 4. La réjouissance 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 5. Menuet I-II 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 1. Ouverture 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 2. Allegro ma non troppo 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 3. Allegro 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - Largo 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 5. A tempo ordinario 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 6. Alla breve. Moderato 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 7. Menuet (Allegro) 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 1. Pomposo 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 2. Allegro 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 3. A tempo giusto 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 4. Largo 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 5. Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 6. A tempo ordinario 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 1. Ouverture 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 2a. Allegro 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 2b. Allegro ma non troppo 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 3. Adagio0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 4. Andante larghetto 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 5. Allegro 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Handel: Arias I & II for oboes, horns and bassoons - Aria I 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Handel: Arias I & II for oboes, horns and bassoons - Aria II 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (October 14, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre / Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042HN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a fine Handel compilation that provides a nice overview of his orchestral music with brass instruments, as well as his only incidental score (music written to accompany the action of a play). Christopher Hogwood uses the arrangement that Handel made of the Fireworks Music for normal-sized forces, including strings, which were absent from the original. All the music is played with a fine sense of style, and a goodly bit of the "pomp and circumstance" that Handel above all others knew how to capture in music. At two discs for the price of one, this is an extremely good deal. --David Hurwitz

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Water Music recordings August 10, 2000
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I'm torn as to whether I prefer the Tafelmusik recording or this one. Both are beautiful, but each approaches the music in a different way. This recording is perhaps the more traditional of the two, with a slower tempo. The brass is particularly spectacular in this recording, giving a richness and depth to the slower passages. The French horns are incredible. Hogwood is also an acknowledged master of Handel, making this version a core piece in any collection.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Towards the higher end of the pack March 10, 2004
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Reading the liner notes, I am reminded that the occasion for which the water music originally was composed was royal river outing that started in the evening and lasted until 4:00 AM (Take THAT you modern clubhoppers!). The music was played three times through the course of this trip. I doubt there were many teetotallers. Soo...royal oarsmen, wine goblets overflowing with the best claret, tipsy nobleman and...hey! don't hit that river barge! Watch where you're goin' mate!
As such, I'd expect a little roughness in performances (especially for the 3:30 AM gig). Ill-tuned horns and all, I think Hogwood delivers about as faithful a rendition as is currently available. There are certainly more "refined" versions of the water music. I think these better resemble the follow-on peformances for the genteel, perfumed ladies seeking money for the foundling hospital. That's the beauty of Orpheus and Pinnock versions.
Hogwood gets 4 stars for getting close to the river ride. I will admit that my view has been biased by the fabulous 1976 rendition by Jean-Claude Malgoire which hasn't been bettered in this respect. No English band can shake a stick next to drunken French horn players. But Hogwood is a good near-term substitute until Sony wakes up and dips further into their vaults.
Additionally, the Fireworks music is fabulous; the due cori very nice, with similar touches of earthiness. All in all a good outing, and for decent prices.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Noble Performance March 10, 2006
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I have listened to numerous renditions by different performing artists, for several years, of both Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. The first time I listened to this CD played by the Academy of Ancient Music I felt I was listening to a high class performance. There is something about the clear sound of the instruments and the tempo and dedication to detail that this group of artists put into its performance that it really inspires me into the wonderful world of the baroque classical music and somehow it transports me to the time when Handel himself was composing and directing these beautiful masterpieces. And the bonus is also the beautifully played Duo A Cori concertos. I recommend it!
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I listened to many versions of Music for the Royal Fireworks and this is by far the best one among all... You should listen the samples that are available in amazon.. My favourite is "Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 5. Menuet I-II" Very well played, the voices of all instruments are clear, one can distinguish anyone of them easily. The tempo of the music is at the optimum speed. If Handel had seen this version of his piece he would have proud of it...
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE! February 20, 2000
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This CD is a powerful, electrifying performance of some of the greatest works ever written. This is a great interpretation of what Handel wanted. A worthwhile buy because it never gets old. This is the one to get. It simply is great. Amen.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommendable. February 18, 2004
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I have recently returned to these two CDs (which I bought and listened to for a while some three years ago) and found that they were not quite as bad as I remembered. The tempi are very well sprung, the spirits are high and the "Water Music" in particular is played with some delicacy and finesse (which I hardly take for granted from Hogwood's early recordings). The roughness of the result is mainly due the scratchy tone of the strings and inaccurate tuning of the horns.
If you are a period-instrument enthusiast this Double-Decca, because of its low "duo" price, could have some edge against such strong competitors (which I haven't listened to) as Pinnock, Gardiner and Savall. And at the same "duo" price you can get also Hogwood's wonderful performances (with the Handel&Haydn Society) of Handel's Concerti Grossi Op.6. However, if you care more for variety of dynamics and lightness of touch than for period-instrument sound, I recommend you instead to get all the twelve op.6 Concerti AND the "Water Music" AND the "Musick for the Royal Fireworks" (but not the "Alchymist" suite, the "Concerti a due cori" and the two "Arias for Wind Band") at "trio" price in superlative, "historically-correct" and mellower sounding performances by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
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