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Handel: Water Music [Import]

George Frideric Handel , Trevor Pinnock , Simon Standage , Elizabeth Wilcock , The English Concert Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348 - 1. Ouverture (Grave - Allegro)Simon Standage 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348 - 2. Adagio e staccatoTrevor Pinnock 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 3. Allegro - Andante - AllegroTrevor Pinnock 7:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348 - 4. (Menuet)Trevor Pinnock 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348 - 5. AirTrevor Pinnock 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348 - 6. MenuetTrevor Pinnock 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 7. BourréeTrevor Pinnock 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348 - 8. HornpipeTrevor Pinnock 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 9. (Andante)Trevor Pinnock 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 1. AllegroTrevor Pinnock 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 2. Alla HornpipeTrevor Pinnock 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 3. (Menuet)Trevor Pinnock 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 4. RigaudonTrevor Pinnock 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 5. LentementTrevor Pinnock 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 6. BourréeTrevor Pinnock 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 7. MenuetTrevor Pinnock 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 8. (Andante)Trevor Pinnock 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 9. (Country Dance I/II)Trevor Pinnock 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Handel: Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350) - 10. MenuetTrevor Pinnock 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Is known worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo, chamber music and educational projects.

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  • Performer: George Frideric Handel, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, The English Concert
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Prod Import
  • ASIN: B000001G4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Trevor Pinnock's 1983 account of the Water Music with the English Concert is unblushingly businesslike. Like a number of other conductors, he chooses to group the movements in D and G as one suite. The approach is big-band Handel, but not quite as big as Handel intended. --Ted Libbey

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Water Music (HWV 348 - 350). Performed by Simon Standage and Elizabeth Wilcock, solo violins, and the English Concert, directed from the harpsichord by Trevor Pinnock. Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall, London, England in 1983. Released in 1983 on LP, cassette and CD (Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 410 525-2). Total playing time ca. 54 minutes.

Anyone comparing different recordings of Handel's "Water Musick" will soon realize that there are obviously quite large differences between the versions played. The autograph of "Water Musick" is no longer extant, and the work was not published in complete form during Handel's lifetime. It appears that there may have been three or more different occasions between about 1715 and 1725 when Handel was asked to produce open-air music for royal entertainment during a boat-trip down the Thames. Handel probably wrote a number of individual pieces for these occasions which were only later combined into suites. Trevor Pinnock has opted here for the more traditional variant of two suites, one in F major and one a mix of D major and G major, the pieces being more or less in the order as published by Chrysander in the 19th century. Most newer recordings from the historically-informed school prefer to divide the whole into three clearly defined suites, although they are not always agreed on the order of the individual pieces.

Deutsche Grammophon's engineering is, as usual, absolutely top class, giving the listener the opportunity to hear all the detail, each instrument being very clearly defined. That, however, is only an advantage where the playing is really inspired, and I'm afraid that, particularly in the opening F major suite, this is not always the case.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Businesslike? May 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I haven't a clue what the Amazon editorial reviewer means. What I do know is that of the many recordings I have heard of this piece, this one is unquestionably my favorite. Trevor Pinnock is brilliant with music of this period; here, his Water Music is light and alive, yet stately and majestic too!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWEAKING THE WATERS August 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
With The English Concert at the ready, Pinnock's Handel is continuously stimulating, and hardly less than persuasive. Regal, ebullient and melancholy, in turns, his performance elucidates as well as entertains. Doubtless, much thought went into Pinnock's innumerable fascinating directorial decisions and musical interrelationships. Quite impressive in particular is his attention to baroque authenticity and detail, with riveting emphasis on the clarity and positioning of period instruments. The striking use of antiphonal brass, the affectionate counterpoint between woodwinds and strings, and the ongoing concertante intimacy is thoroughly beguiling. Remarkable also is the truly exceptional sound world given Pinnock's captivating interpretation and, of course, the superlatively inspired playing of The English Concert.

[Running time: 54:15]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding May 15, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Despite its age, this remains to my mind the best performance in existence. The CD conversion is so good that I can only tell the difference between the vinyl version (which I also have) and the CD version by the clicks and pops on the black disc - and before any vinyl-head argues, the turntable is a Linn Sondek with the top Ekos arm!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Water Water Everywhere July 17, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Mr Pinnock has provided us with the definitive Water Music using authentic period instrmentation and tempos. Disconcerting to people used to the more familiar larger orchestral versions but this is probably more along the lines of what the composer actually had in mind for the music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Performance on Authenic Instruments March 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
For a different presentation of this classic work, try this performance by the English Concert. Performed on instruments of the period and with an orchestra setting more appropriate of the Baroque period, this recording will not fail to please. The recording is fully digital, adding to its splendor. If you are accoustomed to more modern orchestras and instruments, the recording may be odd at first, but rest assured that the beauty of its sound will slowly seduce your senses.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what Ted Libbey (the Amazon reviewer) is talking about in his editorial review! If you want only one recording of the Water Music make this the one! This recording makes others seem lifeless and dull! The period instruments and their mastery by Pinnock and the English Concert make this the choice recording for discerning Baroque fans. Uplifting and lively, you will find yourself listening to this CD over and over again. As a side note, I do believe this is the recording used for the intro music to the "Frugal Gourmet" (on PBS television).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best version i have heard January 13, 2009
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I HAVE LISTENED MANY VERSIONS ON ORIGINALS AND MODERN INSTRUMENTS AND I MYSELF HAVE LIKE 7 VERSIONS OF WATER MUSIC BUT PINNOCK S READING OF THE WORK IS REALLY A DREAM BOTH RECORDING AND INTERPRETATION
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Water Music, Trevor Pinnock, English Concert
This is the best version of the Water Music I've heard on cd. The Hogwood version is far too uniform in tempo, which makes it dull after a listening for a while. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr Ian Keen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely performance
There are a zillion recordings of this wonderful music. This one is crisp and beautiful and is my personal favorite.
Published 7 months ago by ernest drown
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Every Taste, but Certainly for Mine
I generally find the English Concert under Trevor Pinnock to be a bit acerbic. Not that that's a bad thing, for these days I prefer my Baroque orchestral music to be rendered by... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful
i like Handel. Classical music comes and goes in and out of style like all other forms of entertainment, but this has centuries of followings
Published 11 months ago by Steve Hulse
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance!
It is always a pleasure to listen to the English Consort and a special pleasure to hear them perform one of my favorite classical music pieces, Handel's Water Music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. A. Mine
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Wonderful performance of this very famous score. Music and recording first-rate. Has anyone seen the TV special with Andre Previn and actual fireworks going off in the background? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance
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Published on January 19, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, so very nice!
Wow! This performance by Pinnock and the English Concert is extremely impressive.
For a while, I had Marriner`s on Decca as the frontrunner of this glorious piece, yet... Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by R. Germinario
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel's Water Music
The music arrived promptly and in good condition. We are pleased with the service. Thanks you.
Published on August 5, 2009 by Shirley S. Agren
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous performance!
In Eighteenth-century London there was a constant and even increasing demand for the provision of music in order to be performed in the open air. Read more
Published on February 27, 2007 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
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