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Water Music / Music For The Royal Fireworks

George Frideric Handel , Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Audio CD (October 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully "chamber" approach! May 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have Charles McKerras' fantastic all woodwind perf on vinyl of this music and as much as I enjoy it, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra does bring a certain amount of refinement and dash the forementioned doesn't.
I remember being in tears the first time I heard this disc in a huge CD store in Milano, Italy. It seems almost hushed at first compared to all the other bombastic discs of these works, but this is where it wins. The clarity of the inner voices and the concise and vibrant contrapuntal work are just a few of the accolades I give this CD. This collection of Handel's genius is graceful, shimmering and wonderfully played and would be a noble addition to anyone's listening library.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but ... September 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
... not definitive. A much better rendition can be found in Savall's set.

Why I am telling this? At first hearing this is a quite enjoyable recording. There is great clarity (surely a very small orchestra), good articulation and many times a sense of freedom expressed in clever improvisation in many places (the flute parts are remarkable in this aspect).

In general the aproach is energetic and light. BUT ...

sometimes I found them playing mechanically. And some arrangments (eg the first suite's hornpipe and bourre)are boring, lacking variety.

This, together with a truly lack of grandeur, I would say "majesty", aparts them from beeing a serious competitive reading. Listen to "Fireworks": the timpani parts are so boring: they don't join the tuttis like the Gardiner set, so you find silences that spoils the "majesty" I expressed before. And there are not other percussion instruments (listen to Leppard).

Another example? look at the overure of suite 1. I don't think that Gardiner is the best but he really adds a sense of "theatre" that is absent in this set: Look at sincopation in Gardiner's hands that is replaced by stupid thrills by the Orpheans musicians: it's obvious that Handel is thinking in a solemn begginning of an Opera, when the curtain rises and the public is eager to listen to dramma and emotions. It's also obvious that the Orpheans never went to an Opera theater, judging from this absolutely superficial passage.

It's like Handel made of plastic. Light, sound pleasing, but superficial.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recordings! November 9, 2006
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I first heard this recording of Water Music on NPR and knew immediately that I must have it! The tempo, the phrasing, the orchestration--it's all just perfect. As a former trombone player, I cannot imagine an all woodwind version of this piece. The Orpheus brass sound wonderful!

I haven't listened to many other versions of these pieces, but I cannot imagine anyone being dissatisfied with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Help from Handel July 28, 2006
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Whenever I listen to this timeless music by Handel, it always puts me in a pleasant mood, even when I'm having a rough day. Handel had a knack for composing subtle yet uplifting melodies that stay in your head long after you have turned your stereo off. The Suite in G Major is particularly beautiful. While this recording is not one of the more definitive versions available, if you are just getting interested in classical music, this disc is a perfect introduction to some the greatest music from the Baroque era!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fun in baroque music. April 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I suspect I am not in a unique position when I say that I was subjected to Händel's Wassermusik and Feuerweksmusik as a kid, as part of my elementary musical education. They are just such popular pieces. And yet, even though I was somewhat of a classical music nerd, I always thought "Bo-ring!" and the negative bias towards them persisted till my adulthood.

Until the day, that is, when I heard the rendition of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. I remember listening to the Finnish classical radio network (YLE 1), and of course, I immediately recognized the music - except, it didn't suck! I didn't even have time to ask myself "what's this?" - I was already ordering the CD online from Amazon UK.

I don't know what exactly is the secret, but I think that a reviewer before me (Mikolay) was right on the money when he said that this recording brings a "chamber-y" approach. In any case, for me it works about as well as a cup of good espresso.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Playing on Modern Instruments August 14, 2013
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Those listeners who prefer modern insturments over their "period" forebears heard in such excellent recordings as those by Pinnock and others may like this disc by the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchesta. Ironically, the Orpheus uses more ornamentation than any "period" recording I'm aware of, which is the main reason I purchased this disc, and even though the playing may be occasionally a bit lacking in personality, this disc is more than able to hold its own in a crowded market. I particularly like the trumpet cadenza in the measures leading up to the allegro of the Fireworks Music's Overture, and much of the Water Music is really lively. I assume the ornaments were written out, but it sounds as if the players were allowed to improvise some of them, and they all work together as if playing chamber music. Very entertaining.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto to S. Heinen February 23, 2007
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I heard this recording today on NPR (WABE 90.1 Atlanta) while out running errands. I could not concentrate on anything but the music and finally just pulled into a parking lot, cranked it up, leaned back and closed my eyes. I just got home and ordered one for my mega system in the house. Can't wait!
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