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Handel: Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks
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Mallon also adds side-drum and tambourines to a couple of the movements, and they add jollity and jauntiness; only a whiner would object. When the trumpets and horns ring out they don't blare and say, in La Paix from the Royal Fireworks Music, when he uses transverse flutes (as suggested in the original manuscript but never before recorded that way), the effect is magical, rather than just mellow. Try the overture of the Royal Fireworks, with brass blasting, drums being banged with wooden-headed sticks, but all at a military tempo that implies forward propulsion rather than combative stodginess. This is both a bargain and a terrific reading. --Robert Levine
Certain passages are played way too fast.
Here is wonderfully celebratory music, performed with loving attention to every aspect of it's playful and inspirational soul, dancing with delight.
This has got to be one of the finest recordings available of Handel's famous WATER MUSIC and MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS.
This excellent recording is also available as an SACD [Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks [Hybrid SACD] for only slightly more money. Read morePublished on July 28, 2008 by Paul Van de Water
The orchestra conductor has taken too much liberty with the score. It has run amok. Certain passages are played way too fast.Published on December 21, 2007 by Jon Pearson