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Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks


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listen  1. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: I. Overture: Largo - Allegro - II. Adagio e staccato 5:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: III. Allegro - IV. Andante - Allegro 6:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: V. Passepied 3:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VI. Air 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VII. Menuet 2:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, Hwv 348: VIII. Bourree 2:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: X. Allegro 4:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: I. Overture 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: II. Alla Hornpipe 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: III. Sarabande 1:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: IV. Rigaudon 2:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: V. Lentement 1:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: I. Sarabande 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: II. Rigaudon I and II 2:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: III. Menuet I and II 3:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: IV. Gigue I and II 1:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: I. Overture 7:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: II. Bourree 3:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. La paix 3:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: IV. La rejouissance 3:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: V. Menuet I - Menuet II 3:15$0.89  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Performer: Aradia Ensemble
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Composer: George Frederick Handel
  • Audio CD (January 17, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000CEVU5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Brimming with exhilarating dance tunes and colourful sonorities, Handel' Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks are his two most popular orchestral works. They were composed, respectively, for royal water parties on the River Thames in August 17

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There's no dearth of fine recordings of these works on the market, but this recording goes straight to the top of the list. Kevin Mallon leads a Toronto-based, 34-person-group of period instrumentalists called the Aradia Ensemble: it's a terrific, ear opening show. The music is, above all, joyful, with dance movements galore and plenty of giddy pomp. Mallon has rethought the tempi, almost all of which, he feels, should be quicker than we're accustomed to hearing. These tempi work most of the time, and if, for example, you overlook the fact that at his tempi, the alla hornpipe of the Water Music Suite No. 2 and the Rigaudon of No. 3 could only have been danced by a dancer on speed, and just listen to how effortlessly entertaining the music is, you'll love it. He's not rigid in his fleetness, however--the final movement of Water Music Suite No. 1 is relaxed and he slows it down even further for its last few seconds, giving it the stature it requires.

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

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Classics Today rates the disc 10/10 for both artistry and sound, and you will enthusiastically agree.
Paul Van de Water
Here is wonderfully celebratory music, performed with loving attention to every aspect of it's playful and inspirational soul, dancing with delight.
M. Packo
This has got to be one of the finest recordings available of Handel's famous WATER MUSIC and MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS.
Erik Homenick

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erik Homenick on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This has got to be one of the finest recordings available of Handel's famous WATER MUSIC and MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS.

Performing on period instruments, the top-notch Aradia Ensemble, under the inspired direction of Irishman Kevin Mallon, delivers a recording that is a much needed breath of fresh air for admirers of this familiar music.

Citing the "lugubriousness" of other recordings, Mallon speeds up the tempi for both the WATER MUSIC and ROYAL FIREWORKS making those scores spring to life like never before. The quicker tempi may not sit well with some so-called purists, but only the most rigid won't be happily tapping their feet while listening. (Much of this is dance music, after all!)

To augement the period authenticity of the music, Mallon, in a stroke of artistic brilliance, adds purcussion to several tracks of this recording.(During Handel's time, it was common practice to include percussion in dances and overtures.) You've never heard a more rousing OVERTURE from THE ROYAL FIREWORKS until you've heard it with those regally pounding drums.

Additionally, this is the first recodring of FIREWORKS to properly include a transverse flute. The effect, of course, is pure magic and again lends an air of authenticity.

To top it all of, the great sound engineer, Norbert Kraft, has done it again for Naxos. The sound here is rich and natural, as is usally the case for this label.

Enthusiastically recommended for those who want to hear two well-known pieces again for the first time.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By sal on May 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For years I've had the CD of these Handel compositions, recorded by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. That CD won a rosette from the Penguin Guide to Classical Music, but I couldn't stand listening to it anymore. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performance of these compositions was almost too-perfect and I found it seemed boring and too-structured.

Enter this recording, which I learned of when looking at things over at the Arkiv Music website. This recording on the Naxos label was a minimal investment (Naxos is a super resource for great music at low cost). What a delight to find such a high quality recording, played in a fresh and beautiful way. No, it is not note-perfect as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays it. But, it is lovely and refreshing to hear, a delightful experience that has life rather than mechanical reproduction of notes. An excellent investment!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ross Kennett on February 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I ordered this CD before its release after hearing part of it on the car radio, and was so delighted with it that I told anyone who might listen. So it was a bit of a relief to read reviews such as the one above by Robert Levine. It is great to hear this fine music played with such joy and innovation, they dance through the dance movements, and sometimes add drum and tambourine. If you can hear this Fireworks Music, what a grand joyfull noise they make, without beating on your imaginary timpani and side drum, then there is a chance you might be dead.

This is an excellent recording of excellent music at a super-bargain price, very highly recommended. Look out for other period instrument recordings by Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Packo on June 6, 2010
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And splendorous in every way.

Mallon and the Arcadia Ensemble perfectly capture the true magic
of Handel's gift: music that is glorious, majestic, yet always
inspired by the most marvelous sense of an uncommonly common touch.
In a word: entertainment.

The performance of every suite is graced with much care, nuance and balance.
Yet, overall and most importantly, their wonderful vitality has been preserved
and, dare I say it? enhanced.

Here is wonderfully celebratory music, performed with loving attention to every
aspect of it's playful and inspirational soul, dancing with delight.
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