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Water Music Music for the Royal Fireworks [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

G.F. Handel , Jordi Savall Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: G.F. Handel
  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • ASIN: B0015KGJMM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best versions ever August 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This version might not surpass Hogwood for some of you but in my opinion this version outscores them ALL.
This is the most brilliant, clear recorded version ever out there. Fantastic brass.
Conducting, music (extremly good performed by all), tempi, sound is astonishing in its professional perfection and it is joyful and personal in every sence.
Grammohone rank this set overall very high and in fact rank Music for the royal fireworks as the best version ever and I understand why.
So buy it and enjoy
P.S check out Savalls versions of Bachs 6 Brandenburg concerti and Orchestral suites too because they also are extremly good.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary! - Another Savall Success August 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Here we have the second reissue of, by far, the best performance of Handel's Water Music and Fireworks music to be found anywhere! At the time of this writing the first re-issue of this recording is selling for $224 here on Amazon just to show you how valued this performance is. Here the Alia Vox engineer, Nicolas de Beco, has taken this 16 bit 44.1 kHz sampled recording from 1993 and re-mastered it into a suburb surround (multi-channel 5.0) SACD. No information is given as to weather this was an original multi-channel recording or if DSP was employed to add the additional channels, but the results are superb! This transfer makes this recording even more attractive than the original which was already at the top of its class. My only wish is that Jordi Savall would have re-recording this music in true high definition SACD sound which would have made this recording even more attractive. What makes Jordi Savall's performance so much better is that it shows the joy of the occasion much better than any other performance I've heard. Some might find his pacing a little fast, but I find it exciting and thrilling.

IN COMPARISON TO OTHER SACD RECORDINGS
I have other SACD recordings of Handel's Water Music and Fireworks music but they pale in comparison to Jordi Savall's joyful performance. For instance the Aradia Ensemble on a Naxos SACD is one of the worst recordings I've ever heard. The problem with the Aradia Ensemble recording is that the engineers placed the microphones too far from the orchestra so it seems as if the listener is sitting at the back of the church. I don't know about you, but if I pay premium prices for an SACD I want a front row seat or even a seat in the middle of the orchestra, but not a seat 100 feet away!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars could have been better, but still brilliant September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I think these pieces are a kind of portrait of how good is a chamber orchestra, specially on period instruments. Why? because if it is going to be played as the pieces deserve,it should be with passion, complete understanding od baroque musical codes (eg ornamentation, phrasing) and the utmost virtuosism. I don't play music but I feel ther horn parts must be extraordinarily difficult played without valves. So how does this recording stand against competition (Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Orpheus Chamber orch, boston baroque, tafelmusik, marriner 71'and 93', mackerras, pinnock, leppard, etc)?

Well, I have heard samples of Pinnock. Good, of course, but always typically "Brithish" that is to say, refined, trying to rescue the kindness instead of vital pulse. My first experience of these pieces was Leppard. Great recording. still many numbers are very good: vital, warm, with "period" ornamentations. A pity some numbers (eg "Air" of 1st suite) sound very old fashioned. So not a definitive recording. Orpheus chamber orchestra. I have reviewed. Modern intruments, but with "period" conventions. The problem is that they seem at times so unmusical... fast tempi when there should have been more pomp, some "flat", insensitive passages ... as I have said, "plastic Handel". Gardiner is very good but uneven, I think Fireworks deserves more majesty. Tafelmusic's watermusic have the same deffects of their "Brandenburgs": an american version of Pinnock, sorry listen to the trumpets and see how flat they are ... not a first choice. Boston Baroque I don't know.

So I keep with ... Savall and marriner. I don't know Marrienr 71' (Decca) but I love Marriner 93' (hanssler).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 13, 2008
By Teemacs
Format:Audio CD
These are two of the most brilliant pieces of light music ever written, and are particular favourites of mine. I'm a big devotee of Pinnock's 1983 Water Music and my favourite Fireworks goes back to the old Jean-François Paillard all-wind version of about a million years ago. So now along comes something to challenge them both. While I'd hesitate to label these versions as "the best", they are certainly right up there with the leaders.

This recording is about 15 years old, but has been remastered and issued on hybrid CD-SACD. It really is rather good, nicely played and crisply recorded, the original instruments caught very nicely.

I shall need some time to get used to the Water Music. Why? Because it is quite a different arrangement. For a long time, only Sir Hamilton Harty's (shortened) arrangement was played, and then, with the upsurge in interest in baroque music in the 1960s, this was filled out with other bits, until there emerged a new "standard" version (the one used by nearly all the more recent versions, including Pinnock). This is the one I'm used to, and to hear the bits I think of as "the end" coming at the beginning is slightly disconcerting. Of course, nobody knows exactly what was played on that day, and it is likely that different suites (sharing some material) were played at different parts of the King's aquatic excursion. So, this version is as "correct" as any other. And of course the individual bits are marvellous, no matter what the order. Another slightly disconcerting thing; I've never before heard a Water Music with timpani, which, to me, don't go so well with the dances (gavottes, bourrées and hornpipes) which make up the suites.

The order for the Fireworks is well known, the only problem being, strings or no strings?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant, beguiling, wonderful Handel
This just can't be bettered. Beautifully recorded, Savall and his period orchestra avoid the overly saccharine readings often associated with modern orchestras in these pieces,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Long-Time Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Quote by Amazon
Amazon (see above) quotes from three reviews including that by ClassicalMusicLover (see below) who has given the Alia Vox issue 4. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Diotima
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
This is a hybrid CD/Super audio CD (SACD).
Refreshing interpretation of Handel's Water music and Music of the Royal Fireworks. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad that it's no longer "out of print"
My father had wanted this particular recording for a few years. And it had to be the Water Music Suite as conducted by Jordi Saval. Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by Kevin M. Estis
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely vibrant and 'spine-tingling' performance not to be missed!
Well, I just cannot understand a 2* rating for this magnificent performance - the recording dates from 1993 and has been re-mastered several times, this issue w/ SACD; I do not own... Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Giradman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
I'm a huge Jordi Savall devotee and have seen him twice in concert both performing and conducting. I also have many of his recordings.

Actually I'm quite disappointed. Read more
Published on March 5, 2009 by R. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Water Music I've heard
It took me a little while to get accustomed to this recording. I liked it from the first, but it still took a while to think of it as "Water Music". I mean, the New York Phil. Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
This is such a genuine performance. I've never heard anything like it. It is Baroque truly the way baroque was meant to be heard. I hope everyone gets a chance to hear it.
Published on June 24, 2003
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