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Water Music/Music for the Royal Fireworks Import

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1. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Ouverture
2. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Paix
3. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Menuet 1 & 2
4. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. Ouverture (Largo - Allegro)
5. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. Adagio e staccato
6. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. [Allegro] - Andante - [Allegro]
7. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. [Menuet]
8. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. Air
9. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. Menuet
10. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. Bourrée
11. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. Hornpipe
12. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite in F major, HWV 348. [Andante]
13. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349. [Ouverture]
14. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349. Alla Hornpipe
15. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350. [Menuet]
16. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350. Rigaudon
17. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349. Lentement
18. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350. Menuet [1]
19. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350. [Menuet 2]
20. Water Music Suites Nos 1-3 for orchestra, HWV 348-350: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350. [Country Dance 1 & 2]
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: King's Consort
  • Conductor: King
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (April 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B001SB1JU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Martin on November 28, 2009
This is a repackaging of Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks that shared other discmates on the Hyperion label. The Fireworks was recorded in 1989 and the Water Music in 1997. The Fireworks is performed in the original wind band version using period instruments and employs 24 oboes, 12 bassoons, 9 horns and 9 trumpets with spectacular sonic results. The real prize though is possibly one of the best period instrument Water Music's ever recorded. The performance is distinguished by a rounded string tone and thoughtful phrasing which at the same time doesn't sacrifice the piquancy of the strings or the guttural sound of the natural horns. For once we have a period instrument performance that actually sounds as though it's been interpreted and played with real feeling as opposed to a clinical musical exercise. I tend to shy away from many PI recordings but have come to embrace this one. I'm grateful to the fine Amazon reviewer who initially pointed me in the direction of this beauty.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
It is funny to look back at reality behind this majestic music and to know that the highly anticipated occasion of "Fireworks Music" actually ended up in tragicomical disaster - in all probability fireworks and music never coincided, fireworks itself were disappointingly bland and colorless, wooden pavilion next to musicians caught the fire and burned down to the ground, designers almost killing each other in pointing the blame.

Water music was played in less dramatic occasion - for King's leisure on day of sailing between rivers Themes and Chelsea,huge barges full of nobility and commons who were listening music specially created for this day, His Majesty King George I liking the music so much he ordered it to be played three times in going and returning.

Enormous forces of huge orchestra (twenty-four oboe players plus horns,bassoons,trumpets,drums and many more instruments including drums and double drums) were recreated in the studio for the very first time here, all of musicians playing on period instruments and bringing home the sounds closest to the ones King George heard in his time. It is truly spectacular music created for grand occasions and the pleasure of hearing all this on period instruments is immense - it would be simply blasphemous to tinkle with it otherwise.
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