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Handel: Water Music / Music for Royal Fireworks

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Editorial Reviews

As usual, Roger Norrington manages to make the piece at hand sound scrappier than anyone else, conveying a nervous energy in his 1996 run-through with the London Classical Players that puts one more in mind of coffee than of water. Not much else distinguishes this reading, and to judge from the generic quality of the playing and the occasionally frayed string ensemble, the recording seems to have been phoned in as well. The Music for the Royal Fireworks is offered as a coupling. --Ted Libbey

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ouverture
  2. Adagio E Staccato
  3. Allegro-Andante-Allegro
  4. Menuet
  5. Air
  6. Minuet
  7. Bourree
  8. Hornpipe
  9. Finale
  10. Overture
  11. Alla Hornpipe
  12. Menuet
  13. Rigaudon 1 & 2
  14. Lentement
  15. Bourree
  16. Menuet 1 & 2
  17. Country Dance 1 & 2
  18. Menuet
  19. Ouverture
  20. Bourree
  21. La Paix
  22. La Rejouissance
  23. Menuet 1 & 2

Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Classical Players
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Composer: George Frederick Handel
  • Audio CD (June 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B000002SR9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on May 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I strongly beg to differ with the staff music critic who regards this recording as a "phoned-in" performance of these popular Handel instrumental works. Norrington has been among the most exciting, interesting conductors of Baroque and Classical music either in concert or in a recording, and this 1996 recording of these works is no exception. I truly enjoy the extensive warm, "skittish" performances of these works (I say "skittish" because they are truly scrappy, replete with nervous energy from the London Classical Players), with exceptional percussion playing in the Fireworks music suite and splendid performances from the winds and strings in the two Water Music suites and of course the Fireworks music suite too. I agree with a previous customer reviewer who observed that this recording is as fine as those from the likes of Trevor Pinnock and John Eliot Gardiner (Gardiner's recordings with his English Baroque Soloists I have to regard as definitive, but Norrington's interpretations and superb performances from his London Classical Players are clearly worthy of recognition too.). Without question, this is certainly a most desirable recording of these popular Handel instrumental suites.
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