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Handel: Water Music, Music For The Royal Fireworks / Savall


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9860   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


This is a reissue of a recording from 1993 (re-released a few years ago and deleted in 2003), recently remastered for SACD, and it really impresses with a renewed presence and impact, even on standard CD playback. As I said in my original review, Savall's reading "comes as close as these things can to placing us in the best seat in the house and treats us to a rare experience: the sensation of believing we're hearing a ruggedly familiar piece for the first time. Literally bursting with energy, scintillating strings, blazing horns, and incisive winds, and never boring even for one second,
Read more these performances give you Handel at his most exciting." If you have the earlier release, you probably don't need this one--unless you now own an SACD system--but it does deserve a place in every Handel collection, not only for the unsurpassed performances, but also for the effect of Savall's several decidedly "non-standard" tempos(!), and of course for the phenomenal sound, which now must have reached its ultimate realism in this format.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
2.
Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
3.
Water Music Suite no 3 in G major, HWV 350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
4.
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 

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