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Roman: Drottningholmsmusiken - Music For A Royal Wedding / Manze, Helsingborg SO

Roman / Helsingborg So / Manze
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1602  
Composer:  Johan Helmich Roman
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johan Helmich Roman's Drottningholm music consists of 24 numbers (and one da capo), totaling about 70 minutes in these lively performances. It's about what you'd expect for a baroque wedding (1744), and perhaps the nearest equivalent would be Handel's Water Music. Scored for the standard ensemble of the day (strings, winds, trumpets and drums, plus harpsichord continuo), it's easy to imagine the royal couple having a grand time, or at least being consistently entertained.

Andrew Manze directs as exciting a performance as we might expect from someone so thoroughly versed in period performance practice. Happily, he's also got a real orchestra playing on decent instruments, and the result gives you the best of both worlds:
Read more authenticity of style, but all the advantages of modern instruments in terms of timbre. And let's not kid ourselves anymore: modern instruments sound better. Not "different"--better, by anyone's definition, and by any standard. The engineering is warm, well-balanced, and utterly appealing, like the music itself. Easily recommendable.

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

Drottningholm Music by Johan Helmich Roman
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1744; Sweden 

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