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:
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
Works on This Recording
Drottningholm Music by Johan Helmich Roman
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1744; Sweden
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