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Handel: Oxford Water Music; Et Al / Brook Street Band


Release Date: 04/06/2004 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 28   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJean-Marie LeclairArcangelo CorelliFrancesco Geminiani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S

GRAMOPHONE
" A choice Baroque selection distinguished by stylish playing from this young group...The Brook Street Band are a young group of Baroque specialists whose name proclaims their primary allegiance to Handel, sonatas by whom frame their programme here. They bring a delightful freshness and lack of affectation to all these trio sonatas, playing in a vivacious style, with quickish but not hurried tempi, that makes it very clear that they are enjoying themselves. Their pleasure in the music is infectious... As to Handel, there is one item out of the ordinary, the ‘Oxford’ Water Music – no, not written for a party on the Cherwell or the Isis, but a version from an Oxford manuscript
Read more apparently originating from Handel himself that presents parts of the Water Music in chamber-music form... This is, I believe, its first complete recording. It’s refreshing to hear the music done in a much lighter and perkier way than it can be in its usual orchestral disposition..." - Stanley Sadie, GRAMOPHONE

Fanfare
"This one is a charmer. The Brook Street Band consists, at least here, of five women. Two of them play violins, one the cello, one the oboe and the sopranino recorder, and one the harpsichord and the chamber organ. The cellist, Tatty Theo, founded and evidently directs the group, and it is in her edition that we are given three suites, totaling around 15 minutes in duration, from an early chamber version of Handel’s Water Music that surfaced in the library of the Oxford college Christ Church... Handel occupies roughly half of the disc space, represented by the spirited dance movements we know from their later orchestral setting in the official Water Music, and by two trio sonatas of high quality...Avie’s recorded sound, produced by Simon Fox-Gál...is crisp and clean. It offers the ideal environment for the Brook Street Band’s lively, sensitive playing, attractively spotlighting the unaggressive but distinct rasp created in close harmonic contexts by the players’ admirably accurate intonation. There is some stylish embellishment, too, especially from oboist Hannah McLaughlin, in the repeats, which are consistently observed except in the da capo returns of several dance movements. Altogether, I find this a thoroughly enjoyable program of Baroque masters disporting themselves in the lighter vein, but still with arresting melodic invention and characteristically polished workmanship.- Bernard Jacobson, FANFARE

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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737-1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
2.
Première Recréation de Musique, Op. 6 by Jean-Marie Leclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
3.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 2 in E minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
4.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 7 in C major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
5.
Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 5 in A minor by Francesco Geminiani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; England 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
6.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
Notes: Arranged: Tatty Theo 
7.
Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
Notes: Arranged: Tatty Theo 
8.
Water Music Suite no 3 in G major, HWV 350 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 
Notes: Arranged: Tatty Theo 
9.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in B flat major, HWV 388/Op 2 no 3 (4) by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brook Street Band
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1718; London, England 
Date of Recording: 2002 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
This performance is with period instruments. 

Featured Sound Samples

Trio Sonata, op 5 no 4 (Handel): I. Allegro
"Oxford" Water Music Suite no 1 (Handel): IV. Bourée -- Hornpipe

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