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Handel: Water Music / Gibson, Scottish Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 08/28/2001 
Label:  Chandos Collect Catalog #: 6642   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This recording of Handel's Water Music remains one of the finest available "big band" versions using modern instruments. It also was one of Chandos' earliest digital successes, establishing the label's reputation for sonic as well as artistic excellence, and its virtues haven't diminished at all since it was first issued in 1985. It's difficult to say exactly why the music comes off sounding so fresh and lively in this peformance. Certainly, Gibson brings an unvarnished joy to his conducting that serves these suites particularly well. From the crisp rhythms of the two overtures and rollicking horns in the quicker movements (such a delightful Alla Hornpipe!) to the perfectly gauged Adagio e
Read more staccato from Suite No. 1, you get the sense that conductor and orchestra are just having a great time in music they were born to play.


Then there's the sound: warm and clear, capturing the instruments in a truly flattering acoustic space. It's simply a pleasure to listen to, never aurally fatiguing or unnaturally balanced. Hopefully Chandos will add Gibson's stunning disc of Elgar Overtures to its reissue roster; it boasts the same virtues as this recording and for my money never has been surpassed. Really super!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Water Music, HWV 348-350 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715/1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1985 
Venue:  Glasgow City Hall, Scotland 
Length: 47 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
3.
Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
4.
Water Music Suite no 3 in G major, HWV 350 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 

Sound Samples

Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: I. Overture: Largo - Allegro
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: II. Adagio e staccato
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: III. Allegro - IV. Andante - Allegro
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: V. Passepied
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VI. Air
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VII. Menuet
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VIII. Bourree
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe
Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: X. Allegro
Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: I. Overture
Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: II. Alla Hornpipe
Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: III. Sarabande
Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: IV. Rigaudon
Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: V. Lentement
Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: I. Bourree
Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: II. Menuet
Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: III. Andante
Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: IV. Gigue I- Gigue II - Gigue I
Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: V. Menuet - Coro

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