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Handel: Water Music / Pinnock, English Concert


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 410525   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance is, perhaps, as they say, the one we've been waiting for. Certainly it has already replaced in my affections all others known to me. The digitally-recorded sound is...amongst the most pleasing I have heard from Archiv Produktion. Strongly recommended.

Whatever the circumstances were which prompted Handel to write his Water Music, it is highly unlikely that George I ever witnessed performances matching up to this one. Had I been in the monarch's shoes and heard the present version I'd have given Handel anything in the world! Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert have already given us a splendid and satisfying account of Handel's Op. 6 Concerti grossi (Archiv Produktion 2742 002, 11/82). Now they have
Read more followed it up with the sparkling performance of the three groups of movements which comprise the Water Music. Tempos are well judged and there is a truly majestic sweep to the opening F major French overture; that gets things off to a fine start but what follows is no less compelling with some notably fine woodwind playing so often the disappointing element in performances on period instruments. I liked the tempo of the well-known Air, which felt uncomfortably fast in the recording of the AAM on L'Oiseau-Lyre.

In the D major music it is the brass department which steals the show and in this new version horns and trumpets acquit themselves with distinction. It seems to my ears that Archiv Producktion have achieved a particularly satisfying sound in which all strands of the orchestral texture can be heard with clarity. In this suite the ceremonial atmosphere comes over particularly well with some resonant brass playing complemented with crisply articulated oboes.

The G major pieces are quite different from thos in the previous groups, being lighter in texture and more closely dance-orientated in character. I find them amongst the most engaging in the Water Music and especially, perhaps, the two little 'country dances' the boisterous character of which Pinnock captures nicely.

This performance is, perhaps, as they say, the one we've been waiting for. Certainly it has already replaced in my affections all others known to me. The digitally-recorded sound is, as I've already said, amongst the most pleasing I have heard from Archiv Produktion. Strongly recommended.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [1/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Water Music, HWV 348-350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715/1736; London, England 
2.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
3.
Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
4.
Water Music Suite no 3 in G major, HWV 350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 

Sound Samples

Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 1. Ouverture (Grave - Allegro)
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 2. Adagio e staccato
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348: 3. Allegro - Andante - Allegro
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 4. (Menuet)
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 5. Air
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 6. Menuet
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348: 7. Bourrée
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 8. Hornpipe
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348: 9. (Andante)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 1. Allegro
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 2. Alla Hornpipe
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 3. (Menuet)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 4. Rigaudon
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 5. Lentement
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 6. Bourrée
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 7. Menuet
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 8. (Andante)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 9. (Country Dance I/II)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 10. Menuet

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Another homerun on period instruments April 5, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "The English Concert is one to finest ensembles on period instruments in the world and really prove it here. The period instrument genre is so popular these days that it is difficult to find baroque or classical works performed with a contemporary group.

This is an excellent performance throughout. Highly recommended."
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