Handel: Water Music

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Handel: Water Music

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2017

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Accent

Catalogue No:

ACC26407

Discs:

1

Release date:

21st April 2017

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4015023264076

Length:

62 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Handel: Water Music


Handel:

Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3, HWV348-350

Concerto grosso in C, HWV 318 'Alexander's Feast'


Festspielorchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings

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Countless richly decorated boats following the freshly crowned King George I, and behind him, Georg Friedrich Handel with his 50 musicians and the royal household: on July 17, 1717, the first suite of Handel's famous 'Water Music' was performed in the middle of the Thames. His Majesty took such pleasure in the music of the famous Handel that he had it repeated three times, twice before and once after dinner, although every performance lasted an hour. The boats full of people who wanted to listen were not to be counted.

The 'Water Music' is still one of Händel's most popular works. It is therefore not surprising that the Festival Orchestra Göttingen admitted it into its programme for its 10th anniversary in 2016. Conductor Laurence Cummings followed this arrangement of the single movements, as can be gleaned from recently discovered early sources.

Live recordings: 15 May 2016 (Water Music) & 18 May 2013 (Concerto grosso), Stadthalle Göttingen (Germany)

George Frideric Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: I. Overture (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: II. Adagio e staccato (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: III. Allegro (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: IV. Andante - Allegro da capo (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: V. Allegro (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: VI. Air (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: VII. Minuet (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: VIII. Bourrée (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 348: X. Allegro moderato (Live)

George Frideric Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: I. Prélude. Allegro (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: II. Alla hornpipe (Live)

George Frideric Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: I. Sarabande (Live)

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: II. Rigaudon I (Live)

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: II. Rigaudon II (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: IV. Lentement (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: V. Bourrée (Live)

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: III. Menuet I (Live)

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: III. Menuet II (Live)

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: IV. Gigue I (Live)

Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350: IV. Gigue II (Live)

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: III. Menuet (Live)

George Frideric Handel: Concerto grosso in C Major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast"

Concerto grosso in C Major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast": I. Allegro (Live)

Concerto grosso in C Major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast": II. Largo (Live)

Concerto grosso in C Major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast": III. Allegro (Live)

Concerto grosso in C Major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast": IV. Andante, non presto (Live)

Gramophone Magazine

July 2017

“What Laurence Cummings produces each year with this band of period specialists...is something quite unique and wonderful. It’s a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multicoloured and with bristling timbres leaping so vividly into the air that you feel you actually could reach out and touch them.”

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