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Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music [CD]

Aradia Ensemble , George Frideric Handel , Kevin Mallon Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (3 Jan 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000CEVU5I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: I. Overture: Largo - Allegro - II. Adagio e staccato 5:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: III. Allegro - IV. Andante - Allegro 6:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: V. Passepied 3:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VI. Air 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: VII. Menuet 2:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, Hwv 348: VIII. Bourree 2:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348: X. Allegro 4:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: I. Overture 2:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: II. Alla Hornpipe 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: III. Sarabande 1:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: IV. Rigaudon 2:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: V. Lentement 1:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: I. Sarabande 2:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: II. Rigaudon I and II 2:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: III. Menuet I and II 3:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350: IV. Gigue I and II 1:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: I. Overture 7:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: II. Bourree 3:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. La paix 3:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: IV. La rejouissance 3:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: V. Menuet I - Menuet II 3:15£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Water Music - Musique pour les feux d'artifice royaux / Ensemble Aradia, dir. Kevin Mallon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the tambourine! 1 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent performances but there is a rogue tambourine on the Water Music which presumably stands in for martial percussion. Results are initially amusing but quickly irritated me. Shame, the performance is better than that
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handel 11 Feb 2013
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Nice to have the Royal Fireworks and Water Music on one cd. Enjoyed the lively performance by the Aradia Ensemble.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and beautiful readings 20 May 2006
By sal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For years I've had the CD of these Handel compositions, recorded by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. That CD won a rosette from the Penguin Guide to Classical Music, but I couldn't stand listening to it anymore. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performance of these compositions was almost too-perfect and I found it seemed boring and too-structured.

Enter this recording, which I learned of when looking at things over at the Arkiv Music website. This recording on the Naxos label was a minimal investment (Naxos is a super resource for great music at low cost). What a delight to find such a high quality recording, played in a fresh and beautiful way. No, it is not note-perfect as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays it. But, it is lovely and refreshing to hear, a delightful experience that has life rather than mechanical reproduction of notes. An excellent investment!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling, vibrant and authentic 16 Jun 2006
By Erik Homenick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has got to be one of the finest recordings available of Handel's famous WATER MUSIC and MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS.

Performing on period instruments, the top-notch Aradia Ensemble, under the inspired direction of Irishman Kevin Mallon, delivers a recording that is a much needed breath of fresh air for admirers of this familiar music.

Citing the "lugubriousness" of other recordings, Mallon speeds up the tempi for both the WATER MUSIC and ROYAL FIREWORKS making those scores spring to life like never before. The quicker tempi may not sit well with some so-called purists, but only the most rigid won't be happily tapping their feet while listening. (Much of this is dance music, after all!)

To augement the period authenticity of the music, Mallon, in a stroke of artistic brilliance, adds purcussion to several tracks of this recording.(During Handel's time, it was common practice to include percussion in dances and overtures.) You've never heard a more rousing OVERTURE from THE ROYAL FIREWORKS until you've heard it with those regally pounding drums.

Additionally, this is the first recodring of FIREWORKS to properly include a transverse flute. The effect, of course, is pure magic and again lends an air of authenticity.

To top it all of, the great sound engineer, Norbert Kraft, has done it again for Naxos. The sound here is rich and natural, as is usally the case for this label.

Enthusiastically recommended for those who want to hear two well-known pieces again for the first time.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best version ever ? 6 Feb 2007
By Ross Kennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this CD before its release after hearing part of it on the car radio, and was so delighted with it that I told anyone who might listen. So it was a bit of a relief to read reviews such as the one above by Robert Levine. It is great to hear this fine music played with such joy and innovation, they dance through the dance movements, and sometimes add drum and tambourine. If you can hear this Fireworks Music, what a grand joyfull noise they make, without beating on your imaginary timpani and side drum, then there is a chance you might be dead.

This is an excellent recording of excellent music at a super-bargain price, very highly recommended. Look out for other period instrument recordings by Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Splendid 6 Jun 2010
By M. Packo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
And splendorous in every way.

Mallon and the Arcadia Ensemble perfectly capture the true magic
of Handel's gift: music that is glorious, majestic, yet always
inspired by the most marvelous sense of an uncommonly common touch.
In a word: entertainment.

The performance of every suite is graced with much care, nuance and balance.
Yet, overall and most importantly, their wonderful vitality has been preserved
and, dare I say it? enhanced.

Here is wonderfully celebratory music, performed with loving attention to every
aspect of it's playful and inspirational soul, dancing with delight.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also Available as SACD 29 July 2008
By Paul Van de Water - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This excellent recording is also available as an SACD [Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks [Hybrid SACD] for only slightly more money. Irrespective of format or price, it's a top choice for these much loved works. Through clear textures and relatively rapid tempos, conductor Kevin Mallon restores the joy and excitement to these very familiar pieces. Classics Today rates the disc 10/10 for both artistry and sound, and you will enthusiastically agree.
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