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Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerti a due cori; The Alchymist

George Frideric Handel, Academy of Ancient Music Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: L'Oiseau Lyre
  • ASIN: B0000042HN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 1. Overture: Largo - AllegroChristopher Hogwood 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 2. Adagio e staccatoChristopher Hogwood 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 3. Allegro - Andante - AllegroChristopher Hogwood 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 4. PrestoChristopher Hogwood 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 5. AirChristopher Hogwood 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 6. Minuet for the French HornChristopher Hogwood 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 7. BourréeChristopher Hogwood 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 8. HornpipeChristopher Hogwood 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 9. (Allegro)Christopher Hogwood 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 10. (Allegro)Christopher Hogwood 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - 11. Alla HornpipeChristopher Hogwood 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 1. (Menuet)Christopher Hogwood 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 2. PrestoChristopher Hogwood 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 3. MenuetChristopher Hogwood0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 4. (Menuet)Christopher Hogwood 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Water Music Suite No.3 in G, HWV 350 - 5. Country DanceChristopher Hogwood 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 1. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 2. (Alla Hornpipe)Christopher Hogwood 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 3. Trumpet MinuetChristopher Hogwood 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 4. LentementChristopher Hogwood 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Water Music Suite No.2 in D, HWV 349 - 5. AirChristopher Hogwood 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: The Alchymist, HWV 43 - OvertureChristopher Hogwood 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: The Alchymist, HWV 43 - Prelude - MinuetChristopher Hogwood 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: The Alchymist, HWV 43 - Saraband - Borée - Aire - BoréeChristopher Hogwood 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Handel: The Alchymist, HWV 43 - Minuet - Aire - JiggChristopher Hogwood 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 1. OuvertureChristopher Hogwood 9:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 2. BourréeChristopher Hogwood 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 3. La paixChristopher Hogwood 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 4. La réjouissanceChristopher Hogwood 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 5. Menuet I-IIChristopher Hogwood 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 1. OuvertureChristopher Hogwood 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 2. Allegro ma non troppoChristopher Hogwood 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 3. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - LargoChristopher Hogwood 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 5. A tempo ordinarioChristopher Hogwood 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 6. Alla breve. ModeratoChristopher Hogwood 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.1, HWV 332 - 7. Menuet (Allegro)Christopher Hogwood 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 1. PomposoChristopher Hogwood 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 2. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 3. A tempo giustoChristopher Hogwood 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 4. LargoChristopher Hogwood 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 5. Allegro ma non troppo - AdagioChristopher Hogwood 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333 - 6. A tempo ordinarioChristopher Hogwood 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 1. OuvertureChristopher Hogwood 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 2a. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 2b. Allegro ma non troppoChristopher Hogwood 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 3. AdagioChristopher Hogwood0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 4. Andante larghettoChristopher Hogwood 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Handel: Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334 - 5. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Handel: Arias I & II for oboes, horns and bassoons - Aria IChristopher Hogwood 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Handel: Arias I & II for oboes, horns and bassoons - Aria IIChristopher Hogwood 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 


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This is a fine Handel compilation that provides a nice overview of his orchestral music with brass instruments, as well as his only incidental score (music written to accompany the action of a play). Christopher Hogwood uses the arrangement that Handel made of the Fireworks Music for normal-sized forces, including strings, which were absent from the original. All the music is played with a fine sense of style, and a goodly bit of the "pomp and circumstance" that Handel above all others knew how to capture in music. At two discs for the price of one, this is an extremely good deal. --David Hurwitz

Product Description

CD1 - Water Music. The Alchymist CD2 Music for the Royal Fireworks. Three concerti a due cori. Two arias for wind band. On authentic instruments.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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[ASIN:B0000042HN Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerti a due cori; The Alchymist]
A very good recording: clean clear, well balanced. I enjoyed the enthusiastic performances. Using original instruments, as AAM always does, inevitably adds something special to the performance. Am not sure if this, or an, overture is the best choice for the closing work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwood the Great!! A+++ 21 Mar 2014
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Still for me one of THE best Handel collections available and with both on double CD and download, I can vouch for that :-) Superb!!
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This has always been my favourite version of the Water music. My wife bought the LP of it for me years ago and now I have it on cd. I particularly like the way this orchestra play the Hornpie and Bureau.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great production. 8 Sep 2012
By Roger
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good balance. listens well on mp3 and full speaker set. fast load and crisp dynamics. full freq response, too. a better way to spend time at 38000 feet than the airline's canned sop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Water Music recordings 10 Aug 2000
By Paul Bobbitt - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm torn as to whether I prefer the Tafelmusik recording or this one. Both are beautiful, but each approaches the music in a different way. This recording is perhaps the more traditional of the two, with a slower tempo. The brass is particularly spectacular in this recording, giving a richness and depth to the slower passages. The French horns are incredible. Hogwood is also an acknowledged master of Handel, making this version a core piece in any collection.
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Towards the higher end of the pack 11 Mar 2004
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Reading the liner notes, I am reminded that the occasion for which the water music originally was composed was royal river outing that started in the evening and lasted until 4:00 AM (Take THAT you modern clubhoppers!). The music was played three times through the course of this trip. I doubt there were many teetotallers. Soo...royal oarsmen, wine goblets overflowing with the best claret, tipsy nobleman and...hey! don't hit that river barge! Watch where you're goin' mate!
As such, I'd expect a little roughness in performances (especially for the 3:30 AM gig). Ill-tuned horns and all, I think Hogwood delivers about as faithful a rendition as is currently available. There are certainly more "refined" versions of the water music. I think these better resemble the follow-on peformances for the genteel, perfumed ladies seeking money for the foundling hospital. That's the beauty of Orpheus and Pinnock versions.
Hogwood gets 4 stars for getting close to the river ride. I will admit that my view has been biased by the fabulous 1976 rendition by Jean-Claude Malgoire which hasn't been bettered in this respect. No English band can shake a stick next to drunken French horn players. But Hogwood is a good near-term substitute until Sony wakes up and dips further into their vaults.
Additionally, the Fireworks music is fabulous; the due cori very nice, with similar touches of earthiness. All in all a good outing, and for decent prices.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Noble Performance 11 Mar 2006
By Robert Andrade - Published on Amazon.com
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I have listened to numerous renditions by different performing artists, for several years, of both Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. The first time I listened to this CD played by the Academy of Ancient Music I felt I was listening to a high class performance. There is something about the clear sound of the instruments and the tempo and dedication to detail that this group of artists put into its performance that it really inspires me into the wonderful world of the baroque classical music and somehow it transports me to the time when Handel himself was composing and directing these beautiful masterpieces. And the bonus is also the beautifully played Duo A Cori concertos. I recommend it!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best interpretation of Music for the Royal Fireworks 1 Feb 2008
By T. Tasci - Published on Amazon.com
I listened to many versions of Music for the Royal Fireworks and this is by far the best one among all... You should listen the samples that are available in amazon.. My favourite is "Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351 - 5. Menuet I-II" Very well played, the voices of all instruments are clear, one can distinguish anyone of them easily. The tempo of the music is at the optimum speed. If Handel had seen this version of his piece he would have proud of it...
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE! 20 Feb 2000
By Ben Sparrow - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is a powerful, electrifying performance of some of the greatest works ever written. This is a great interpretation of what Handel wanted. A worthwhile buy because it never gets old. This is the one to get. It simply is great. Amen.
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