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Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music
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on 1 December 2016
Beautiful.
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on 1 July 2014
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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on 11 February 2013
Nice to have the Royal Fireworks and Water Music on one cd. Enjoyed the lively performance by the Aradia Ensemble.
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on 12 November 2014
In his notes, Kevin Mallon states that he examined an 18th century manuscript of the Water Music with John Eliot Gardiner, and he has deliberately given all this music a 'lift', with fast tempi. It certainly works for me, and apparently also for the Aradia Ensemble, who play with great relish and delicacy.
I am not an lover of period instruments as a rule, and they are used here, but they are well-suited to this repertoire; instead of wincing at the sound of the brass I merely raised an eyebrow and then forgot all about it and simply enjoyed the music.
Naxos has treated us to a fine recording, the 5.1 surround tracks using the rear channels sparingly, but nevertheless creating a believable soundstage. Amongst other things,the entry of a tambourine caught my attention, beautifully captured without spotlighting. The stereo tracks are unlikely to disappoint, either, from my sampling of them on a smaller, stereo-only system.
What a pity that Naxos, with several other companies, has abandoned SACD. This one shows how well they could do when they tried.
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