HANDEL Water Music / Pinnock


Water Music

Music for the Royal Fireworks
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock
Int. Release 15 Jan. 2009
1 CD / Download
0289 477 7562 1
The Originals
ARCHIV Produktion

Track List

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348

Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock


Water Music, Suites 2 & 3 in D/G, HWV 348

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D, HWV 349

Water Music, Suites 2 & 3 in D/G, HWV 348


Music for the Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Total Playing Time 1:12:28

It's unlikely that George I ever witnessed performances that live up to this one. They are sparkling, tempi are well judged and there's 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. In the D major music it's the brass department that steals the show and here, horns and trumpets acquit themselves with distinction. Archiv has 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 resonant brass-playing complemented by crisply articulated oboes. The G major pieces are quite different from those in the previous groups, being lighter in texture and more closely dance-orientated. They are among the most engaging in the "Water Music" and especially, perhaps, the two little "country dances", the boisterous character of which Pinnock captures nicely.