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Handel: Water Music HWV 348-350, Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351 / Guglielmo, L'Arte dell'Arco

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  1. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: I. Overture: Largo - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: II. Adagio e Staccato $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: IV. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: V. — $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: VI. Air $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: VII. Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: VIII. — $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: IX. Hornpipe $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 1 In F Major, HWV 348: X. — $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 2 In D Major, HWV 349: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 2 In D Major, HWV 349: II. Alla Hornpipe $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 2 In D Major, HWV 349: III. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 2 In D Major, HWV 349: IV. Rigaudon I $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 2 In D Major, HWV 349: IV. Rigaudon II $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 2 In D Major, HWV 349: V. Lentement $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 3 In G Major, HWV 350: I. Bouree $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 3 In G Major, HWV 350: II. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 3 In G Major, HWV 350: III. Menuett $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 3 In G Major, HWV 350: IV. Country Dance I $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 3 In G Major, HWV 350: IV. Country Dance II $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel, G.F. — Water Music: Suite No. 3 In G Major, HWV 350: V. Trumpet Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel, G.F. — Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: I. Ouverture $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel, G.F. — Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: II. Bourree $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel, G.F. — Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. la Paix $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel, G.F. — Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: IV. la Rejouissance $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel, G.F. — Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: V. Menuet I $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel, G.F. — Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: V. Menuet II $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Few pieces of music have been recorded more often than the Water Music, but this disc offers a genuinely fresh interpretation... Many things in the recording are new, and the listener who knows the Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music well may find it quite a shock. It's a worthwhile shake-up to one's concept of the music, though." -All Music Guide

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The tradition of dividing the Water Music into three separate suites dates back to the 1950s. The suspicion that Handel envisaged it as one long sequence of movements has informed a couple of fine recordings but this disc by L'Arte dell'Arco is the first such recording to be made since the earliest surviving manuscript copy of the music (dating from 1718) was rediscovered in 2004.

The strings play with polish and alertness.

Federico Guglielmo leads proceedings expertly from the violin; his few solo flourishes are direct yet courtly. The famous Hornpipe is splendidly done, with a radiant balance between the pairs of trumpets and horns (who relish some tasteful ornaments in the da capo), and lovely solo fiddleplaying during the middle section.

Generally these performances are pleasantly contoured, though the continuo team occasionally become intrusive in faster music. However, it is good to hear musicians confident enough to play the Lentement more slowly than has become common. The Bourrée is thrillingly quick. The Country Dance sparkles with conviviality, although the recorder is a little uneven.

The Ouverture from the Music for the RoyalFireworks is given a vibrant and engaging performance.

Guglielmo and his forces achieve the rare feat of ensuring that 'La Réjouissance' is coherently shaped. CPO's translator of the booklet has done a poor job of what seems to have been an interesting note by Guglielmo ('cembalo' is consistently mistranslated as 'cymbals'!) but the disc is warmly recommended.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
  • Conductor: Federico Guglielmo
  • Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
  • Notes: Auditorium di Chiuppano (Vi), Italy (10/12/2004-10/14/2004)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
  • Conductor: Federico Guglielmo
  • Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
  • Notes: Auditorium di Chiuppano (Vi), Italy (10/12/2004-10/14/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749