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Handel: Water Music - Handel's best-loved Masterpieces in performance by Baroque Specialists Gardiner, Paillard, Scott Ross et al. [3 CDs]

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite 5 in E major (The Harmonious Blacksmith)
>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6 no 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite 4 in D minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
>Handel, George Frideric : Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Xerxes
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Handel, George Frideric : Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Recorder Sonata in F major, Op. 1 no 11 HWV 369
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 6 no 9
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 14, HWV 296
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3 no 2
>Handel, George Frideric : Serse
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti Grossi (6), Op.3, HWV 312-17
>Anonymous : Concerto Grosso in F major (included in first edition in place of HWV 315)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This generous three-CD compilation brings together many of Handel's most famous and best-loved pieces, in interpretations by conductors with a particular interest in Baroque music such as William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Jean-Francois Paillard and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Singers include Natalie Dessay, Sumi Jo, Felicity Lott and Thomas Hampson.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Allegro - Andante - Allegro
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Ensemble: Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Air
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Menuet
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Bourrée
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Rigaudon
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Alla Hornpipe
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite 5 in E major (The Harmonious Blacksmith) :: Air
  • Performer: Scott Ross (Harpsichord)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Dixit Dominus
  • Performers: John Messana (Countertenor); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Richard Morton (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Let the Bright Seraphim
  • Performer: Felicity Lott
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6 no 6 :: Musette
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite 4 in D minor :: Sarabande, Variations 1 & 2
  • Performer: Olivier Baumont (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
  • Performer: Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1739.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Saul :: O Lord whose beauties numberless
  • Performer: Paul Esswood (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Notes: Composition written: 1738.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Xerxes :: Largo
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: Overture
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: Bourrée
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: La Réjouissance
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Music for the Royal Fireworks :: Minuets 1 & 2
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Where'er you walk
  • Performer: Sumi Jo (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6 :: 1. Andante - Allegro
  • Performer: Lily Laskine (Harp)
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1736.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6 :: 3. Allegro moderato
  • Performer: Lily Laskine (Harp)
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1736.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Recorder Sonata in F major, Op. 1 no 11 HWV 369 :: 3. Alla Siciliana
  • Performers: Anner Bylsma (Cello); Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord); Frans Brüggen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Recorder Sonata in F major, Op. 1 no 11 HWV 369 :: 4. Allegro
  • Performers: Anner Bylsma (Cello); Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord); Frans Brüggen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Symphony
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
  • Performer: Ryland Davies (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: For unto us a child is born
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Rejoice greatly
  • Performer: Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: I know that my Redeemer liveth
  • Performer: Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 6 no 9 :: Larghetto
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 14, HWV 296 :: Largo
  • Performer: Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Tornami a vagheggiar
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 3 no 2 :: Largo
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1715-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Serse :: Ombra mai fu
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Ensemble: I Solisti Veneti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti Grossi (6), Op.3, HWV 312-17
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Running Time: 52 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1710-1718

>Anonymous : Concerto Grosso in F major (included in first edition in place of HWV 315)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti Grossi (6), Op.3, HWV 312-17
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Running Time: 52 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1710-1718