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Handel: Water Music / Minkowski

> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - I. Overture: Largo - Allegro
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - II. Adagio e staccato
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - III. (Allegro)
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - IV. Andante
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - Variant of Water Music Suite No. 2: I. Allegro
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - V. (Vivo)
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - VI. Air
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - VII. Minuet
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - VIII. Bourree
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - IX. Hornpipe
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - X. (Allegro)
> Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348 - Variant of Water Music Suite No. 2: II. Alla Hornpipe
> Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 - I. Sarabande
> Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 - II. Rigaudon I and II
> Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 - III. Menuet I
> Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 - III. Menuet II
> Water Music: Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 - IV. Bourree I and II
> Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349 - I. Prelude: Allegro
> Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349 - II. Alla Hornpipe
> Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349 - III. Menuet
> Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349 - IV. Lentement
> Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349 - V. Bourree
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - I. Overture
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - II. Gigue
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - III. Sarabande
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - IV. Matelot
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - V. Menuet
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - VI. Bourree
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - VII. Gavotte
> Rodrigo Suite, HWV 5 - VIII. Passacaglia

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : The Water Music
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo
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Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph
The Water Music Suites... are given with all the freshness, exuberance and interpretative discretion that are hallmarks of Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski. Natural horns rasp jubilantly, the strings, while using "historically aware" technique, sound full and lithe, and Minkowski opts for judicious pacing that buoys up the music

Sunday Times
This is a feast... the performances are outstanding. There is no finer period-instrument orchestra than Minkowski's... wonderfully fleet-footed strings, ravishing flute and recorder, horns to delight the heart of Squire Weston himself, and all as responsive to Handel's most delicate fancies as to his Rabelaisian humour.

International Record Review
The string playing is richly textured and there is some lovely solo playing, presumably by the leader Thibault Noally... the [brass] tone is raw and penetrating, yet with delicacy when needed and some quite astonishing feats of ornamentation... The performance has excitement, tenderness, wit and drama - all the qualities, in fact, for which we love Handel's music.

BBC Music Magazine
The opening Suite is splendid, from fine blasts of robust natural horns (if played at Whitehall, audible, I'd imagine, in Chelsea)... though the sound is weighty enough to suit the open air, his spirited players achieve a lightness of touch, even with 25 strings, and doubled horns and oboes.

Gramophone Magazine
Minkowski's interpretation has plenty of tautness and verve... the vigour and force of quick movements can be dashing (in both senses of the term)... The most enduring music-making is the slower or gentler movements of the "Suite in G", with Minkowski embracing the lyrical sustained lines wholeheartedly and with emotional warmth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MC2: Grenoble, France (01/2010).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : The Water Music
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Gigue
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Sarabande
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Matelot
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Menuet
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Bourrée
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Gavotte
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodrigo :: Passacaglia
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 1707.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1707