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Handel - Water Music

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-2027
Release date2013-08-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

It is an intriguing coincidence that in the case of several of the most famous works of music – for instance Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G minor – there are no extant autograph scores. Another example is Georg Frideric Handel's Water Music, composed for a royal boat party on the Thames on 17th of July 1717. Conceived for such a unique occasion, the work was quite possibly never performed again in its original form during Handel's lifetime. Handel reused certain movements in other works, and 'best-of' suites soon appeared – including for instance the ever-popular 'Trumpet minuet', 'Air' and 'Alla Hornpipe' – but there is no evidence that Handel ever again chose to perform all of the 22 movements in sequence. The absence of an autograph score and an established contemporary performance practice has led to various speculations regarding the work, and specifically about the order in which the movements should be performed. For a long time the reigning theory has been that which is reflected in Handel's list of works, the Händel Werke-Verzeichnis, which groups them as three suites, HWV348, 349 and 350. A recently discovered copy of the score of the complete Water Music, made shortly after the first performance, has challenged this conception of the work, however. In the manuscript – and on this disc – the movements follow in what is clearly a single great span, with trumpets and horns setting in at different points, providing variety and adding the appropriate splendour and excitement. Manfred Huss and the period orchestra Haydn Sinfonietta Wien are internationally acclaimed for their rousing performances of music by Haydn and Schubert. They now bring their indomitable enthusiasm and collective expertise to one of Handel's most famous and popular works, rounding off the disc with the composer's far less well-known, but equally resplendent Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio.
 
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  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
  Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 52:52
01 1. Ouverture. Allegro 03:10 $ 0.76 USD
02 2. Adagio e staccato 01:43 $ 0.41 USD
03 3. [no indication] 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
04 4. Andante 02:11 $ 0.52 USD
05 No.3 da capo 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
06 5. Allegro 03:19 $ 0.80 USD
07 6. Air 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
08 7. Minuet 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
09 8. Bourrée 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
10 9. Hornpipe 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
11 10. [Andante] 02:44 $ 0.66 USD
12 11. [Allegro, ‘Water Piece’] 01:51 $ 0.44 USD
13 12. [Hornpipe] 04:56 $ 1.18 USD
14 13. [Menuet] 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
15 14/15. [Rigaudon I] – [Rigaudon II] – [Rigaudon I] 03:07 $ 0.75 USD
16 16. Lentement [‘Marche’] 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
17 17. [Bourrée] 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
18 18/19. Menuet [I] – [Menuet II] – Menuet [I] 03:22 $ 0.81 USD
19 20/21. [Gigue I] – [Gigue II] 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
20 22. Menuet (Coro) [‘Trumpet Minuet’] 03:39 $ 0.88 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
  Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio, HWV62 (1746) 08:39
21 [Introduction] – Allegro – 04:57 $ 1.19 USD
22 Adagio – 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
23 Marche 01:50 $ 0.44 USD
 
  Album total 61:31
ComposerHandel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
ConductorHuss, Manfred
OrchestraHaydn Sinfonietta Wien

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