Handel: Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks

Handel: Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks

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by Kevin Mallon
     
 
Mallon's performance [of the Water Music] is exemplary.... Mallon's sense of an attractive flowing pulse in the music carries through to the Music for the Royal Fireworks.... An attractive contender at budget price.

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Mallon's performance [of the Water Music] is exemplary.... Mallon's sense of an attractive flowing pulse in the music carries through to the Music for the Royal Fireworks.... An attractive contender at budget price.

Editorial Reviews

Audiophile Audition - Laurence Vittes
Mallon and his Toronto-based ensemble...combine a New World sort of jaunty ambling spirit with, when needed, a very convincing Handelian mixture of pomp, real dignity and depth. Mallon...seems to be a rising star in Naxos’ Handel firmament.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313276424
catalogNumber:
8557764
Rank:
6414

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348
  2. Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349
  3. Water Music Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350
  4. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351

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Handel: Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Under K Mallon these pieces sound with customary freshness nowadays period instruments give to us. The phrasing is typical of the "HIP" movement, after 30 years of period practice almost all ensembles have a fine "historicist" phrasing style. Where is the difference? The percussion K Mallon adds sounds refreshing and great. But I find some minuses. Let me say this: This is a very good recording, but not so great. Why? 1- Embellishments. I love them. Here they are not sistematically applied. Not so great fault. 2- Sometimes a soft attack in music which has many repetitions makes you get closer to boredom. Not always this aspect is solved with percussion, added to achieve variety. 3- Technical aspects. Aradia ensemble??? Who knows them??? Listen to Gardiner or Savall sets and you will find better wind players. In my opinion if you don`t have the best instrumentalists, the playing won´t be so good. Specially with period instruments. In my opinion Savall is the best, at least on period instrs. He has the best players and adds sometimes a lot of pepper to this work, which is wellcome. Gardiner comes close, in 2nd place. Another favourite of mine is Marriner (please!!! The set recorded in 1993 for Hanssler). Horns are not prominent enough but is one of the most fresh and inventive recordings I have ever heard. And, last but not least, my 1st encounter with these pieces, Raymond Leppard old-fashioned but still charming release. By the way, Leppard (and Pinnock, if my memory works well) adds flutes to Fireworks, so I think Naxos`claim that Mallon is the 1st to do so is wrong (Nevermind, Mallon gets the best "La Paix" on disc, I think).