Handel: Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks

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Gramophone - David Vickers
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.
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.
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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Vickers
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313276424
  • Catalog Number: 8557764
  • Sales rank: 135,165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–8 Water Music Suite No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348 - George Frideric Handel & Kevin Mallon (29:16)
  2. 9–13 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349 - George Frideric Handel & Kevin Mallon (10:30)
  3. 14–17 Water Music Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350 - George Frideric Handel & Kevin Mallon (10:56)
  4. 18–22 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351 - George Frideric Handel & Kevin Mallon (19:56)
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Album Credits

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Kevin Mallon Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good, but not truly great

    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).

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