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Handel: Water Music; Royal Fireworks Music

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While these performances by Andrew Mogrelia and the Prague Chamber Soloists of George Frederick Handel's complete "Water Music" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks" are decent and the sound is adequate, there is nothing attention-grabbing about these 1992 recordings, and certainly nothing that hasn't been heard before in other mainstream interpretations. There is nothing controversial in the arrangement of "Water Music," which is made up of the standard suites in F major, D major, and G major; the performance of "Fireworks Music" with strings is the commonly accepted version. Seekers of novelty -- such as a new edition or alternate instrumentation, which appear on some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While these performances by Andrew Mogrelia and the Prague Chamber Soloists of George Frederick Handel's complete "Water Music" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks" are decent and the sound is adequate, there is nothing attention-grabbing about these 1992 recordings, and certainly nothing that hasn't been heard before in other mainstream interpretations. There is nothing controversial in the arrangement of "Water Music," which is made up of the standard suites in F major, D major, and G major; the performance of "Fireworks Music" with strings is the commonly accepted version. Seekers of novelty -- such as a new edition or alternate instrumentation, which appear on some period performances -- will be disappointed by these straightforward renditions, but listeners who just want a good, basic recording will find that Mogrelia and his musicians are historically informed if not strictly a period-instrument ensemble, technically competent, and sufficiently expressive in their playing to satisfy most needs. The reproduction seems a bit soft in the "Suite in F major," but comes to a normal volume level in the brass-oriented "Suite in D major," and stays there for the rest of the disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2000
  • Label: Amadis
  • UPC: 747313711826
  • Catalog Number: 7118

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–10 Water Music Suite, No.1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348 - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Mogrelia (28:55)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byAndrew Mogrelia
    Performed byAndrew Mogrelia, Prague Chamber Soloists
    1. 1Overture / Largo - Allegro
    2. 2Adagio e staccato
    3. 3[Untitled]
    4. 4Andante
    5. 5[Untitled]
    6. 6Air
    7. 7Minuet
    8. 8Bourrée
    9. 9Hornpipe
    10. 10[Untitled]
  2. 11–15 Water Music Suite, No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349 - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Mogrelia (9:50)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byAndrew Mogrelia
    Performed byAndrew Mogrelia, Prague Chamber Soloists
    1. 11[Untitled]
    2. 12Alla hornpipe
    3. 13Minuet
    4. 14Lentement
    5. 15Bourrée
  3. 16–22 Water Music Suite, No.3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350 - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Mogrelia (10:16)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byAndrew Mogrelia
    Performed byAndrew Mogrelia, Prague Chamber Soloists
    1. 16[Untitled]
    2. 17Rigaudon
    3. 18[Untitled]
    4. 19Menuet
    5. 20[Untitled]
    6. 21Gigue
    7. 22[Untitled]
  4. 23–28 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351 - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Mogrelia (16:59)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byAndrew Mogrelia
    Performed byAndrew Mogrelia, Prague Chamber Soloists
    1. 23Overture: Adagio - Allegro - Lentement - Allegro
    2. 24Bourrée
    3. 25La Paix
    4. 26La Réjouissance
    5. 27Menuet 1
    6. 28Menuet 2
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrew Mogrelia Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A solid performance

    This is a solid piece of work. At such a great price you can't go wrong with Handel. This may not rank up there with "Messiah" but this is an inspiring piece of music.

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