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Handel: Water Music
George Frideric Handel, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Standage
Handel: Water Music
Genre: Classical
 
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Trevor Pinnock's 1983 account of the Water Music with the English Concert is unblushingly businesslike. Like a number of other conductors, he chooses to group the movements in D and G as one suite. The approach is big-band...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: George Frideric Handel, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Standage, Elizabeth Wilcock, The English Concert
Title: Handel: Water Music
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 8
Label: Archiv Prod Import
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Suites, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028941052520

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Trevor Pinnock's 1983 account of the Water Music with the English Concert is unblushingly businesslike. Like a number of other conductors, he chooses to group the movements in D and G as one suite. The approach is big-band Handel, but not quite as big as Handel intended. --Ted Libbey

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Businesslike?
John N. Greendyk | Vernon, NJ USA | 05/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I haven't a clue what the Amazon editorial reviewer means. What I do know is that of the many recordings I have heard of this piece, this one is unquestionably my favorite. Trevor Pinnock is brilliant with music of this period; here, his Water Music is light and alive, yet stately and majestic too!"
TWEAKING THE WATERS
Melvyn M. Sobel | Freeport (Long Island), New York | 08/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With The English Concert at the ready, Pinnock's Handel is continuously stimulating, and hardly less than persuasive. Regal, ebullient and melancholy, in turns, his performance elucidates as well as entertains. Doubtless, much thought went into Pinnock's innumerable fascinating directorial decisions and musical interrelationships. Quite impressive in particular is his attention to baroque authenticity and detail, with riveting emphasis on the clarity and positioning of period instruments. The striking use of antiphonal brass, the affectionate counterpoint between woodwinds and strings, and the ongoing concertante intimacy is thoroughly beguiling. Remarkable also is the truly exceptional sound world given Pinnock's captivating interpretation and, of course, the superlatively inspired playing of The English Concert.

[Running time: 54:15]
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Outstanding
Leslie Richford | 05/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Despite its age, this remains to my mind the best performance in existence. The CD conversion is so good that I can only tell the difference between the vinyl version (which I also have) and the CD version by the clicks and pops on the black disc - and before any vinyl-head argues, the turntable is a Linn Sondek with the top Ekos arm!"