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Handel - Water Musick / PBO, McGegan
George Frideric Handel, Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Handel - Water Musick / PBO, McGegan
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
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Nicholas McGegan's period-instrument account of the complete Water Music is informed, vibrant, and brilliantly recorded--a wonderful argument for authenticity. As an interpretation it ranks second to none, conveying the da...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: George Frideric Handel, Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Title: Handel - Water Musick / PBO, McGegan
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Release Date: 12/14/1992
Album Type: Import
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Suites, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Handel - Water Musick / PBO · McGegan
UPCs: 093046701024, 3149025032478

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Nicholas McGegan's period-instrument account of the complete Water Music is informed, vibrant, and brilliantly recorded--a wonderful argument for authenticity. As an interpretation it ranks second to none, conveying the dances in a spritely, vivacious manner. The ensemble, consisting mostly of American players, is not quite as brilliant as the London bands that have dominated the period scene until recently. But while there are moments where the execution is just a bit under par (the oboes, for example, get a little scrappy in places), there can scarcely be any complaints about Lowell Greer's superb work as first horn. Listening to the disc is like sitting in on a performance; the experience is one of music from start to finish. The recording is intimate, a bit dry but with just enough ambience to give life to the sound, and very clear. --Ted Libbey
 

CD Reviews

On second thoughts....
06/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wrote the two-star review above (below?). On rehearing it, I think that I might have been a bit too harsh. Certainly after all the palaver I'd heard I was expecting something special and I felt let down when I didn't get it. To my mind, there remains no doubt that Pinnock's old recording for Archiv remains clearly the best in the field, bar none. However, this recording, while lacking the bounce and exuberance of Pinnock, is nicely played. I think 3.5 stars is about correct, so, if I award it five stars now, my rating will average out to what I think is the correct one. But do yourself a favour and hear Pinnock before you buy this one!"
A Joy to hear!
Torbjørn Lygre | Norway | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I Love it, better than all other recording I Have heard before! I Highly Recomand
10 of 10 point it get from me
PS! This is the most correct version of the Work. I read some here like Pinnock better. That Version is good, but history tell that is not Händels version. He Composed also the variations too. This Is the version they played on the River. The Works World Premiere. Pinnock version not complete version of this WORK. Think again! Pinniock played this work as two suites, not three suites whith the variations that Händel wrote."