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Georg Friederich Händel

Haydn Sinfonietta Wien / Manfred Huss

Water Music

€ 19.95
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  • Type SACD
  • Label Bis
  • UPC 7318599920276
  • Catalog number BIS 2027
  • Release date 01 August 2013

About the album

It is an intriguing coincidence that in the case of several of the most famous works of music – for instance Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G minor – there are no extant autograph scores. Another example is Georg Frideric Handel's Water Music, composed for a royal boat party on the Thames on 17th of July 1717. Conceived for such a unique occasion, the work was quite possibly never performed again in its original form during Handel's lifetime. Handel reused certain movements in other works, and 'best-of' suites soon appeared – including for instance the ever-popular 'Trumpet minuet', 'Air' and 'Alla Hornpipe' – but there is no evidence that Handel ever again chose to perform all of the 22 movements in sequence. The absence of an autograph score and an established contemporary performance practice has led to various speculations regarding the work, and specifically about the order in which the movements should be performed. For a long time the reigning theory has been that which is reflected in Handel's list of works, the Händel Werke- Verzeichnis, which groups them as three suites, HWV348, 349 and 350. A recently discovered copy of the score of the complete Water Music, made shortly after the first performance, has challenged this conception of the work, however. In the manuscript – and on this disc – the movements follow in what is clearly a single great span, with trumpets and horns setting in at different points, providing variety and adding the appropriate splendour and excitement. Manfred Huss and the period orchestra Haydn Sinfonietta Wien are internationally acclaimed for their rousing performances of music by Haydn and Schubert. They now bring their indomitable enthusiasm and collective expertise to one of Handel's most famous and popular works, rounding off the disc with the composer's far less well-known, but equally resplendent Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio. 

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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 1. Ouverture. Allegro HWV348/1
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    03:09
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 2. Adagio e staccato HWV348/2
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    01:44
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 3.[no indication] HWV348/3
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:27
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 4. Andante HWV348/4
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:11
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) No.3 da capo
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:32
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 5. Allegro HWV348/5
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    03:18
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 6. Air HWV348/6 2'45
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:45
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 7. Minuet HWV348/7
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    03:13
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 8. Bourrée HWV348/8
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:05
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 9. Hornpipe HWV348/9
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:21
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 10. [Andante] HWV348/10
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:42
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 11. [Allegro, ‘Water Piece’] HWV349/11
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    01:52
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 12. [Hornpipe] HWV349/12
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    04:56
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 13. [Menuet] HWV350/16
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:36
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 14/15. [Rigaudon I] – [Rigaudon II] – [Rigaudon I] HWV350/17–18
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    03:06
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 16. Lentement [‘Marche’] HWV349/14
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    02:14
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 17. [Bourrée] HWV349/15
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    01:09
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 18/19. Menuet [I] – [Menuet II] – Menuet [I] HWV350/19–20
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    03:22
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 20/21. [Gigue I] – [Gigue II] HWV350/21–22
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    01:26
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    Water Music, HWV348–350 (1717) 22. Menuet (Coro) [‘Trumpet Minuet’] HWV 349/13
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    03:30
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    Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio, HWV62 (1746) [Introduction] – Allegro
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    04:58
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    Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio, HWV62 (1746) Adagio
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    01:52
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    Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio, HWV62 (1746) Marche
    Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
     
    01:22

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