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Handel: Water Music

Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Manfred Huss

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Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348  
1
I. Overture
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
3:09
2
II. Adagio e staccato
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
1:44
3
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:27
4
IV. Andante
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:11
5
III. (da capo)
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:32
6
V. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
3:13
7
VI. Air
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:45
8
VII. Menuet
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
3:13
9
VIII. Bourree
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:05
10
IX. Hornpipe
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:21
11
X. Andante
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:42
Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349  
12
I. Prelude: Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
1:52
13
II. Alla Hornpipe
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
4:56
Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350  
14
I. Menuet
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:36
15
II. Rigaudon I-II-I
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
3:06
Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349  
16
IV. Lentement
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
2:14
17
V. Bourree
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
1:09
Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350  
18
III. Menuet I-II-I
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
3:52
19
IV. Gigue I-II
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
1:26
Water Music  
20
Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349: III. Menuet
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
3:30
Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62  
21
Introduction - Allegro —
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
4:58
22
Adagio —
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
1:52
23
March
George Frideric Handel; Haydn Sinfonietta Wien; Manfred Huss
1:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:15
"(The Haydn Sinfonietta Wien) play crisply and neatly: amiable horns and oboes chuckle in all the right places, the oboe-and-bassoon trios are moderately playful and the trumpets and horns are splendid ..."
- Gramophone

"... re-hearing the performances has made me increase my estimation of them ... distinguished playing ... the BIS recording emerges from renewed hearing as a good deal livelier and more stylish than I gave it credit for ... (a must if you’re looking for) 24-bit sound."
- MusicWeb International

"... let me finally turn my attention to the performance at hand. It’s not just a good one; it’s an exceptionally good one ... Huss’s players are among the very best of period instrument ensembles I’ve heard in this or any other music. For much of the time, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish them from their modern instrument counterparts ... I particularly like the many but not obtrusive embellishments the players add to their parts, a practice I suspect Handel would have expected and encouraged ... I can enthusiastically recommend this one as being superbly and imaginatively played and beautifully recorded in outstanding sound ... once again, strongly recommended."
- Fanfare

It is an intriguing coincidence that in the case of several of the most famous works of music there are no extant autograph scores, such as Handel's Water Music, composed for a royal boat party on the Thames in July 1717. Conceived for such a unique occasion, the piece was quite possibly never performed again in its original form during Handel's lifetime. Handel reused certain movements and "best-of" suites soon appeared, but there is no evidence that Handel ever again chose to present all of the 22 movements in sequence. The absence of an autograph score and an established contemporary practice has led to speculation about the order in which the movements should be played. The reigning theory has been that which is reflected in Handel's list of works, which groups them as three suites. A recently discovered copy of the score of the complete Water Music, made shortly after the premiere, has challenged that conception: in the manuscript, as well as on this recording, 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 period orchestra Haydn Sinfonietta Wien deliver a rousing interpretation, full of their indomitable enthusiasm and collective expertise, of one of Handel's most celebrated and popular works, combined with the composer's far less familiar but equally resplendent Ouverture from the Occasional Oratorio.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

Tracks 1 - 23 – 96 kHz / 20-bit PCM

Recorded at the Auditorium Grafenegg, Grafenegg, Austria, March 2012
Producer: Ingo Petry
Sound engineer: Fabian Frank
Equipment: Neumann microphones, RME Micstasy microphone preamplifier and high resolution A/D converter, MADI optical cabling, Sequoia Workstation, Pyramix DSD Workstation, B&W Nautilus 802 loudspeakers, STAX headphones
Editing: Elisabeth Kemper
Mixing: Ingo Petry
Executive producer: Robert Suff
Cover text © Manfred Huss, 2013
Translations: Andrew Barnett (English), Jean-Pascal Vachon (French)
Front cover image © Juan Hitters
Typesetting and layout: Andrew Barnett, Compact Design Ltd., Saltdean, Brighton, England

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