Koopman, Ton

Handel: Water Music

CD
25 May 2015

Barcode: 0825646138517

Composer: Georg Friedrich Handel
Other participants: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Erato captured the finest period of the Dutch period-instrument ensemble the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra – the first half of the 1980s. Benefiting from the presence of a few of the most extraordinary musicians of their generation, including the London violinist Monica Huggett, cellist Jaap Ter Linden or flautist Ricardo Kanji, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra stood out at the time with its round, silky textures and its extraordinarily fluid musicality. It was in June and July 1992 that Ton Koopman recorded the Water Music. In the generous acoustics of Amsterdam's Waalse Kerk, Ton Koopman let the brilliant timbres burst forth more naturally. Here is a Water Music to be rediscovered, formidably dynamic and energetic, inhabited by an almost-Latin sense of urgency, in which the horns explode with joy, and the oboes beam. The rhythms burst forth, melodies are drawn with clear precision, and polyphonies are decked out in a gallant character, like the opening Minuet from the Suite in G major (HWV 350): here, Handel carries on a dialogue in spirit with his illustrious contemporary Georg Philipp Telemann.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : I Ouverture  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
02 Handel: Suite in F Major, HWV 348, 'Water Music': II. Adagio e staccato  - Ton Koopman 
03 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : III Allegro - Andante - Allegro  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
04 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : IV Menuet  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
05 Handel: Suite in F Major, HWV 348, 'Water Music': V. Air  - Ton Koopman 
06 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : VI Menuet  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
07 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : VII Bourrée  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
08 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : VIII Hornpipe  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
09 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : IX Allegro moderato  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
10 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : X Allegro  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
11 Handel : Suite in F major HWV348, 'Water Music' : XI Alla Hornpipe  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
12 Handel : Suite in G major HWV350, 'Water Music' : I Menuet  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
13 Handel : Suite in G major HWV350, 'Water Music' : II Rigaudon I & II  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
14 Handel : Suite in G major HWV350, 'Water Music' : III Menuet  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
15 Handel : Suite in G major HWV350, 'Water Music' : IV Menuet  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
16 Handel : Suite in G major HWV350, 'Water Music' : V Gigue  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
17 Handel : Suite in G major HWV350, 'Water Music' : VI Gigue  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
18 Handel : Suite in D major HWV349, 'Water Music' : I Allegro  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
19 Handel : Suite in D major HWV349, 'Water Music' : II Alla Hornpipe  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
20 Handel : Suite in D major HWV349, 'Water Music' : III Menuet  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
21 Handel : Suite in D major HWV349, 'Water Music' : IV Lentement  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 
22 Handel : Suite in D major HWV349, 'Water Music' : V Bourrée  - Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 


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