Thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this classic “must have”
Georg Friedrich Händel’s most famous instrumental works are presented here: his Music for the Royal Fireworks and his three suites of Water Music in F major, D major, and G major. A grand occasion celebrating a treaty is the backdrop for Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Grand stories surrounding the event exist, including a great traffic jam on the London Bridge, a 101 canon salute, and a fire which led to a swordfight. There were 100 musicians outside to play music including 12 trumpets and 16 french horns, and Handel was far from happy with the situation. In any case, the music is very stately, featuring trumpets, horns, and oboes in many guises, not to mention plenty of fanfares.
Farewell, Maestro Marriner. R.I.P. 🙁
Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.23 GB
Händel’s Water Music Suites were composed for the King’s Wednesday evening excursions on the water. A separate barge was allocated to the musicians. Some 50 musicians played entertainment, an event to bring Venice to England.
Some of Händel’s greatest melodies situate themselves into these three suites. Very courtly and often rooted in dance, these works represent Handel at the top of his game. Each suite is scored slightly differently: F major has oboes, bassoons, horns, and strings, while the D major adds trumpets, and the G major includes recorders and flutes; all have the standard basso continuo, well played on this recording.
The chamber ensemble Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields has the right touch in all of these works, but as opposed to many performances, a general courtliness (one might go so far as to say stuffiness) is present in these pieces, giving a dignified grandeur, as opposed to the freneticism of other recordings.
As is usually the case with Sir Neville Marriner, great lengths are taken to provide the public with the most scholarly performances of 17th and 18th century music; this disc is no exception. Aside from scholarship, the playing and the sound is beautiful and equally balanced.
The acoustic of Wood Hall is dry enough so as to not make this chamber ensemble sound over reverberant. Really, all in all, if you want these Handel masterpieces on one disk, the recording is as good as any out there.
Analyzed folder: /96k Haendel – Fireworks Music – Water Music – Marriner
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.23 dB -17.27 dB A01 Music For The Royal Fireworks – Ouverture.aif
DR12 -10.81 dB -27.22 dB A02 Music For The Royal Fireworks – Bourree.aif
DR11 -8.53 dB -24.45 dB A03 Music For The Royal Fireworks – La Paix.aif
DR12 -1.06 dB -16.94 dB A04 Music For The Royal Fireworks – La Rejouissance.aif
DR12 -2.00 dB -18.21 dB A05 Music For The Royal Fireworks – Menuet And Trio.aif
DR13 -10.80 dB -28.00 dB A06 Water Music Suite In G Major – Menuet And Trio.aif
DR13 -11.65 dB -29.44 dB A07 Water Music Suite In G Major – Rigaudon I And II.aif
DR12 -8.07 dB -23.25 dB A08 Water Music Suite In G Major – Gigue.aif
DR12 -1.62 dB -18.27 dB B01 Water Music Suite In D Major – Prelude.aif
DR13 -0.85 dB -18.15 dB B02 Water Music Suite In D Major – Hornpipe.aif
DR12 -4.04 dB -19.92 dB B03 Water Music Suite In D Major – Minuet.aif
DR12 -5.58 dB -21.89 dB B04 Water Music Suite In D Major – Lentement.aif
DR12 -2.56 dB -19.57 dB B05 Water Music Suite In D Major – Bourree.aif
DR13 -7.85 dB -24.61 dB B06 Water Music Suite In F Major – Ouverture.aif
DR11 -7.08 dB -25.76 dB B07 Water Music Suite In F Major – Adagio E Staccato.aif
DR12 -2.92 dB -19.84 dB B08 Water Music Suite In F Major – Hornpipe And Andante.aif
DR12 -6.59 dB -21.98 dB B09 Water Music Suite In F Major – Jig.aif
DR11 -3.60 dB -20.14 dB B10 Water Music Suite In F Major – Air.aif
DR11 -0.92 dB -16.60 dB B11 Water Music Suite In F Major – Minuet.aif
DR14 -7.79 dB -27.55 dB B12 Water Music Suite In F Major – Bourree And Hornpipe.aif
DR14 -7.48 dB -25.56 dB B13 Water Music Suite In F Major – Gavotte.aif
Number of files: 21
Official DR value: DR12
- Composed By – G. F. Händel
- Directed By – Neville Marriner
- Harpsichord [Harpsichord Continuo] – Colin Tilney
- Orchestra – Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
- Sleeve Notes – Charles Cudworth
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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