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Sun, 29 Jan 2006

Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks

G.F. Handel, Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks
Aradia Ensemble
Kevin Mallon

It's hard to imagine anyone who's had any exposure at all to classical music not having heard these pieces, and it's also hard to imagine just how many recordings there must be. It is actually one of the problems for people starting collections: which recording to choose? The one with the grooviest cover? Surely not! It takes time I'm afraid. While something like the Penguin book or Gramaphone Magazine might be helpful, you still need to know what you like. Once you know that, it is quite helpful to follow particular ensembles.

If you're wandering the shop looking for your first Water Music you might be tempted to walk past this -- it's from the cut price Naxos label and has their usual not-too-flashy cover. In fact it is very nicely done and is well worth a listen. (Baron K)

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