BBC Radio 3 Buiklding a Library - First Choice - April 2009
Handel’s Water Music and equally popular Firework Music are extremely well known standard repertoire for all Baroque enthusiasts. CPO are delighted to present this new interpretation, performed on period instruments by L’Arte dell’Arco and enhanced SACD sound quality to bring to life these two immensely popular works.
“The Italian group`s strings play with polish and alertness. Federico Guglielmo leads proceedings expertly from the violin… The famous Hornpipe is splendidly done, with a radiant balance between the pairs of trumpets and horns… and lovely solo fiddle-playing during the middle section. The Bourrée is thrillingly quick. The Country Dance sparkles with conviviality...” GRAMOPHONE
“The tradition of dividing the Water Music into three separate suites dates back to the 1950s. The suspicion that Handel envisaged it as one long sequence of movements has informed a couple of fine recordings but this disc by L`Arte dell`Arco is the first such recording to be made since the earliest surviving manuscript copy of the music (dating from 1718) was rediscovered in 2004.