for the Royal Fireworks. Water Music Suites in F, G and D.
Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman, cond.
TELARC SACD 60594 TT: 72:45 (5.1 channel)
A magnificent CD in every way: superb performances that sound more
as if they were performed on regular than "period" instruments,
and splendid sound with performers primarily in the front but plenty
of resonance/reflected sound coming from sides and back, quite similar
Charles Mackerras EMI DVDA version . By
way of contrast, the third currently available multi-channel recording
of both works on Vanguard SACD puts
you right in the center of the orchestra - although it doesn't include
the complete Water
"From the Isles to
Ensemble Galilei (Liz Knowles, fiddle; Deborah Nuse, Scottish small pipes and
fiddle; Sarah Weiner, oboe, recorders, and pennywhistle; Sue Richards, Celtic
harp; Carolyn Anderson Surrick, viola da gamba, with Jan Hagiwara, percussion
and Nancy Karpeles, bowed psaltery).
TELARC SACD 60536 TT: 68:14 (5.l channel)
This group of five women
performers offers a wide-ranging variety of pieces "from
the stately courts of medieval Spain and 18th Century France to the rugged Isles
of Scotland and Ireland, including a number of their own compositions "written
with a traditional Celtic flavor." Elegant music, elegantly performed
and recorded with remarkable presence.
R.E.B. (NEXT SURROUND REVIEW)