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Andrew Manze and The English Concert are the ideal performers for this event, wonderful players who have long specialised in the period, and their playing is as spirited, colourful and authentic as we'll see and hear without a time machine .

It is difficult to believe that sound as good as this was all captured on the river, especially when we hear two rather different mixes of each track and the BBC is studiously vague about the sound recording circumstances. Both are perfectly acceptable in context but the sound is more detailed and the balance more realistic in the Extra.

A still from the performance 'extra', view 3 selected, showing the musicians on the reconstructed barge on the Thames. © 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd/Opus Arte
A still from the performance 'extra', view 3 selected, showing the musicians on the reconstructed barge on the Thames. © 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd/Opus Arte

One might, in fact, enjoy the DVD more in reverse order, beginning with the uninterrupted performance from the 'Extra' [watch and listen to an extract from the 'extra' section], then returning to the 'Main' for the background to it and a more contextualised repeat of most of the performance.

Copyright © 7 June 2006 Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville, Australia

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Handel's Water Music - Recreating a Royal Spectacular

OA 0930 D DVD9 NTSC 16/9 Anamorphic LPCM Stereo/Digital DTS Surround FIRST RELEASE 78' 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd

The English Concert; Andrew Manze, director

Feature film: The renowned London biographer Peter Ackroyd narrates the ambitious attempt of a team of historical experts to discover the remarkable story behind the 1717 première of Handel's Water Music on the Thames. The result is the second-ever performance on the river, filmed in costume on a regal-style period barge against the backdrop of the present-day Thames. Includes performances of favourite movements from the F major and D major suites. Extra feature: Follow the river route as it would have looked in 1717 while listening to the music, in a special multi-angle oerformance version featuring an historic-style panoramic view exclusive to this DVD

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