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George Handel - instrumental arrangements:
These pieces have been sympathetically remixed on new world instruments and a Moog synthesizer to crisp, sparkling effect. As with his fellow countryman JS Bach, George Frideric Handel's music responds surprisingly well to percussion instrumentation. He was strongly influenced by his time in Italy but spent most of his career in England producing Operas, Oratorios and instrumental music from which we have made our selection. Here are eight new recordings in addition to the oringal four:Cello Concerto 2nd Movement (Adagio) A delicate, stately piece where the Cello is replaced by an Ocarina and the Steel Drums, Gamelan and Marimba stand in for the orchestra.
Concerto Grosso rendered on Steel drums, Vibraphone and Marimba.Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah on the Steel Drums and Moog synthesizer combination also used to good effect on some of Bach's work. Sheba's Arrival from the opera Solomon arranged for strings and bassoons, replaced by Marimba and Steel Drums and Ocarinas and Pan Flutes respectively.Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music - Steel Drums are contrasted with Mega Moog to give a crisp display of counterpoint and rhythm.
Complete Organ Concerto in F where the organ part is taken by the Marimba while the strings are replaced by Steel Drums and the Ocarina takes the wood wind section. This combination seems to suit this sometimes meditative piece. Complete Harp Concerto in B flat where a Celtic harp takes the lead and the orchestra is comprised of Steel Drums for violins and violas, Ocarina and Pan flute for the wood wind section, while Marimbas take the cello and bass parts. Digital emulations of these instruments mean that the harp can be brought well to the fore and the thoughtful dialogue with the Orchestra is well balanced.Harp Suite where again we have used the Celtic harp with the Marimba for a cool studious arrangement.Sonata Movements No1, No2, No3, and No4, are arranged on Pan Flute and Ocarina for the Recorder and with the Harpsichord part split between SteelDrums and Marimba. This is particularly effective in the two faster movements.
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