HANDEL:  Music 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 to the 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 Music.  

"From the Isles to the Courts"
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.