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Händel revisited
Warner Classics, 2017

1 CD 17 €
2 CDs 32 €

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Belgium: 4 €
European Community: 8 €
Rest of the world: 15 €

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Eric Sleichim and Dutch organ player Reitze Smits arranged the Water Music suite and Music for the Royal Fireworks for saxophone quintet BL!NDMAN [sax] and Eric Sleichim (here again on alto) and grand organ.

Saxophones and organ have been combined several times in new music before and their sounds and dynamics mix splendidly. The monumental character of Handel?s orchestral score is emphasized in this unique instrumentation.

Handel’s iconic orchestral suites flank the opening movement of Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Elémens, a musical punch-in-the-face long ahead of its time, and Olivier Messiaen’s Le Verbe, excerpt from La Nativité du Seigneur.


Eric Sleichim & Reitze Smits: concept, arrangements & artistic direction

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Koen Maas & Pieter Pellens: soprano saxophone
Eric Sleichim: alto saxophone
Piet Rebel: tenor saxophone
Raf Minten: baritone saxophone

Reitze Smits: organ

Recorded in the Grote Kerk Vianen (NL)
Recording engineer: Peter Van Bouwel
Recording engineer: Dries D’Hondt
Editing: Peter Van Bouwel, Eric Sleichim & Dries D’Hondt
Mixing & mastering in Igloo Studios by Daniel Léon & Eric Sleichim
Production: Tanja Vrancken
Coordination: Brigitte Ghyselen (Warner Music)

WATER & FIRE / HANDEL REVISITED is a production of BL!NDMAN & Stichting Voor de Wind, with the support of MA Festival Brugge
BL!NDMAN enjoys the support of the Administration for the Arts of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and of the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] plays on Selmer Paris saxophones and on D’Addario reeds.
Thanks to all the generous supporters of the crowdfunding campaign, Stichting Kunst & Cultuur Grote Kerk Vianen
Exceptional thanks to An-Katrien Van Laer & Paul Beyl (PANKAT)


Water Music Suite, HWV 348-350 – arranged by Eric Sleichim & Reitze Smits (order cfr Bärenreiter Edition)
Suite no.1 in F major
01 I. Ouverture. Largo – Allegro
02 II. Adagio e staccato
03 III.
04 IV. Andante
05 III.
06 VI. Air
07 IX. Hornpipe
08 X.

Suite no.2 in D major
09 XI.
10 XII. Alla Hornpipe

Suite no.3 in G major
11 XVI.
12 XX.
13 XVI.

Suite no.2 in D major
14 XXII. Minuet

15 Le Cahos (from Les Elemens) – arranged by Eric Sleichim
(the final soundeffect is obtained by switching off the engine of the organ whilst playing)

16 Le Verbe (from La Nativité du Seigneur)

17 Ciaconne HWV 310 (from Andante larghetto, e staccato)

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 – arranged by Eric Sleichim & Reitze Smits
18 Ouverture
19 Bourrée

20 La Paix

21 La Réjouissance

Water Music Suite, HWV 348
22 Ouverture – “Reminiscence” (from a distance)