The Air from Handel’s Water Music (HWV 349), performed by the FestspielOrchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings, director.
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4K video from the Gala Concert at the Göttingen International Handel Festival.
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Handel’s Water Music has traditionally been divided into three suites; however, recent research has shown that it is most likely one continuous work: this video is taken directly from the performance of the new edition and presented here for the first time in 4K, ultra high definition video.
When once a year Laurence Cummings summons the players of the FestspielOrchester Göttingen – also affectionately known as FOG – something very remarkable happens. Coming from a host of different countries, these specialists in historical performance practice can hardly wait to make music together again, as is immediately apparent to audiences. Critics praise the ensemble for their great range of tonal color and light, flexible and sensuous sound. This results from the FOG players harmonizing so well – musically and in general. In the evenings at the hotel where they stay, there is often spontaneous music-making and conviviality well into the night.