Handel - Water Music | Accent ACC26407

Handel - Water Music


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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC26407

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st April 2017



FestspielOrchester Gottingen


Laurence Cummings


Handel, George Frideric

Concerto grosso in C major, HWV318 'Alexander's Feast'
Water Music


FestspielOrchester Gottingen


Laurence Cummings


Countless richly decorated boats following the freshly crowned King George I, and behind him, George Frideric Handel with his 50 musicians and the royal household: on 17 July 1717, the first suite of Handel's famous Water Music was performed in the middle of the Thames. His Majesty took such pleasure in the music of the famous Handel that he had it repeated three times, twice before and once after dinner, although every performance lasted an hour. The boats full of people who wanted to listen were not to be counted.

The Water Music is still one of Handel's most popular works. It is therefore not surprising that the Festival Orchestra Göttingen admitted it into its programme for its 10th anniversary in 2016. Conductor Laurence Cummings followed this arrangement of the single movements, as can be gleaned from recently discovered early sources.


... what Laurence Cummings produces each year with this band of period specialists – drawn from ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – is something quite unique and wonderful. It’s a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multicoloured and with bristling timbres leaping so vividly into the air that you feel you actually could reach out and touch them. ... I don’t say this lightly, but however many recordings of Handel’s Water Music you already own, this one is worth expanding your collection for.  Charlotte Gardner
Gramophone July 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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