What Laurene Cummings produces with this band of period specialists is something quite unique and wonderful. It's a sound of zing, spring, heat and finesse; light-textured yet intense; multi-colored and with bristling timbers leaping vividly into the air.
These are readings which would verily sing through the open air as Handel intended, and incidentally they may also be particularly close to Handel first wrote, as Cummings utilizes the new Handel Edition, based on the source thought to be the work's oldest.
I don't say this lightly, but however many recordings of Water Music you already own, this one is worth expanding yourRead more collection for.
Bursting with life and a rather English sensibility, its subtlety of scoring is splendidly explored in this new recording from the Göttingen Festival Orchestra. Laurence Cummings makes the music dance and sing: touches like leaving the perky wind trios without continuo make the expressiveness of the strings as they enter all the more effective. Hugely enjoyable.