Handel's watery delight

The Brook Street Band's rendition of Handel's 'Oxford' Water Music goes down a storm with Classic FM's Jane Jones

Composer: Handel
Repertoire: 'Oxford' Water Music
Artists: The Brook Street Band
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Instrumental
Label: Avie AV 0028

It’s great to hear vigorous yet informed playing, combined with such a crisp, well-balanced recording – like rubbing your glasses clean and discovering just how the world looks! Well researched and compiled, these works represent a particular strand of 17th-century chamber music, with Handel at the core.  The accomplished performances of Handel’s earliest version of the famous Water Music suites are fresh and sparky, enlivening this  all-too familiar music.