an ensemble that forms a perfect whole
“Brockes-Passion is one of Handel’s lesser-known works, although performances are becoming more frequent in recent years. One can hardly imagine a better performance than that at Göttingen this year . [...] The always excellent FOG surpassed themselves, with the most subtle attentive reading by conductor Laurence Cummings.” (Sandra Bowdler, Handel News, Nr. 70)
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 colour and light, flexible and sensuous sound. This results from the FOG players harmonising 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.
Photo top by Alciro Theodoro da Silva, photo right by Frank Stefan Kimmel.