Swapping from oboes/bassoons to recorders does not present embouchure adjustment problems. However, when baroque/classical musicians were expected to switch from oboes to flutes, that must have been quiate a different matter. I've tried it myself in concerts (to save the promoters some money) and I find playing the flute, following a spell on the oboe, to be quite horrendous. Does anyone else have a similar experience?
Oh, my one minor disappointment was that there were but 18 oboes, not the 26 Handel was after. From my position in the Arena, the strings somewhat drowned the double reeds.
I managed to catch it in Listen Again. Really exciting sounds, though I had a tough time finding the right page on my score, as there's no "set" order of movements as no Handel manuscript survives. The tuning of horns . Somehow, it seems inappropriate for the oboes and strings to be bang in tune, while the horns play the same notes - almost. I know that's the way it was "then", but it doesn't have to be now, except as an interesting experiment.
Having had a second listen, I can't agree with the nay-sayers. Quickly got accustomed to the sound of the fruity winds, and found every suite a delight. A thoroughly enjoyable concert.