Handel: Acis and Galatea

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Handel: Acis and Galatea

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8572745-46
(8.572745-46)

Discs:

2

Release date:

28th May 2012

Barcode:

0747313274574

Length:

1 hour 41 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Handel: Acis and Galatea


Dawn Kotoski (Galatea), David Gordon (Acis), Glenn Siebert (Damon) & Jan Opalach (Polyphemus)

Seattle Symphony Chorale & Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz

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Acis and Galatea, variously described as a pastoral, a ‘little opera’ and a masque, is one of Handel’s most popular works. It is a delectable succession of pastoral airs, love-lorn lyrics, and sprightly or mourning choruses, spiced by the pungent and unforgettable interjection of the one-eyed giant Polyphemus, who destroys the idyll of the shepherd Acis and the nymph Galatea. Handel had first turned to the subject in a cantata written in Naples in 1708. His English work, formally a masque, went through several stages until this two-act version of 1739, written principally by John Gay and graced by Handel’s exquisite music.

George Frideric Handel: Acis and Galatea, HWV 49

Act I: Sinfonia

Act I: Oh, the pleasures of the plain (Chorus, Acis, Galatea)

Act I: Accompagnato: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains (Galatea)

Act I: Aria: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire (Galatea)

Act I: Aria: Where shall I seek the charming fair (Acis)

Act I: Recitative: Stay, shepherd, stay (Damon)

Act I: Aria: Shepherd, what art thou pursuing (Damon)

Act I: Recitative: Lo! here my love (Acis)

Act I: Aria: Love in her eyes sits playing (Acis)

Act I: Recitative: Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love (Galatea)

Act I: Aria: As when the dove laments (Galatea)

Act I: Duet: Happy we! (Acis, Galatea, Chorus)

Act II: Wretched lovers! Fate has passed (Chorus)

Act II: Accompagnato: I rage, I melt, I burn (Polyphemus)

Act II: Aria: O ruddier than the cherry (Polyphemus)

Act II: Recitative: Whither, fairest, art thou running (Polyphemus, Galatea)

Act II: Aria: Cease to beauty to be suing (Polyphemus)

Act II: Aria: Would you gain the tender creature (Damon)

Act II: Recitative: His hideous love provokes my rage (Acis)

Act II: Aria: Love sounds th'alarm (Acis)

Act II: Aria: Consider, fond shepherd (Damon)

Act II: Recitative: Cease, oh cease, thou gentle youth (Galatea)

Act II: Trio: The flocks shall leave the mountains (Acis, Galatea, Polyphemus)

Act II: Accompagnato: Help, Galatea! Help, ye parent gods! (Acis)

Act II: Mourn, all ye muses (Chorus)

Act II: Aria: Must I my Acis still bemoan (Galatea, Chorus)

Act II: Recitative: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine (Galatea)

Act II: Aria: Heart, the seat of soft delight (Galatea)

Act II: Galatea, dry thy tears (Chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

September 2012

**

“Schwarz's 1991 Seattle Acis is disciplined but passe in sound, style and rhythmic gait. It skimps on Handelian delight, though its soloist quartet is decent.”

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