This is a funny and deeply moving version of one of Handel's finest works wonderfully conducted by the great Robert King. The story is simple yet clever, and the music is complex yet unpretentious. The orchestra and chorus are truly exceptional, both in the big brassy numbers and in the slower, more intimate moments.
The singers are also great. Claron McFadden is a sweet, moving, perfect Galatea; Rogers Covey-Crump is a clever and knowing Damon (Consider, Fond Shepherd is one of the highlights); and Michael George is a funny and silly, yet somewhat poignat, Polyphemus. And I feel a very special mention must be made of John Mark Ainsley's performance, he manages to bring a depth and complexity to a rather simple character that makes his Acis the best I've ever heard.
Glorious, essential Handel.