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Aci, Galatea e Polifemo


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 1 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: SRI Canada
  • ASIN: B000005Z3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Duetto: 'Sorge Il Di' - Emma Kirkby/Carolyn Watkinson
2. Recit.: 'Vanti, O Cara'/Aria: 'Sforzano A Piangere' - Carolyn Watkinson
3. Recit.: 'E Qual Nova Sventura'/Aria: 'Che Non Puo La Gelosia' - Emma Kirkby
4. Recit.: 'Ma Qual Orrido Suono' - London Baroque/Charles Medlam
5. 'Sibilar L'Angui D'Aletto' - David Thomas
6. Recit.: 'Deh Lascia, Oh Polifemo'/Aria: 'Benche Tuoni E L'Etra Avampi' - Carolyn Watkinson
7. Recit.: 'Cadrai Depressa'/Aria: 'Non Sempre, No, Crudele' - David Thomas
8. Recit.: 'Folle Quanto Mi Rido'/Aria: 'Dell' Aquila L'Artigli' - Emma Kirkby
9. Recit.: 'Meglio Spiega'/Aria: 'Precipitoso Nel Mar' - David Thomas
10. Recit.: 'Si, T'Intendo Inumano'/Aria: 'S'Agita' - Carolyn Watkinson
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Disc: 2
1. Recit.: 'Qui Su L'Alto Del Monte'/(A3): 'Dolce Amico' - Emma Kirkby/Carolyn Watkinson/David Thomas
2. Recit.: 'Or Poiche Sordi Sono/'Gia Va Da Balza In Balza' - David Thomas
3. Recit. & Aria: 'Oh Dio, Mio Ben, Soccorso!' - Emma Kirkby
4. Recit.: 'Misera, E Dove Sono?'/'Impara, Ingrata' - David Thomas
5. Recit.: 'Ah Tiranno, Inumano!'/Aria: 'Del Mar Fra L'Onde' - Carolyn Watkinson
6. Recit.: 'Ferma! Ma Gia Nel Mare' - London Baroque/Charles Medlam
7. Aria (A3): 'Chi Ben Ama Ha Per Oggetti' - Emma Kirkby/Carolyn Watkinson/David Thomas
8. Son in F, Op.1 No.11: Larghetto/Allegro/Siciliana/Allegro - Michel Piguet/Charles Medlam/John Toll
9. Son in C, Op.1 No.7: Larghetto/Allegro/Larghetto/A Tempo Di Gavotti/Allegro - Michel Piguet/Charles Medlam/John Toll
10. Son in G Transposse in F: Allegro/Adagio/Allegro - Michel Piguet/Charles Medlam/John Toll

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie Frimdl on July 28 2002
This is not the English masque _Acis and Galathea_ but an earlier effort on the same story composed during the composer's youthful tour of Italy, described as a "serenade for three voices." It is deliciously scored, a perfect gem. All the parts work well--duets, ensembles, solos, and recitatives. It doesn't hold the stature of his later oratorio and operatic output, but it deserves equal renown for its pleasures are indisputable. With such refined yet expressive singing, you won't be disappointed to hear, in earlier guises, passages more familiar from Rinaldo and elsewhere.
Curiously, the higher of the women's parts is the "trousers" role here, and this is one of my all-time favorite performances from Emma Kirkby. More curiously still, Watkinson sometimes sounds countertenorish in the female role of Galatea. David Thomas tackles the role of the monstrous Polfemo and is utterly secure with all the fiendish coloratura and rock-bottom low notes! (There is some added resonance, but it doesn't detract and it doesn't blur his technique in the least.)
The opening duet between Aci and Galatea, "Sorge il Di," is one of those impossibly delectable blending of women's voices that just lather you up in a bath of sensuous sound. There is a solo ("Que l'augel") where Kirkby's voice and oboe echo each other so perfectly that you can't tell where one begins and the other leaves off. Watkinson's solo at the end of disk 1, "Se m'ami, o caro," is plangent with heartache. The piece continues onto the second disk with Kirkby delivering one of my favorite of all death scenes on track 3, with her da capo restatement so subtly embellished, and such telling vibrato on the word "palpita" ("beats" [my heart]) that, if you're as raptly attentive as I was, it takes your breath away.
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By A Customer on June 30 1999
This set got mixed reviews when it came out in 1987 but I can't see why. I can't think of a better cast list than Emma Kirkby as the shepherd Acis, Carolyn Watkinson as the nymph, and David Thomas as the bad guy cyclops.
This 1708 Italian serenata has been overshadowed by the 1716 English masque Acis and Galatea but in fact there is only one aria shared between the two - they are two separate works with different atmospheres. From memory some more material from the 1708 version was added to the London revival of Acis, and this version was later picked up for Mozart's German realisation (as recorded by Pinnock for Archiv in the 1980s). Full texts and translations. Timing 106'10".
PS: Anyone looking for the English version on Amazon would be well advised to give the Scholars Acis and Galatea on Naxos a try. A lively period instrument performance. 80' timing and full texts.
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Reissue of 1987 recording June 30 1999
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This set got mixed reviews when it came out in 1987 but I can't see why. I can't think of a better cast list than Emma Kirkby as the shepherd Acis, Carolyn Watkinson as the nymph, and David Thomas as the bad guy cyclops.
This 1708 Italian serenata has been overshadowed by the 1716 English masque Acis and Galatea but in fact there is only one aria shared between the two - they are two separate works with different atmospheres. From memory some more material from the 1708 version was added to the London revival of Acis, and this version was later picked up for Mozart's German realisation (as recorded by Pinnock for Archiv in the 1980s). Full texts and translations. Timing 106'10".
PS: Anyone looking for the English version on Amazon would be well advised to give the Scholars Acis and Galatea on Naxos a try. A lively period instrument performance. 80' timing and full texts.

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