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Acis & Galatea

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  • Performer: Daneman; Petiban; Adnew; Cornwell; Ewing; Christie; Les Arts Florissants
  • Composer: Handel George Frideric
  • Audio CD (Feb. 20 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Eto
  • ASIN: B00001SIBI
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Acis And Galatea: Act I: Sinfonia - Presto - William Christie
2. Acis And Galatea: Act I: Chorus:' Oh, the pleasure of the plains' - William Christie
3. Acis And Galatea: Act I: Recitativo: 'Ye verdant plains and woody mountains' (Galatea) - William Christie
4. Acis And Galatea: Act 1: (Air) Andante 'Hush, ye pretty warbling quire!' (Galatea) - William Christie
5. Acis And Galatea: Act I: (Air)Larghetto: 'Where shall I seek the charming fair?' (Acis) - William Christie
6. Acis And Galatea: Act 1: Recitativo: 'Stay, sherpherd, stay!' (Damon) - William Christie
7. Acis And Galatea: Act 1: (Air) Andante: 'Shepherd, what art though pursuing?' (Damon) - William Christie
8. Acis And Galatea: Act 1: Recitativo: 'Lo! Here is my love' (Acis) - William Christie
9. Acis And Galatea: Act 1: (Air) Larghetto: 'Love in her eyes sits playing' (Acis) - William Christie
10. Acis And Galatea: Recitativo: 'Oh! Didst thou know the pains' (Galatea) - William Christie
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Disc: 2
1. Acis And Galatea: Act II: A tempo ordinario: 'Wretched Lovers' - G.F. Handel
2. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Recitativo accompangnato-furioso: 'I Rage, I Melt, I Burn' (Polyphemus) - G.F. Handel
3. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Air-Allegro: 'O Ruddier Than The Cherry' (Polyphemus) - G.F. Handel
4. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Recitativo: 'Whither, Fairest, Art Thou Running' (Polyphemus, Galatea) - G.F. Handel
5. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Air-Allegro e staccato: 'Cease To Beauty To Be Suing' - G.F. Handel
6. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Air-Allegro: 'Would You Gain The Tender Creature' (Damon) - G.F. Handel
7. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Recitativo: 'His Hideous Love Provokes My Rage' (Acis) - G.F. Handel
8. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Air-Allegro: 'Love Sounds Th' Alarm' (Acis) - G.F. Handel
9. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Air-Larghetto: 'Cosndier, Fond Shepherd' (Coridon) - G.F. Handel
10. Acis And Galatea: Act II: Recitativo: 'Cease, Oh Cease, Thou Gentle Youth' - G.F. Handel
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The innovative Baroque style that served as the primary livelihood in establishing Les Arts Florissants' impeccable reputation is portrayed again in this release of Handel's Acis and Galatea. Conducted by the ensemble's founder, William Christie, Gramophone notes that his new version is "a polished and strongly characterized performance, finely recorded", being the first recording anyone should try.

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Handel's sunny pastorale ("oratorio" seems too imposing a word) Acis and Galatea is just the thing to cheer you up if you're feeling gloomy, its bittersweet ending notwithstanding. It gets performed and recorded these days in several different versions, ranging from Handel's chamber-scaled 1718 original (using only five soloists, who also make up the chorus) to a German-language arrangement by Mozart with four-part choir and orchestra. William Christie's version follows the one that Handel used for a 1739 revival of the piece, in which he gave the sidekick role of Damon (originally for tenor) to a boy soprano and tacked onto Acis and Galatea's duet "Happy We" a choral reprise. The gentle nymph Galatea is the perfect role for Sophie Daneman's light soprano; Paul Agnew's gorgeous tenor is just as well suited to Acis--ardent and brave, yet light enough that you can believe the giant Polyphemus could crush him with a rock. Because he's the villain, Polyphemus is one of the few characters at whose stupidity one can laugh without feeling mean-spirited; the only problem with Alan Ewing's beautifully sung reading is that it's not very funny--it's perhaps too musically nuanced for a character that dumb. As Damon, Patricia Petibon sounds a bit ripe for a shepherd boy, but she's superb, and her embellishments are ingenious (if not particularly spontaneous); tenor Joseph Cornwell as Coridon gives a marvellous (and surprisingly robust) rendition of "Would You Gain The Tender Creature". Conductor William Christie has chosen well--not just his singers but also his tempi: for example, "Must I My Acis Still Bemoan" is much slower than usual, and much more convincingly sad. We think of Christie as a French baroque specialist, but he shows a real feeling for Handel here. --Matthew Westphal


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