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Handel: Aci, Galatea E Polifemo / Florio, Mingardo, Abete, Rosique

Handel / Mingardo / Cdp / Florio
Release Date: 05/24/2011 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 645/1-2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ruth RosiqueAntonio AbeteSara Mingardo
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella della Pietŕ de' Turchini
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Based on the well-know mythological story narrated by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, this is a classical tale of jealousy and love. The giant Polyphemus tries to force his attention on the fair sea-nymph Galatatea, who is in love with shepard Aci. When mad jealousy drives Polyphemus to kill his rival, Galatea, asks her father Nereus to turn Aci’s bood into a river so that, flowing into the sea, he will join her forevermore. It appears this serenade was composed for a marriage in the Neapolitan nobility to celebrate this wedding, Handel wrote this serenade for his new patrons. This is undoubtedly one of Handel’s masterpieces. Based on the well-know mythological story narrated by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, this is a classical tale of jealousy and love. The giant Polyphemus tries to force his attention on the fair sea-nymph Galatatea, who is in love with shepard Aci. When mad jealousy drives Polyphemus to kill his rival, Galatea, asks her father Nereus to turn Aci’s bood into a river so that, flowing into the sea, he will join her forevermore. It appears this serenade was composed for a marriage in the Neapolitan nobility to celebrate this wedding, Handel wrote this serenade for his new patrons. This is undoubtedly one of Handel’s masterpieces. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ruth Rosique (Soprano), Antonio Abete (Bass), Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  Antonio Florio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella della Pietŕ de' Turchini
Period: Baroque 

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