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Handel: Acis And Galatea / Schwarz, Kotoski, Siebert, Opalach

Handel / Schwarz / Seattle Sym & Chorale / Kotoski
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572745   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Glenn SiebertDavid GordonDawn KotoskiJan Opalach
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony OrchestraSeattle Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 41 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 the two-act version of 1739 written principally by John Gay and graced by Handel’s exquisite music. 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 the two-act version of 1739 written principally by John Gay and graced by Handel’s exquisite music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Glenn Siebert (Tenor), David Gordon (Tenor), Dawn Kotoski (Soprano),
Jan Opalach (Bass)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Language: English 

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