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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 

Sound Samples

Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Sinfonia
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Oh, the pleasures of the plain (Chorus, Acis, Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Accompagnato: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Aria: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Aria: Where shall I seek the charming fair (Acis)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Recitative: Stay, shepherd, stay (Damon)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Aria: Shepherd, what art thou pursuing (Damon)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Recitative: Lo! here my love (Acis)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Aria: Love in her eyes sits playing (Acis)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Recitative: Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Aria: As when the dove laments (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act I: Duet: Happy we! (Acis, Galatea, Chorus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Wretched lovers! Fate has passed (Chorus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Accompagnato: I rage, I melt, I burn (Polyphemus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: O ruddier than the cherry (Polyphemus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Recitative: Whither, fairest, art thou running (Polyphemus, Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: Cease to beauty to be suing (Polyphemus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: Would you gain the tender creature (Damon)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Recitative: His hideous love provokes my rage (Acis)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: Love sounds th'alarm (Acis)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: Consider, fond shepherd (Damon)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Recitative: Cease, oh cease, thou gentle youth (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Trio: The flocks shall leave the mountains (Acis, Galatea, Polyphemus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Accompagnato: Help, Galatea! Help, ye parent gods! (Acis)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Mourn, all ye muses (Chorus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: Must I my Acis still bemoan (Galatea, Chorus)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Recitative: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Aria: Heart, the seat of soft delight (Galatea)
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Act II: Galatea, dry thy tears (Chorus)

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