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Acis and Galatea

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

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Handel's Acis and Galatea, short and sweet, has been among his most enduringly popular works. Part of its fascination resides in its generic ambiguity: it may be classified as an oratorio (although its choral elements are sparse), a serenade, a masque, a pastoral, or, perhaps most accurately by Handel himself as "a little opera." The story involves a shepherd, Acis, a kind of goddess-nymph, Galatea, and a rude giant, Polyphemus, who is jealous of the love of Acis and Galatea (spoiler: Acis is killed and ends up as a fountain). The music hits the pastoral mood from the very start with the subdominant harmonies and fetching suspensions of the Sinfonia. The work has been expanded in several dimensions, including by Handel himself over the decades and centuries, but the original 1718 version of the work, the one heard here, is perhaps preferable: the mix of fun and light tragedy in the work comes through most clearly. Likewise, although the opera has been done plenty of times by full-on operatic voices, and listeners may fondly remember the version with Peter Pears and Joan Sutherland from the 1950s, the smaller-scale singing of Jeremy Budd and Grace Davidson is attractive indeed, and the one-voice-per-part chorus reflects the circumstances of the work's original performance. Sample Davidson's charmingly injured "Must I my Acis still bemoan." An altogether delightful version of this familiar Handel work.
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1
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Sinfonia
00:03:20

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

2
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: O, The Pleasure Of The Plains! (Chorus)
00:05:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

3
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Ye Verdant Plains (Galatea)
00:00:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

4
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Hush, Ye Pretty Warbling Quire! (Galatea)
00:06:11

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

5
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Where Shall I Seek The Charming Fair? (Acis)
00:03:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

6
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Stay, Shepherd, Stay! - Shepherd, What Art Thou Pursuing? (Damon)
00:04:41

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

7
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Lo, Here My Love - Love In Her Eyes Sits Playing (Acis)
00:06:20

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

8
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Oh, Didst Thou Know The Pains - As When The Dove (Galatea)
00:05:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

9
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act I: Happy We! (Galatea, Acis)
00:02:51

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

DISC 2

1
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Wretched Lovers! (Chorus)
00:04:05

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

2
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: I Rage — I Melt — I Burn! (Polyphemus)
00:01:13

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

3
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: O Ruddier Than The Cherry (Polyphemus)
00:03:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

4
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Whither, Fairest (Polyphemus, Galatea)
00:01:02

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

5
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Cease To Beauty To Be Suing (Polyphemus)
00:05:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

6
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Would You Gain The Tender Creature (Coridon)
00:04:57

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

7
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: His Hideous Love - Love Sounds Th'alarm (Acis)
00:04:51

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

8
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Consider, Fond Shepherd (Damon)
00:06:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

9
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Cease, Oh Cease (Galatea)
00:00:25

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

10
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: The Flocks Shall Leave The Mountains (Galatea, Acis, Polyphemus)
00:02:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

11
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Help, Galatea! (Acis)
00:01:16

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

12
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Mourn, All Ye Muses! (Chorus)
00:03:11

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

13
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Must I My Acis Still Bemoan - 'Tis Done! (Galatea, Chorus)
00:04:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

14
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Heart, The Seat Of Soft Delight (Galatea)
00:03:48

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

15
Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Act II: Galatea, Dry Thy Tears (Chorus)
00:03:11

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Grace Davidson, MainArtist - The Sixteen, Orchestra, Ensemble, MainArtist - Harry Christophers, Conductor, MainArtist - Jeremy Budd, MainArtist - Mark Dobell, MainArtist - Simon Berridge, MainArtist - Stuart Young, MainArtist

(C) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd (P) 2019 The Sixteen Productions Ltd

Album Description

Handel's Acis and Galatea, short and sweet, has been among his most enduringly popular works. Part of its fascination resides in its generic ambiguity: it may be classified as an oratorio (although its choral elements are sparse), a serenade, a masque, a pastoral, or, perhaps most accurately by Handel himself as "a little opera." The story involves a shepherd, Acis, a kind of goddess-nymph, Galatea, and a rude giant, Polyphemus, who is jealous of the love of Acis and Galatea (spoiler: Acis is killed and ends up as a fountain). The music hits the pastoral mood from the very start with the subdominant harmonies and fetching suspensions of the Sinfonia. The work has been expanded in several dimensions, including by Handel himself over the decades and centuries, but the original 1718 version of the work, the one heard here, is perhaps preferable: the mix of fun and light tragedy in the work comes through most clearly. Likewise, although the opera has been done plenty of times by full-on operatic voices, and listeners may fondly remember the version with Peter Pears and Joan Sutherland from the 1950s, the smaller-scale singing of Jeremy Budd and Grace Davidson is attractive indeed, and the one-voice-per-part chorus reflects the circumstances of the work's original performance. Sample Davidson's charmingly injured "Must I my Acis still bemoan." An altogether delightful version of this familiar Handel work.
© TiVo

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