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Classical - Released February 10, 2008 | Passacaille

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Archiv Produktion

Booklet Distinctions Diamant d'Opéra Magazine
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Classical - Released June 19, 2006 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released September 27, 2012 | Challenge Classics

Hi-Res Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Prise de son d'exception
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Sacred Oratorios - Released April 27, 2018 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 1, 2018 | Chandos

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This isn't an opera, strictly speaking; this Acis and Galatea by Handel, most likely dating from 1718, is much more a part of the very English genre of the "masque", or pastoral divertimento. That said, its hour-and-a-half running time is redolent of a lot of operas... It seems that Handel wrote it for a rich private patron, in those politically turbulent days when the Royal Theatre had more bad days than good; James Brydge, the count of Carnarvon, had assembled a little troupe of singers and musicians at his manor, as well as a choir, which allowed him to offer purely private musical entertainments of high quality. Of course, the work is sung in English; the orchestration, which is very original, calls for inter alia a soprano recorder for the songbirds; and it unfurls a number of theatrical "tricks" to highlight the personalities of the various characters. Twenty years later, Handel would revise his work for public performances in London, but this is a recording of the 1718 original. Elegance, sensuality, a strong dose of humour in spite of the often-sombre subject matter: this is the best of Handel, and it should be noted that the composer used almost none of his normal "recycling": apart from an aria, all the music here is original, and was not re-used in any other works. Acis and Galatea was one of Handel's most-performed works in his own lifetime, which rather prevented him from re-using any of the tunes too often, as he might have been able to do with a lesser-known piece. The Early Opera Company conducted by Christian Curnyn proves here that private lyrical enterprises, supported by crowdfunding and generous subscriptions from patrons have got a long and happy future ahead of them still. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Brilliant Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released September 3, 2013 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | VIVAT

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Classical - Released March 31, 2014 | naïve classique

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Sacred Oratorios - Released March 1, 2011 | BIS

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Classical - Released February 6, 2008 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released May 2, 2011 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released April 5, 2013 | harmonia mundi

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released February 9, 2018 | Ëvoe Music

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Classical - Released April 20, 2018 | Pinchgut Live

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Classical - Released April 10, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 25, 2010 | Genius of Classical Music

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Archiv Produktion

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Classical - Released November 24, 2008 | L'Oiseau Lyre CD