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HANDEL, G.F.: Acis and Galatea (Kotoski, Gordon, Siebert, Opalach, Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz)

Composer(s)Handel, George Frideric
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.572745-46
Label / Series Naxos / Seattle Symphony Collection
Quality   320kbps
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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.

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HANDEL, G.F.: Acis and Galatea (Kotoski, Gordon, Siebert, Opalach, Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz) 1:41:40   
  Acis and Galatea, HWV 49          
      Act I: Sinfonia 3:44       
      Act I: Oh, the pleasures of the plain (Chorus, Acis, Galatea) 5:40       
      Act I: Accompagnato: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains (Galatea) 0:49       
      Act I: Aria: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire (Galatea) 6:56       
      Act I: Aria: Where shall I seek the charming fair (Acis) 3:01       
      Act I: Recitative: Stay, shepherd, stay (Damon) 0:24       
      Act I: Aria: Shepherd, what art thou pursuing (Damon) 4:54       
      Act I: Recitative: Lo! here my love (Acis) 0:28       
      Act I: Aria: Love in her eyes sits playing (Acis) 7:01       
      Act I: Recitative: Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love (Galatea) 0:17       
      Act I: Aria: As when the dove laments (Galatea) 6:19       
      Act I: Duet: Happy we! (Acis, Galatea, Chorus) 3:34       
  Acis and Galatea, HWV 49          
      Act II: Wretched lovers! Fate has passed (Chorus) 6:10       
      Act II: Accompagnato: I rage, I melt, I burn (Polyphemus) 1:20       
      Act II: Aria: O ruddier than the cherry (Polyphemus) 3:27       
      Act II: Recitative: Whither, fairest, art thou running (Polyphemus, Galatea) 1:22       
      Act II: Aria: Cease to beauty to be suing (Polyphemus) 5:37       
      Act II: Aria: Would you gain the tender creature (Damon) 5:31       
      Act II: Recitative: His hideous love provokes my rage (Acis) 0:30       
      Act II: Aria: Love sounds th'alarm (Acis) 5:20       
      Act II: Aria: Consider, fond shepherd (Damon) 5:23       
      Act II: Recitative: Cease, oh cease, thou gentle youth (Galatea) 0:26       
      Act II: Trio: The flocks shall leave the mountains (Acis, Galatea, Polyphemus) 3:01       
      Act II: Accompagnato: Help, Galatea! Help, ye parent gods! (Acis) 1:11       
      Act II: Mourn, all ye muses (Chorus) 5:54       
      Act II: Aria: Must I my Acis still bemoan (Galatea, Chorus) 6:37       
      Act II: Recitative: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine (Galatea) 0:19       
      Act II: Aria: Heart, the seat of soft delight (Galatea) 3:50       
      Act II: Galatea, dry thy tears (Chorus) 2:35       
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