Handel - Acis and Galatea | Naxos 857274546

Handel - Acis and Galatea

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 857274546

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th May 2012

Contents

Artists

Dawn Kotoski (soprano)
David Gordon (tenor)
Glenn Siebert (tenor)
Jan Opalach (bass)
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49

Artists

Dawn Kotoski (soprano)
David Gordon (tenor)
Glenn Siebert (tenor)
Jan Opalach (bass)
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Gerard Schwarz

About

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 this two-act version of 1739, written principally by John Gay and graced by Handel’s exquisite music.

Cast:
- Dawn Kotoski (Galatea)
- David Gordon (Acis)
- Glenn Siebert (Damon)
- Jan Opalach (Polyphemus)

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