Handel - Acis and Galatea | CPO 7778772

Handel - Acis and Galatea

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 7778772

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th January 2016

Contents

Artists

Aaron Sheehan (tenor)
Teresa Wakim (soprano)
Douglas Williams (bass baritone)
Jason McStoots (tenor)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Amanda Forsythe (soprano)
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles

Conductors

Paul O’Dette
Stephen Stubbs

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Acis and Galatea, HWV49a
Cantata HWV157, 'Sarei troppo felice'

Artists

Aaron Sheehan (tenor)
Teresa Wakim (soprano)
Douglas Williams (bass baritone)
Jason McStoots (tenor)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Amanda Forsythe (soprano)
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles

Conductors

Paul O’Dette
Stephen Stubbs

About

Both Acis and Galatea and the cantata Sarei troppo felice heard here represent decisive turning points in Handel’s career. The Italian cantata came at the beginning of the one and half decades spent by Handel in the service of various patrons. Acis and Galatea marks the highpoint of this phase and therefore, like the cantata before it, clearly renders recognizable the musical means available to him in the private ensembles of his employers. Moreover, Acis and Galatea contains the musical and textual seeds of the English oratorio, which after 1742 completely supplanted opera compositions.

The cantata is sung by Amanda Forsythe.

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