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Handel - Acis and Galatea · Look down, harmonious saint / McFadden · Ainsley · Covey-Crump · George · The King's Consort · King [Import]

George Frideric Handel , Robert King , Claron McFadden , John Mark Ainsley , The King's Consort , Rogers Covey-Crump , Michael George , Robert Harre-Jones Audio CD
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  • Performer: George Frideric Handel, Robert King, Claron McFadden, John Mark Ainsley, The King's Consort, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZMA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Acis And Galatea: Sinfonia
2. Acis And Galatea: Chorus
3. Acis And Galatea: Accompagnato
4. Acis And Galatea: Air
5. Acis And Galatea: Air
6. Acis And Galatea: Recitative
7. Acis And Galatea: Air Damon
8. Acis And Galatea: Recitative Acis
9. Acis And Galatea: Air Acis
10. Acis And Galatea: OhRecitative Galatea
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Acis And Galatea: Chorus
2. Acis And Galatea: Accompagnato
3. Acis And Galatea: Air
4. Acis And Galatea: Recitative
5. Acis And Galatea: Air
6. Acis And Galatea: Air
7. Acis And Galatea: Recitative
8. Acis And Galatea: Air
9. Acis And Galatea: Air
10. Acis And Galatea: Recitative
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music suggests springtime and young love. There's humor, too: Polyphemus--so big, so dumb, so pleased with himself-- is a comic baritone's dream. George doesn't capture all of the role's humor, but he is vocally well-cast. McFadden sometimes pushes her voice into a wobble, but her Galatea is appealing and sweetly sung. Best are Covey-Crump's graceful Damon (the voice of reason) and Ainsley's youthful, high-spirited Acis. (Ainsley also sings the slight but attractive "Look down.") The ensemble numbers are delightful, and Robert King brings the entire thing off splendidly. --Matthew Westphal

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Handel October 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a funny and deeply moving version of one of Handel's finest works wonderfully conducted by the great Robert King. The story is simple yet clever, and the music is complex yet unpretentious. The orchestra and chorus are truly exceptional, both in the big brassy numbers and in the slower, more intimate moments.
The singers are also great. Claron McFadden is a sweet, moving, perfect Galatea; Rogers Covey-Crump is a clever and knowing Damon (Consider, Fond Shepherd is one of the highlights); and Michael George is a funny and silly, yet somewhat poignat, Polyphemus. And I feel a very special mention must be made of John Mark Ainsley's performance, he manages to bring a depth and complexity to a rather simple character that makes his Acis the best I've ever heard.
Glorious, essential Handel.
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