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

    
      

 

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

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.



Disc 1

Handel, George Frideric
Gay, John, lyricist(s)

  Acis and Galatea, HWV 49
1.   Play with flash player Act I: Sinfonia 00:03:44
2.   Play with flash player Act I: Oh, the pleasures of the plain (Chorus, Acis, Galatea) 00:05:40
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Accompagnato: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains (Galatea) 00:00:49
4.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire (Galatea) 00:06:56
5.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Where shall I seek the charming fair (Acis) 00:03:01
6.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Stay, shepherd, stay (Damon) 00:00:24
7.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Shepherd, what art thou pursuing (Damon) 00:04:54
8.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Lo! here my love (Acis) 00:00:28
9.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Love in her eyes sits playing (Acis) 00:07:01
10.   Play with flash player Act I: Recitative: Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love (Galatea) 00:00:17
11.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: As when the dove laments (Galatea) 00:06:19
12.   Play with flash player Act I: Duet: Happy we! (Acis, Galatea, Chorus) 00:03:34


Disc 2

Handel, George Frideric
Gay, John, lyricist(s)

  Acis and Galatea, HWV 49
1.   Play with flash player Act II: Wretched lovers! Fate has passed (Chorus) 00:06:10
2.   Play with flash player Act II: Accompagnato: I rage, I melt, I burn (Polyphemus) 00:01:20
3.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: O ruddier than the cherry (Polyphemus) 00:03:27
4.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Whither, fairest, art thou running (Polyphemus, Galatea) 00:01:22
5.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Cease to beauty to be suing (Polyphemus) 00:05:37
6.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Would you gain the tender creature (Damon) 00:05:31
7.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: His hideous love provokes my rage (Acis) 00:00:30
8.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Love sounds th'alarm (Acis) 00:05:20
9.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Consider, fond shepherd (Damon) 00:05:23
10.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: Cease, oh cease, thou gentle youth (Galatea) 00:00:26
11.   Play with flash player Act II: Trio: The flocks shall leave the mountains (Acis, Galatea, Polyphemus) 00:03:01
12.   Play with flash player Act II: Accompagnato: Help, Galatea! Help, ye parent gods! (Acis) 00:01:11
13.   Play with flash player Act II: Mourn, all ye muses (Chorus) 00:05:54
14.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Must I my Acis still bemoan (Galatea, Chorus) 00:06:37
15.   Play with flash player Act II: Recitative: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine (Galatea) 00:00:19
16.   Play with flash player Act II: Aria: Heart, the seat of soft delight (Galatea) 00:03:50
17.   Play with flash player Act II: Galatea, dry thy tears (Chorus) 00:02:35

Total Playing Time: 01:41:40




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