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Handel - Acis and Galatea

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Handel - Acis and Galatea
Release Date: June 2018
Originally recorded in 2017
Solo Galatea - soprano
Lucy Crowe
Solo Acis - tenor
Allan Clayton
Solo Damon - tenor
Benjamin Hulett
Solo Polyphemus - bass-baritone
Neal Davies
Solo Coridon - tenor
Jeremy Budd
Solo Chorus Soprano
Rowan Pierce
Conductor
Christian Curnyn
Producer
Rachel Smith
Engineer
Jonathan Cooper
Engineer assistant
Rosanna Fish
Venue 14-17 November 2017
Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11
Genre:
Vocal & Song

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Handel - Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a (1718)

Pastoral entertainment in one act
Libretto probably co-authored by John Gay, Alexander Pope, and John Hughes
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Sinfonia. Presto
3:02
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Chorus: 'Oh, the pleasure of the plains!'
5:07
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Recitative, accompanied. Galatea: 'Ye verdant plains and woody mountains'
0:41
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Air. Galatea: 'Hush, ye pretty warbling choir!'. Andante
5:57
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[Air.] Acis: 'Where shall I seek the charming fair?'. Larghetto
2:50
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Recitative. Damon: 'Stay, shepherd, stay!'
0:21
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Air. Damon: 'Shepherd, what art thou pursuing?'. Andante
4:05
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Recitative. Acis: 'Lo, here my love, turn, Galatea, hither turn thy eye!'
0:21
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Air. Acis: 'Love in her eyes sits playing'. Larghetto
6:15
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Recitative. Galatea: 'Oh, didst thou know the pains of absent love'
0:13
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Air. Galatea: 'As when the dove'. Andante
5:53
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Duet. Acis and Galatea: 'Happy we!'. Presto
2:48
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Chorus: 'Wretched lovers! Fate has past'. A tempo ordinario
3:55
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Recitative, accompany'd. Polyphemus: 'I rage - I melt - I burn!'.
1:11
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Furioso - Adag[io] Furi[oso] - Adagaio e piano
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[Air.] Polyphemus: 'O ruddier than the cherry'. Allegro
2:51
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Recitative. Polyphemus: 'Whither, fairest, art thou running' with Galatea
1:01
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Air. Polyphemus: 'Cease to beauty to be suing'. Allegro e staccato
4:55
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Air. Coridon: 'Would you gain the tender creature'. Allegro
5:10
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Recitative. Acis: 'His hideous love provokes my rage'
0:19
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Air. Acis: 'Love sounds th' alarm'. Allegro
4:15
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Air. Damon: 'Consider, fond shepherd'. Larghetto
6:53
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Recitative. Galatea: 'Cease, oh cease, thou gentle youth'
0:26
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[Trio.] Acis and Galatea: 'The flocks shall leave the mountains'.
2:13
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Andante e staccato with Polyphemus
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Recitative, accompany'd. Acis: 'Help, Galatea! Help, ye parent gods!'
1:17
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Chorus: 'Mourn, all ye muses! Weep, all ye swains!'.
3:01
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Adagio ma non troppo
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Solo and Chorus. Galatea: 'Must I my Acis still bemoan'.
4:25
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Adagio with Chorus
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Recitative. Galatea: 'Tis done! Thus I exert my pow'r Divine'
0:25
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Air. Galatea: 'Heart, the sea of soft delight'. Larghetto
3:42
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Chorus: 'Galatea, dry thy tears'
3:04
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Total time: 86:36
Solo: Lucy Crowe Galatea - soprano
Solo: Allan Clayton Acis - tenor
Solo: Benjamin Hulett Damon - tenor
Solo: Neal Davies Polyphemus - bass-baritone
Solo: Jeremy Budd Coridon - tenor
Solo: Rowan Pierce Chorus Soprano
Orchestra: Early Opera Company
Conductor: Christian Curnyn

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