Handel: Acis and Galatea. Album by The Sixteen
Famed for its interpretations of some of Handel’s most loved works, The Sixteen marks the start of its 40th anniversary season by releasing its first new Handel recording in five years.
Handel’s pastoral opera is a tale of love, tragedy and liberation. The libretto by John Gay, based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book XIII), tells of the eternal love between the mortal shepherd Acis and goddess Galatea and how it is doomed by the jealous cyclops Polyphemus.
Handel’s music beautifully demonstrates the pain and love in such beautiful, dramatic choruses as ‘Wretched lovers!’ and the grief felt by Galatea in ‘Must I my Acis still bemoan’.
Staying true to the premiere in 1718, just five singers and nine instrumentalists feature on this intimate recording.Gramophone Magazine's Podcast:James Jolly interviews Harry Christophers about The Sixteen's new recording of Handel's Acis and Galatea.
ArtistsJeremy Budd Acis
Grace Davidson Galatea
Stuart Young Polyphemus
Mark Dobell Damon
Simon Berridge Coridon
'Christophers uses stylish Handelians and "consort" singers who blend to perfection in this intimate "chamber" performance. The big success here is Stuart Young's rotund-sounding, menacing Polyphemus, but Grace Davidson's virginal Galatea gives immense pleasure.' The Sunday Times
'There is complete symbiosis between the characterful soloists, the rich and seamless continuo, and those tantalisingly whimsical instrumental obligatos that give scintillating illumination to such famous arias as "O Ruddier than the Cherry."' The Scotsman
Track ListingCDs 1-2
George Friderich Handel (1685-1795)
Acis and Galatea