Handel: Acis and Galatea
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ONLY. UK RELEASE DATE: 1 FEBRUARY 2019*
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.
Jeremy Budd Acis
Grace Davidson Galatea
Stuart Young Polyphemus
Mark Dobell Damon
Simon Berridge Coridon
George Friderich Handel (1685-1795)
Acis and Galatea
*CD available to pre-order only. CDs ordered by Monday 28 January will be dispatched on this date, ahead of the UK release date of 1 February. Please note that we cannot guarantee international orders will be received by the release date.