HANDEL, G F Acis and Galatea. Aaron Sheehan, Teresa Wakim, Douglas Williams, Jason McStoots, Zachary Wilder, Amanda Forsythe, Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles / Paul ODette, Stephen Stubbs. CPO 2cds
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Acis and Galatea (the original chamber version of 1718); Sarei troppo felice
Aaron Sheehan, Teresa Wakim, Douglas Williams, Jason McStoots, Zachary Wilder, Amanda Forsythe (cantata)
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles / Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs
Both Acis and Galatea and the cantata Sarei troppo felice heard here represent decisive turning points in Handel’s career. The Italian cantata came at the beginning of the one and half decades spent by Handel in the service of various patrons. Acis and Galatea marks the highpoint of this phase and therefore, like the cantata before it, clearly renders recognizable the musical means available to him in the private ensembles of his employers. Moreover, Acis and Galatea contains the musical and textual seeds of the English oratorio, which after 1742 completely supplanted opera compositions.
CPO 2cds 7778772
|Release Period||January 2016|