Handel: Acis & Galatea

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zoran Minderovic
Composed in 1718, Handel's "Acis & Galatea" is based on a Greek love story retold in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Acis loves Galatea, a sea nymph, incurring the wrath of a powerful rival, the Cyclops Polyphemus. Polyphemus kills Acis and the young man is turned into a river.What makes this particular performance interesting is the effort to attain the elusive ideal of authenticity. As Stanley Sadie pointed out in the liner notes, conductor John Eliot Gardiner has come quite close to this ideal, for he not only creates the original instrumental sound, but also used the five vocal soloists for ensembles, just as Handel would have done since additional singers were not ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zoran Minderovic
Composed in 1718, Handel's "Acis & Galatea" is based on a Greek love story retold in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Acis loves Galatea, a sea nymph, incurring the wrath of a powerful rival, the Cyclops Polyphemus. Polyphemus kills Acis and the young man is turned into a river.What makes this particular performance interesting is the effort to attain the elusive ideal of authenticity. As Stanley Sadie pointed out in the liner notes, conductor John Eliot Gardiner has come quite close to this ideal, for he not only creates the original instrumental sound, but also used the five vocal soloists for ensembles, just as Handel would have done since additional singers were not available. Despite its tragic undertones, "Acis & Galatea" is a musical version of a pastoral, and the opening sinfonia beautifully conjures up the atmosphere of a pastoral world. While there is much charm in Handel's music, the listeners may discern a spirit of elegant, deliberate restraint, reflected in the pleasing transparence of the music. Like many Baroque renditions of mythological narratives, Handel's music is highly stylized, almost to the point of artificiality, and Gardiner's lightness of touch seems quite appropriate to the composer's fundamental musical conception of the story. Furthermore, while his clearly articulated tempos imbue the entire performance with an unmistakable structural clarity, Gardiner never fails to adapt his tempos to the narrative requirements of dramatic action. This flexibility is exemplified by Galatea's aria "Hush, Ye Pretty Warbling Quire!" -- in which the delicate accompaniment provides a generous context for the heroine's bittersweet song of love and longing. A similar sensitivity to dramatic context is evident in the performance of the chorus "Wretched Lovers! Fate Has Past," a delicate stylistic synthesis of opulent polyphonic writing, dramatic tension, and expressive balance.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • UPC: 028947422525
  • Catalog Number: 474225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–29 Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49 - English Baroque Soloists & George Frideric Handel (95:14)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously