domenica 23 novembre 2014

G.F.Handel - Acis and Galatea

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“A steady and lovely account, with Ainsley on top form.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009

“An unfailingly delightful work, beautifully performed and recorded” Gramophone Magazine

Acis & Galatea

Claron McFadden, soprano (Galatea)
John Mark Ainsley, tenor (Acis)
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor (Damon)
Michael George, bass (Polyphemus)

Look Down, Harmonious Saint, HWV 124 (*)
Robert Harre-Jones (alto)

The King's Consort
dir. Robert King

(*)The origins of the cantata Look down, harmonious saint are slightly uncertain, for it is thought that the work was originally intended to be part of Handel’s oratorio Alexander’s Feast, whose St Cecilia’s Day Ode in praise of music by Dryden was augmented by Newburgh Hamilton’s The Power of Music. Alexander’s Feast was first performed at Covent Garden in February 1736, but Look down, harmonious saint was not included. Instead it appeared in the cantata Cecilia, volgi un sguardo which was performed at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, in the same month. Whatever Handel’s original intentions and reasons, on its own Look down, harmonious saint happily forms a small cantata, with a da capo aria preceded by an accompanied recitative. In particular, the central section, ‘It charms the soul’, is given a ravishing setting, full of suspensions and rich harmonies, before the virtuoso opening Allegro returns.

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