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Handel: Acis & Galatea; Messiah

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine (Messiah)
Behind everything lies the sensibility of Boult, who brings to the performance a spiritual conviction.

Gramophone Magazine (Acis and Galatea)
The cast selected for this recording is excellent, and each of the four principal singers possesses a telling dramatic style as well as a fine command of phrasing and timbre. Joan Sutherland is a perfect Galatea; her voice conveys magisterially that somewhat difficult ideal - not a simple country girl, but an eighteenth-century actress playing in a slightly sophisticated manner at being what she knows perfectly well she is not. [... ]crisp and incisive playing when it is needed, and pathos rich in sonority where the score and the sentiment demand it ... special praise must go to Thurston Dart's witty harpsichord continuo realisations, and Handel lovers of any vintage will probably enjoy Owen Brannigan's s bluff and swaggering Polyphemus.


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