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Handel: Acis and Galatea (the original chamber version of 1718) / Aaron Sheehan, Teresa Wakim, Douglas Williams, Jason McStoots, Zachary Wilder. Boston Early Music Festival

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  1. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Sinfonia $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Oh, the Pleasures of the Plain $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Ye Verdant Plains $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Hush, Ye Pretty Warbling Quire $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Where Shall I Seek the Charming Fair $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Stay, Shepherd, Stay $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Shepherd, What Art Thou Pursuing $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Lo! Here My Love $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Love in Her Eyes Sits Playing $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Oh! Didst Thou Know the Pains of Absent Love $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: As When the Dove $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act I: Happy We! $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Wretched Lovers $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: I Rage! $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: O Ruddier Than the Cherry $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Whither, Fairest, Art Thou Running $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Cease to Beauty to Be Suing $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Would You Gain the Tender Creature $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: His Hideous Love $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Consider, Fond Shepherd $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Cease, Oh Cease, Thou Gentle Youth $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: The Flocks Shall Leave $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Help, Galatea $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Mourn, All Ye Muses $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Must I My Acis Still Bemoan $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Heart, the Seat of Soft Delight $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Acis and Galatea, HWV 49, Act II: Galatea, Dry Thy Tears $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Handel — Sarei troppo felice, HWV 157: Sarei troppo felice $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Handel — Sarei troppo felice, HWV 157: Se al pensier dar mai potrò $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Handel — Sarei troppo felice, HWV 157: Clori, schernita Clori $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Handel — Sarei troppo felice, HWV 157: Giusto ciel se non ho sorte $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Handel — Sarei troppo felice, HWV 157: Ah! Che un cieco ho per guida $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel)
>Handel, George Frideric : Sarei troppo felice, cantata for soprano, HWV 157 (fragment)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

CPO's previous release with the soloists and ensembles of the Boston Early Music Festival was awarded two prestigious prizes. The recording of Charpentier's opera La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs received the Grammy Award for the Best Opera Production in February 2015 and recently won the Klassik-Echo 2015, again for the Best Opera Recording of the Year. Prior to this double success, other productions by cpo and BEMF had been nominated for Gramophone Awards. In the category of the Best Opera Production these were Ariadne by Johann Georg Conradi and Thésée and Psyché by Jean-Baptiste Lully. In addition, Thésée and Psyché received nominations in the category honoring Baroque Vocal Works. Now the American ensemble has joined forces with successful soloists like Aaron Sheehan and Teresa Wakim for our production of Handel's opera Acis and Galatea in the version of 1718, which was composed for the landed estate of the Earl of Carnarvon and does not recycle music from the earlier version. 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.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The pacing of the performance is propulsive but apt. Whereas Butt's performance runs 95 minutes, spread over two discs, this one proves to be one minute longer. But it is supplemented by a bonus: the early cantata from Handel's Italian period, Sarei Troppo Felice, one of those many Arcadian laments about betrayed love. It is affectingly sung by Forsythe (who, by the way, is slipped in as an added soprano in the Acis choruses here.) As of today, the clear competition in Acis is between the recordings of King, Butt, and this new one. Any one of them is superb, and this CPO contender can be warmly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sendesaal, Bremen (06/27/2013-07/01/2013).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : As When the Dove Laments Her Love (Handel)
  • Conductor: Stephen Stubbs
  • Ensemble: Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Sendesaal, Bremen (06/27/2013-07/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 87 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Sarei troppo felice, cantata for soprano, HWV 157 (fragment)
  • Performer: Amanda Forsythe (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Sendesaal, Bremen (06/27/2013-07/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio