Notes & Reviews:
The innovative Baroque style that served as the primary livelihood in establishing Les Arts Florissants' impeccable reputation is portrayed again in this release of Handel's Acis and Galatea. Conducted by the ensemble's founder, William Christie, Gramophone notes that his new version is "a polished and strongly characterized performance, finely recorded", being the first recording anyone should try.
Christie's new version... is a polished and strongly characterized performance, finely recorded, and is certainly the first I would urge anyone to try.
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