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Handel - Acis and Galatea · Look down, harmonious saint / McFadden · Ainsley · Covey-Crump · George · The King's Consort · King
George Frideric Handel, Robert King, Claron McFadden
Handel - Acis and Galatea Look down, harmonious saint / McFadden Ainsley Covey-Crump George The King's Consort King
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2

Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music sug...  more »

      
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Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music suggests springtime and young love. There's humor, too: Polyphemus--so big, so dumb, so pleased with himself-- is a comic baritone's dream. George doesn't capture all of the role's humor, but he is vocally well-cast. McFadden sometimes pushes her voice into a wobble, but her Galatea is appealing and sweetly sung. Best are Covey-Crump's graceful Damon (the voice of reason) and Ainsley's youthful, high-spirited Acis. (Ainsley also sings the slight but attractive "Look down.") The ensemble numbers are delightful, and Robert King brings the entire thing off splendidly. --Matthew Westphal

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Glorious Handel
badric | 10/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a funny and deeply moving version of one of Handel's finest works wonderfully conducted by the great Robert King. The story is simple yet clever, and the music is complex yet unpretentious. The orchestra and chorus are truly exceptional, both in the big brassy numbers and in the slower, more intimate moments.The singers are also great. Claron McFadden is a sweet, moving, perfect Galatea; Rogers Covey-Crump is a clever and knowing Damon (Consider, Fond Shepherd is one of the highlights); and Michael George is a funny and silly, yet somewhat poignat, Polyphemus. And I feel a very special mention must be made of John Mark Ainsley's performance, he manages to bring a depth and complexity to a rather simple character that makes his Acis the best I've ever heard.Glorious, essential Handel."