Stephen Stubbs - Handel Acis and Galatea, HWV 49
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 106:59 min | 634 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 34 | Rls.date: 2016
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.