Handel - Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (Charles Medlam)
Classical | EAC | Flac(Image)+Cue, Logs, Scans | 492.02 MB
CD1:63’11; CD2:42’59 | March 10, 1998 | Harmonia Mundi
This is not the English masque _Acis and Galathea_ but an earlier effort on the same story composed during the composer's youthful tour of Italy, described as a "serenade for three voices." It is deliciously scored, a perfect gem. All the parts work well–duets, ensembles, solos, and recitatives. It doesn't hold the stature of his later oratorio and operatic output, but it deserves equal renown for its pleasures are indisputable. With such refined yet expressive singing, you won't be disappointed to hear, in earlier guises, passages more familiar from Rinaldo and elsewhere.