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Acis & Galatea

Dunedin Consort & Players
24 Jan. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Jan. 2009
  • Release Date: 24 Jan. 2009
  • Label: Linn Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Linn Records
  • Total Length: 1:35:04
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  • ASIN: B001V783JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,917 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Master Jacques on 15 Nov. 2008
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John Butt brushes away the cobwebs from Handel's beautiful pastorale, presenting a scholarly but by no means dusty version of the score as it would have been heard in its original pared-down, palatial setting at Cannons in 1718, with the 5 soloists providing the choruses and a small but select group of instrumentalists.

The results are utterly enchanting, with lively, bright-eyed tempi (Handel's wonderful bass lines swing along with fabulous impetus!) and a pristine freshness which makes me for one feel I am hearing this masterpiece for the first time.

There is an outstanding Polyphemus from Matthew Brook, perfectly encapsulating the comic pathos and threat of the lumbering giant (and quite beautifully enunciated too!) and stylish performances from the other four soloists.

But above all, this sounds like a real team effort, delivered with enormous love and enthusiasm as well as baroque expertise. Given recording of Linn's demonstration standards, how can anyone resist this lovely set? It has given me as enormous pleasure - as much as any of the many versions of "Acis" that I've been lucky enough to hear over the years.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caddie on 26 Jan. 2009
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This performance of a work which is now performed only relatively rarely demonstrates the continuing excellence of the Dunedin Consort and Players and, in particular, the remarkable feel which John Butt has for baroque music. Tempos and the plangency of the sound of this small band of players is absolutely in the idiom of the authentic instrument tradition but his extraordinary subtle variation in tempo, dynamics and emphasis bring this alive in a way no one has equalled amongst existing performances available on CD. The band handles all the demands with clear relish and the chamber-style accompaniment to the various solo parts shows woodwind playing at its finest.

Of course, none of this matters were it not for the consistently enjoyable and stylish singing from these relatively young, but exceptionally fine, soloists. Susan Hamilton, as Galatea, sings beautifully and handles the baroque ornamentation with aplomb; Nicholas Mulroy, as Acis, uses perhaps a little more vibrato than the role needs but is never less than accomplished. Matthew Brook is an indisputably distinguished singer, using his remarkable technique and beautiful tone to wonderful effect in the comic aria whilst also managing to invoke some real empathy for this comic-book villain. Thomas Hobbs, tenor, as Damon, is quite a find with his glowing, golden tone and interpretative skill and Nicholas Hurndall Smith acquits himself capably with his modest part.

It is the ensembles or 'choruses' where this fine singing makes the most visceral impact; breathtaking tonal quality is matched by the punchiest of rhythms and is allied to a sensitive and nuanced interpretation of the emotional undertones which are the hallmark of this work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NHC UK on 17 Aug. 2009
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This is a sublime recording. Orchestra and soloists are superb. Recommended as the best recording of the work by BBC Radio 3. A real treat for Handel fanciers.
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Handel's Acis and Galatea has always been a knock-out: it's the only one of his operas never to have gone out of the repertoire. But the Dunedin Consort's fresh and sparkling version of it goes a long way towards explaining the work's perennial appeal. The vocal performances are crisp and clear, the orchestral support is authentic and very musical and the recording is absolutely spot on. Brilliant all round performance.
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