Handel: Acis and Galatea & Look down, harmonious saint
Rogers Covey-Crump : discography


Hyperion CDA66361/2

Recorded at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, on 10, 11, 12, 13 July 1989

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Handel: Acis and Galatea & Look down, harmonious saint

The King's Consort - Robert King


Contents:

CD 1
Acis and Galatea
Part One
 1.  Sinfonia [3:13] 
 2.  Chorus: Oh, the pleasure of the plains! [5:48] 
 3.  Accompagnato - Galatea: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains [0:48] 
 4.  Air - Galatea: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire! [6:04] 
 5.  Air - Acis: Where shall I seek the charming fair? [3:18] 
 6.  Recitative - Damon: Stay, shepherd, stay! [0:22] 
 7.  Air - Damon: Shepherd, what art thou pursuing? [4:42] 
 8.  Recitative - Acis: Lo! here my love [0:24] 
 9.  Air - Acis: Love in her eyes sits playing [7:48] 
 10.  Recitative - Galatea: Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love [0:18] 
 11.  Air - Galatea: As when the dove [6:28] 
 12.  Duet - Galatea / Acis: Happy we! [2:46] 

CD 2
Part Two
 1.  Chorus: Wretched lovers! [3:56] 
 2.  Accompagnato - Polyphemus: I rage, I melt, I burn! [1:14] 
 3.  Air - Polyphemus: O ruddier than cherry [3:11] 
 4.  Recitatice - Polyphemus: Whither, fairest, art thou running [0:56] 
 5.  Air - Polyphemus: Cease to beauty to be suing [5:32] 
 6.  Air - Damon: Would you gain the tender creature [5:49] 
 7.  Recitative - Acis: His hideous love provokes my rage [0:21] 
 8.  Air - Acis: Love sounds th' alarm [5:00] 
 9.  Air - Damon: Consider, fond shepherd [6:21] 
 10.  Recitative - Galatea: Cease, O cease, thou gentle youth [0:26] 
 11.  Trio - Galatea / Acis: The flocks shall leave the mountains [2:30] 
 12.  Accompagnato - Acis: Help, Galatea! Help, ye parent gods! [1:08] 
 13.  Chorus: Mourn, all ye muses! [3:05] 
 14.  Chorus - Galatea: Must I my Acis still bemoan [4:11] 
 15.  Recitative - Galatea: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine [0:25] 
 16.  Air - Galatea: Heart, the seat of soft delight [4:02] 
 17.  Chorus: Galatea, dry thy tears [3:15] 

 18.  Look down, harmonious saint [11:56] 


Performers:

Galatea CLARON McFADDEN soprano
Acis JOHN MARK AINSLEY tenor
Damon ROGERS COVEY-CRUMP tenor
Polyphemus MICHAEL GEORGE bass
Chorus ROBERT HARRE-JONES alto
THE KING'S CONSORT
ROBERT KING director


Reviews:

'An unfailingly delightful work, beautifully performed and recorded' (Gramophone)

'Une des plus délicieuses partitions du XVIII Siècle' (L'Avant Scene Opera, France)

'A first-class Handel release' (American Record Guide)

'McFadden is a loving Galatea, Ainsley a charming Acis, and Covey-Crump a finely polished Damon. Michael George is magnificent - a nimble but ferocious Polyphemus whose every note is absolutely centred' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)