Cannons Version, 1718
”Written in 1718 for the Duke of Chandos’ private theatre, Acis & Galatea tells the story of two lovers — the shepherd Acis and the water nymph Galatea — who must reckon with the anger of the jealous cyclops Polyphemus. A magician of the stage, Handel needs only modest means for his exquisite rendering of the pastoral world. Sung in English, this short opera’s melodic flow and inspired characterizations is one of Handel’s most successful scenic works. And, not surprisingly, it remained one of his most popular works throughout the 18th century
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