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Handel's Acis & Galatea - Dunedin Consort - SvD


25 February 2009
SvD
Lars Hedblad

1717-1718 verkade Händel som huskomponist hos James Brydges, earl av Carnarvon, senare hertig av Chandos. Vid dennes luxuösa lantsäte Cannons kunde han fritt experimentera med sitt kimponerande (Chandos-Anthems), och blåste bland annat nytt liv i pastoralgenren med Acis och Galatea.

Här dirigerar John Butt den ursprungliga (som han hävdar) uppförandversionen (1718) från Cannons. Den enkla handlingen tarvar inga långa recitative, och ibland följer ariorna direkt på varandra. Tidlösheten i det ursprungliga naturtillståndet speglas I Händels musik som utförs med fin känsla av ensemble, kör och solister. Av de senare faster man särskilt sig vid sopranen Susan Hamiltons sensibla teckning av nymfen Galatea.


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