Monday, October 10, 2011

NEAPOLITAN PASTORAL

Aci, Galatea & PolifemoSerenata a 3,1708: Neapolitan Pastoral at its most perfect.
A "Serenata a tre" for a ceremony, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo belongs, in fact, to the genre of the Baroque pastoral. It is a little one-act opera typical of the early 18th century Neapolitan musical theatre. In this field the young Handel, newly arrived from his native Saxony, proved himself to be a perfect genius: "dazzling orchestral effects, beribboned trumpets, bravura arias, all is a sheer delight to the ear" (J.F. Labie). Eight years before its English counterpart (Acis and Galatea) this one was already a triumph!

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