GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Acis & Galatea (arr. Felix Mendelssohn [1809-1847]).
Catalogue Number: 03O023
Reference: NI 6201
Description: If you're familiar with any of Mendelssohn's other retouchings of earlier music, you'll know what to expect: additions of brass and winds (and timpani), wholesale changes here and there to Handel's original scoring, excision or abbreviation of da capo sections (helping cut the overall time to 76 minutes and fitting on one CD) and copious, written-out dynamic and phrasing markings. This recording does not use the German translation since Mendelssohn expected any of his works performed in England to be sung in English. Texts included. Jeni Bern (soprano), Benjamin Hulett, Nathan Vale (tenors), Brindley Sherratt (bass), Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, Oxford Philomusica; Stephen Darlington.