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A slight element of this invades the new Acis and Galatea from the Boston Early Music Festival. This is a recording of the original 1718 version, a one-act masque, before subsequent and generally unascertainable revisions tinkered with it. On the plus side it has charm, witty orchestration, some juicy rhymes (thanks to Pope, Gay and Hughes) and some grateful vocal lines. Less alluringly I find it tends to the twee, though many may dispute that. The Festival Ensembles, under conductors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, draw out as much detail and zest as possible. The Acis and Galatea, Aaron Sheehan and Teresa Wakim, are sweetly good, but Douglas Williams has more to sink his teeth into as the grotesque Polyphemus and duly does so.

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