The different settings of Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” (see V 2, 6 and 10) are exciting. He first turned his attention to this mythological subject from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” during his time in Italy. He composed this serenade in Italian for three vocal soloists in 1708 for the marriage of the Duca d’Alvito in Naples. It centres, as everyone knows, on the love story between the shepherd Acis and the water nymph Galatea, which is brought to an end by the cyclops Polyphemus. One of the most beautiful works he wrote in Italy and an unrivalled masterpiece of its kind, it will be performed by tremendous soloists and the original instrument ensemble Collegium Cartusianum, conducted by Peter Neumann, who with their Handel interpretations have created a sensation on many an occasion. For example, Early Music expert Bernhard Morbach, speaking on RBB Kulturradio, once stated of their recording of Handel’s “Brockes Passion” that they had set “a new standard” for Handel interpretations. And of the recording of “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” Robert Strobel wrote in Toccata magazine: “The entire recording breathes the utmost musicality and for me is one of the most beautiful of this work by Handel”.