Handel: Il Pastor Fido

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Fresh from his triumph with the opera "Rinaldo" in 1711, George Frideric Handel offered the rather odd pastoral tale "Il pastor fido" The Faithful Shepherd as a follow-up the next year. The opera bombed, and he later substantially revised it, substituting many of the arias with known hits and regularizing the opera's contours a good deal. One can understand what contemporary audiences disliked in the work, which doesn't even get underway until after a massive six-part overture and has a pretty flaky plot once it does. Recordings of this 1712 version are rare, and yet one can understand why the new historical-performance group La Nuova Musica and its conductor David Bates ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Fresh from his triumph with the opera "Rinaldo" in 1711, George Frideric Handel offered the rather odd pastoral tale "Il pastor fido" The Faithful Shepherd as a follow-up the next year. The opera bombed, and he later substantially revised it, substituting many of the arias with known hits and regularizing the opera's contours a good deal. One can understand what contemporary audiences disliked in the work, which doesn't even get underway until after a massive six-part overture and has a pretty flaky plot once it does. Recordings of this 1712 version are rare, and yet one can understand why the new historical-performance group La Nuova Musica and its conductor David Bates were drawn to it: it's a curious work with all kinds of illustrative effects heard few other places in Handel's output, and some very fancy vocal writing that requires the lead singers to balance calm pastoral tunes against extreme athletics, all in a modest, chamber-like framework. Bates sets the dimensions of that framework effectively with his small orchestra of 18 players, bringing out the details hidden in the oboe, recorder, and bassoon parts. He keeps the continuo group quiet, a contrast with the usual percussively banging continuo parts; it works well in this modest work. All this leaves room for the singers, who aren't tremendously expressive but are equal to anything Handel throws at them, and that's saying a lot. You might or might not enjoy the strenuous passagework of the arias here, but there's an X factor working in the recording's favor: the whole thing hangs together nicely, and that is to Bates' credit. Recommended for Handel enthusiasts despite over-resonant church sound from Harmonia Mundi that is at odds with the spirit of the performance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046758523
  • Catalog Number: 907585
  • Sales rank: 137,631

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Disc 1
  1. 1–59 Il Pastor Fido, opera, HWV 8a - George Frideric Handel & Nicolas Poussin (144:37)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byDavid Bates
    Performed byLucy Crowe, Simon Wall, Anna Dennis, Katherine Manley, La Nuova Musica, David Bates, Clint Van der Linde, Jonathan Sells, Madeleine Shaw, Helen Jane Howells
    1. 1Overture [Part 1]
    2. 2Overture [Part 2]
    3. 3Overture [Part 3]
    4. 4Overture [Part 4]
    5. 5Overture [Part 5]
    6. 6Overture [Part 6]
    7. 7Act 1. Aria. Fato crudo, Amor severo
    8. 8Act 1. Recitativo. Ah, nè, sia pur pietosa
    9. 9Act 1. Aria. Angellotti, ruscelletti
    10. 10Act 1. Recitativo. Ah! infelice mia patria
    11. 11Act 1. Recitativo. Son di Mirtillo!
    12. 12Act 1. Aria. Son come navicella
    13. 13Act 1. Recitativo. Come viver poss'io
    14. 14Act 1. Recitativo. Ferma, Mirtillo!
    15. 15Act 1. Aria. Lontan del mio tesoro
    16. 16Act 1. Recitativo. Ah! che sperar mi resta
    17. 17Act 1. Aria. Di goder il bel ch'adoro
    18. 18Act 1. Aria. Casta Dea, a te divoto
    19. 19Act 1. Recitativo. Tu sola, oh bella Diva
    20. 20Act 1. Aria. Mi lasci, mi fuggi
    21. 21Act 1. Recitativo. Cintia, mia casta Dea
    22. 22Act 1. Aria. Non vo' legarmi il cor
    23. 23Act 2. Recitativo. E ancor non giunge Eurilla
    24. 24Act 2. Aria. Caro Amor, sol per momenti
    25. 25Act 2. Aria. Occhi belli, voi sol siete
    26. 26Act 2. Recitativo. E chi tenta rapirmi il bel tesoro?
    27. 27Act 2. Aria. Allor che sorge astro lucente
    28. 28Act 2. Recitativo. "Mi fian cari i tuoi voti..."
    29. 29Act 2. Recitativo. Mia diletta, che pensi?
    30. 30Act 2. Aria. Finte labbra! stelle ingrate!
    31. 31Act 2. Recitativo. Vanne lungi da me!
    32. 32Act 2. Aria. Sol nel mezzo risuona del core
    33. 33Act 2. Recitativo. Dorinda, ove hai tu poste le tue speranze?
    34. 34Act 2. Aria. Se in ombre nascosto ritira
    35. 35Act 2. Recitativo. Ed è pur ver
    36. 36Act 2. Aria. Nel mio core ritorna il contento
    37. 37Act 2. Recitativo. E tu stessa vedesti recar l'invito?
    38. 38Act 2. Aria. Nò! non basta a un infedele
    39. 39Act 2. Recitativo. Ah! tepido amator
    40. 40Act 2. Recitativo. Sù, sù, per mano altrui
    41. 41Act 2. Aria. Ritorna adesso Amor
    42. 42Act 3. Recitativo. Sventurato mio amore!
    43. 43Act 3. Aria. Ho un non sò che nel cor
    44. 44Act 3. Recitativo. Miei fidi, oggi v'accenda
    45. 45Act 3. Recitativo. Oh! dolce uscir di vita
    46. 46Act 3. Aria. Se m'ami, oh caro
    47. 47Act 3. Recitativo. Amor, se gloria stimi
    48. 48Act 3. Aria. Tu nel piagarmi il seno
    49. 49Act 3. Aria. D'allor trionfante si cinga
    50. 50Act 3. Recitativo. Già Amarilli fù colta
    51. 51Act 3. Recitativo. Grazie agli Dei, mio caro
    52. 52Act 3. Aria. Secondaste al fine, oh stelle
    53. 53Act 3. Sinfonia / Oh! Mirtillo, Mirtillo!
    54. 54Act 3. Recitativo. Sciogliete quelle mani!
    55. 55Act 3. Duetto. Per te, mio dolce bene
    56. 56Act 3. Sinfonia
    57. 57Act 3. Aria. Risonar mi sento al core
    58. 58Act 3. Recitativo. E ti stringo, mio ben!
    59. 59Act 3. Coro. Quel ch'il Cielo già prefisse
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