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Handel: Il Pastor Fido ()

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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. ...

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Handel: Il Pastor Fido
2012, Harmonia Mundi

UPC: 093046758523

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