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Handel: Il Pastor Fido - Anna Dennis (soprano); Clint Van der Linde (counter tenor); Helen Jane Howells (soprano); Jonathan Sells (bass);...
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  1. Il Pastor Fido, opera, HWV 8a

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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