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Il pastor fido, HWV8

1712, revised in 1734
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It is plausible that the unusually long six-movement overture to the London opera Il pastor fido might have originated as an independent orchestral suite written for the Hanover court written in 1711–12 (i.e. the longest period Handel spent in Hanover, between his two trips to England). It comprises a superb French-style overture followed by five contrasting movements, and no other overture for any of Handel’s operas (and oratorios) for London is so elaborate and extended. The eighteenth-century music historian Charles Burney praised it as ‘one of the most masterly and pleasing of the kind’. There is an elegant flow between finely crafted fast and quick movements, and the music contains plenty of prominent woodwind writing: the gorgeous seven-part ‘Largo’ in F major has a trio of oboes and bassoon, and the plaintive ‘Adagio’ in D minor is a tender dialogue between solo oboe and violin (all elements similar to those we find in Apollo e Dafne).

from notes by David Vickers © 2016


Handel: Where'er you walk
Studio Master: SIGCD457Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Aria: Sol nel mezzo risona del core (Silvio)
Track 2 on SIGCD457 [3'51] Download only

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Aria: Sol nel mezzo risona del core (Silvio)
Recording date
18 September 2015
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, Tooting, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Mellor
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor & Claire Hay
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  1. Handel: Where'er you walk (SIGCD457)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: May 2016
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