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The Faithul Shepherd

Catherine Bott explores music inspired by the famous 17th-century play Il Pastor Fido, featuring music by Handel, Monteverdi and Sigismondo d'India.

Giovanni Battista Guarini's Il Pastor Fido was one of the most famous plays of the 17th Century and 300 years ago London saw the premiere of Handel's Opera based on Guarini's text. However, Handel was far from the first to use this play as inspiration for his music. Il Pastor Fido had already sparked the imaginations of numerous composers. Catherine Bott explores the play and some of it's musical offsprings, including music by Monterverdi, Schütz and and Sigismondo d'India.

Handel's "Il Pastor Fido" is one of the featured works at this year's London Handel Festival which runs from 15th March to 24th April.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Il Pastor Fido: Overture (excerpt)

    Performers: La Nuova Musica, David Bates (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907585.86.
  • Luca Marenzio

    Quell'augin

    Performers: Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghanel (director)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • RD 77240.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    O Dolcezze

    Performers: Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghanel (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901686.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Selve Beate

    Performers: Consort of Musick, Anthony Rooley (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 1695272.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Cruda Amarilli; Ferrir quel petto, Silvio?

    Performers: La Venexiana

    • GLOSSA.
    • GCD 920925.
  • Giaches de Wert

    O Primavera, gioventu de l'anno

    Performers: Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghanel (director)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • RD 77240.
  • Nicolas Chédeville

    Sonata No 6 in G minor

    Performers: Irena Grafenauer (flute), Brigite Engelhard (harpsichord), Berlin Philharmonic Duo

    • PHILIPS.
    • 432 1382.
  • Sigismondo d’India

    Se tu Silvio crudel

    Performers: Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis (director)

    • SYMPHONIA.
    • SY 93S25.
  • Marco da Gagliano

    Cingetemi d'intorno;

    Performers: Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghanel (director)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • RD 77240.
  • Ruggiero Giovannelli

    Ah dolente partita

    Performers: Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghanel (director)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • RD 77240.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Final chorus

    Performers: La Nuova Musica, David Bates (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907585.86.

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