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Complete Mozart Edition Vol 35 - Il Rè Pastore / Marriner


Release Date: 11/08/1991 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422535   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angela Maria BlasiSylvia McNairIris VermillionJerry Hadley,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Metastasio wrote it in the year of Mozart's birth, and Mozart created the opera 24 years later: II rè Pastore may seem an ideal subject for recording, as the staging in this 'serenata' written for the visit of the Archduke Maximilian Franz to Salzburg was apparently reduced to the minimum. Its inner action relics on the emotions of the pairs of lovers, courtly and rustic, as they are tossed this way and that by well or less well-meaning forces.

As they are tugged away from, only to return to, their respective social stations, Aminta (the Shepherd King) and Elisa and Agenore and Tamiri get through a rare number of highly varied and challenging arias between them and sensitive casting is essential.

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Read more Aminta, for example, there are the arias "Aer tranquillo" and "L'amerb, sarô costante" in which to acquit him/herself; for this was originally a castrato role. Angela Maria Blasi has the flair, but not quite the vocal flare for the role. Her "Aer tranquillo" is a warm, smiling performance, but breathy in coloratura, and only just secure on the highest notes. More brilliance is needed: she is, like it or not, not only a shepherd but ostensible heir to the throne of Sidon too. If Blasi fails quite to sing with a cor di re, within her own scale she offers a wide range of expression from despair to bewilderment and vulnerability.

Her Elisa, Sylvia McNair, is also somewhat soft-centred. The fiorilura with which she decorates her pastoral meadow is clear but not radiant; her cry of "Barbaro 0 Dio!" somewhat mildmannered. The same could certainly not be said of Iris Vermillion's Tamiri, a fiery princess fallen on hard times, who flings out phrases like spears into the heart of poor Agenore. He, in turn, is ardent and impassioned, if not the most elegant of voices. Claes Hakon Ahnsjö has just the strength of articulation, though, to vent his frustration and torment in robust recitative and in the broken phrases of "Sol pub di trova". Jerry Hadley's Alessandro is a forthright heroic King of Macedonia, and sensitive, too, to his role as Mozart's first great merciful king.

Although the casting may not be all one would want, John Constable's organization of the aria cadenzas, the lively dialogue and imaginative continuo, certainly raises the temperature of this performance. With Sir Neville Marriner's fleetfooted players, the plot is kept properly fast-moving, the accompanied recitatives as broadly expressive as they should be. The characters come and go, moving freely in their stereo pastoral: all that are missing are the sheep.

-- Gramophone [12/1991]
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Works on This Recording

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Il rè pastore, K 208 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angela Maria Blasi (Soprano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano),
Jerry Hadley (Tenor), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: Overtura
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Intendo amico rio"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Alla selva, al prato"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Compagne amene"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Ditelo voi pastori"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Aer tranquillo"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Perdono amici Dei"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Si spande al sole in faccia"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Agenore? T'arresta"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Per me rispondete"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "No: voi non siete, o Dei"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Di tante sue procelle"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Dove t'affretti, Elisa?"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Perdona Elisa"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Vanne, vanne a regnar ben mio"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Questa del campo greco"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Barbaro! oh Dio mi vedi divisa dal mio ben"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "La bella Elisa"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Se vincendo vi rendo felici"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Oimè! declina il sol"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "L'amerò, sarò costante"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Uscite, alfine uscite"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Se tu me fai dono"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Misero cor!" - "Sol può dir come si trova"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Voi che fausti ognor donate"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Olà! che più si tarda?"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "Viva, viva l'invitto duce"

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