Mozart: Il re pastore, K208

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Mozart: Il re pastore, K208


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2015



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2nd Oct 2015




1 hour 56 minutes


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Mozart: Il re pastore, K208

Sarah Fox (Aminta), Ailish Tynan (Elisa), John Mark Ainsley (Alessandro), Anna Devin (Tamiri) & Benjamin Hulett (Agenore)

Classical Opera, Ian Page

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Classical Opera continue their recording cycle of the complete operas of Mozart with 'Il Re Pastore' – a youthful work that shines with the richness of its orchestration, its inexhaustible melodic inspiration and its dazzlingly ingenious score.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Il Re Pastore, K. 208


Act I Scene 1: No.1 "Intendo, amico rio" (Aria)

Act I Scene 1: "Bella Elisa, idol mio" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 1: No. 2, "Alla selva, al prato, al fonte" (Aria)

Act I Scene 2: "Perdono, amici Dei" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 2: No. 3, "Aer tranquillo e dì sereni" (Aria)

Act I Scene 3: "Or che dici, Alessandro?" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 3: No. 4, "Si spande al sole in faccia" (Aria)

Act I Scene 4: "Agenore? T’arresta" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 4: No. 5, "Per me rispondete" (Aria)

Act I Scene 5: "No, voi non siete, o Dei" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 5: No. 6, "Di tante sue procelle" (Aria)

Act I Scene 6: "Oh lieto giorno! oh me felice" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 7: "Dal più fedel vassallo" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 8: "Elisa! Aminta! È sogno?" (Recitativo)

Act I Scene 8: "Che? m’affretti a lasciarti?" (Recitativo accompagnato)

Act I Scene 8: No. 7, "Vanne a regnar, ben mio" (Duetto)

(Concert Version of No. 3 Aria) "Compagne amene" (Recitativo)

(Concert Version of No. 3 Aria) "Ditelo voi pastori" (Recitativo accompagnato)

(Concert Version of No. 3 Aria) No. 3, "Aer tranquillo e dì sereni" (Aria)

Act II Scene 1: "Questa del campo greco" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 1: No. 8, "Barbaro, oh Dio! mi vedi" (Aria)

Act II Scene 2: "Nel gran cor d’Alessandro" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 3: "Per qual ragione resta il re" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 4: "Or per la mia Tamiri" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 4: No. 9, "Se vincendo vi rendo felici" (Aria)

Act II Scene 5: "Oimè! declina il sol" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 6: "E irresoluto ancora" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 6: No.10, "L’amerò, sarò costante" (Rondeaux)

Act II Scene 7: "Uscite, alfine uscite" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 8: "Ma senti, Agenore" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 9: "Povera ninfa! io ti compiango" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 9: No.11, "Se tu di me fai dono" (Aria)

Act II Scene 10: "Misero cor!" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 10: No.12, "Sol può dir come si trova" (Aria)

Act II Scene 11: No.13, "Voi, che fausti ognor donate" (Aria)

Act II Scene 11: "Olà! che più si tarda?" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 12: "Ah giustizia, signor" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 13: "Signore, io sono Aminta" (Recitativo)

Act II Scene 13: No. 14, "Viva l’invitto duce" (Coro)

Sunday Times

11th October 2015

“the work can’t help being beautiful, and it’s performed with energy and spirit by Ian Page and his lively forces. The three sopranos, Sarah Fox (Aminta), Ailish Tynan (Elisa) and Anna Devin (Tamiri), vie with each other in graceful singing.”

CD Review

10th October 2015

“the complete work needs performances as well balanced, lively and affectionate as this one.”

The Guardian

15th October 2015

“The whole thing – which, for completists, includes an extended, concert version of Aer Tranquillo as an appendix – sounds poised and elegant under Ian Page’s tasteful and slightly anonymous direction, with a neatly expressive orchestra and a strong cast headed by Sarah Fox’s gleaming, supple-sounding Aminta and John Mark Ainsley’s more self-consciously regal Alexander.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2015

“It is hard to imagine hearing another performance as convivial and life-affirming as this. The Orchestra of Classical Opera play supremely well...Page’s unobtrusive pacing of the pastoral mini-drama and sage weighting of orchestrally accompanied recitatives pull the listener along gently.”

MusicWeb International

1st December 2015

“this piece is all about the music and the performance, and Ian Page puts his cards on the table straightaway in an overture that crackles with life … This is an excellent performance and a superbly produced recording … This is my first encounter with the Signum Classics Mozart series, and I am completely sold”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2016


“we have accomplished singers here who negotiate the occasionally tricky music with fluency and poise. John Mark Ainsley (as Alexander the Great) is a commanding presence...It is a rare delight that real 'display' cadenzas are improvised by the singers at all appropriate points, and that the orchestra is directed with commendable style.”

Classical Music

December 2015


“Mozart’s delightful early opera comes up fresh as new paint in this fleet, beautifully-recorded new set. Fox and Tynan are perfectly matched young lovers and Ainsley is achingly moving as the old king. Orchestral playing is sparkling and pristine. This modestly-priced set now leads the field on CD.”

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