Mozart: The Shepherd King (Il rè pastore)
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Composer & Artist:
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artists: Johanette Zomer Aminta, Francine van der Heijden Elisa, Marcel Reijans Agenore, Musica ad Rhenum, Jed Wentz (conductor)
About this Album:
Il rè pastore was commissioned in 1775 for the visit of Austria’s Archduke Maximilian Franz to Salzburg. Written in just six weeks, the opera is based on a libretto by Pietro Metastasio in which Alexander the Great (Alessandro) discovers that young shepherd Aminta is the rightful heir to the throne, taking it upon himself to restore the boy to power. Regardless of the composer’s youth, several moments in the opera show hints of the more mature Mozart, including the aria ‘L’amerò sarò costante’ in which rippling strings and lush orchestration are combined with a poignant, yearning vocal line. Another highlight is the glorious ensemble finale of Act II, a feature that would become a vital characteristic of Mozart’s later operas.
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