"This recording is yet another example -and one that's right on target- of the possibilities affered by the classic 'piano-bass-drums' combo in the traditional jazz framework. With a carefully selected and impeccably executed repertoire, these three young musicians manage to maintain a high level of interest from start to finish, using such basic elements as well-crafted development of theme, character, and discipline in the moments of interaction, and a good use of dynamics. And on top of everything, swing and more swing." -Aldo Caviglia (drummer)
Teseo (HWV 9) is an opera seria with music by George Frideric Handel, the only Handel opera that is in five acts. The Italian-language libretto was by Nicola Francesco Haym, after Philippe Quinault's Thésée. It was Handel's third London opera, intended to follow the success of Rinaldo after the unpopular Il pastor fido. First performed on 10 January 1713,Teseo featured "magical" effects such as flying dragons, transformation scenes and apparitions and had a cast of notable Italian opera singers. It was a success with London audiences, receiving thirteen performances even though the stage machinery for the "magical" effects broke down, and would have received more performances had not one of the theatre's managers run away with the box office receipts.
For its harmonia mundi début, the London-based La Nuova Musica, led by David Bates, presents a true rarity: the original 1712 version of Handel's opera 'Il pastor fido' (The Faithful Shepherd) featuring Lucy Crowe, Anna Dennis, Katherine Manley, Madeleine Shaw and Clint van der Linde.