Nominated for a South Bank Show newcomers' award, the sprightly early music group La Nuova Musica stake their unique claim: Handel's Il pastor fido has never been recorded before in this 1712 version, though some of the fine music pops up in later incarnations. Its pastoral colours make a strong contrast with the extrovert Rinaldo, Handel's first opera for London; the sensual orchestration is beautifully realised here, but heavy vibrato is in evidence in several of the resonantly recorded voices, which often overwhelm the continuo. Lucy Crowe's magnificent soprano is allowed full rein, and I enjoyed both Anna Dennis and Clint van der Linde, an outstanding countertenor. An auspicious debut.–The Observer
"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)
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.