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Monteverdi - L'Orfeo [Original recording reissued]

Claudio Monteverdi , Nikolaus Harnoncourt Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Audio CD (5 May 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00171TE8K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Toccata
2. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : ""Dal mio Parnasso"" [La Musica]"
3. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""In questo lieto e fortunato giorno"" [Shepherd 2]"
4. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Vieni, Imeneo"" [Chorus]"
5. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Muse, onor di Parnasso"" [Ninfa]"
6. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Lasciate i monti"" [Chorus]"
7. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Ma tu, gentil cantor"" [Shepherd 1]"
8. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Rosa del ciel"" [Orfeo]"
9. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Io non dirņ qual sia"" [Euridice]"
10. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 1 ""Lasciate i monti"" [Chorus]"
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 Sinfonia
2. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""Scorto da te, mio nume"" [Orfeo]"
3. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""Ecco l'atra palude"" [Speranza]"
4. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""Dove, ah, dove ten'vai"" [Orfeo]"
5. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""O tu, ch'inanzi morte"" [Caronte]"
6. Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 Sinfonia
7. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""Possente spirito"" [Orfeo]"
8. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""Ben mi lusinga"" [Caronte]"
9. "Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 ""Ahi, sventurato amante!"" [Orfeo]"
10. Monteverdi : L'Orfeo : Act 3 Sinfonia
See all 34 tracks on this disc

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Nikolaus Harnoncourt is fondly known by some fellow reviewers as "The Wild Man of Borneo" - and not without reason given the excesses of some of his more experimental assaults upon core repertoire. However, we have a good deal to thank him for, not least his pivotal role in restoring the three great operas of Monteverdi both to the performing and recording canon, and also to something resembling the composer's original intentions.

My recent and rewarding re-acquaintance with his "L'incoronazione di Poppea" Monteverdi: Lincoronazione Di Poppea prompted me to return to this seminal recording made as long ago as 1968. It is a remarkable achievement and apart from the obvious anachronism of casting a tenor as Orfeo for the sake of dramatic verisimilitude, seems wholly steeped in the requisite ambience and spirit of the age.

The most noticeable thing about this recording is how sensitively and beautifully the work is sung and played by an array of gifted performers. There is a gentle pathos about the whole performance wholly in sympathy with the ambiguous mood of the opera and its avoidance of a wholly tragic conclusion whereby Euridice is not restored to Orfeo but he is transported by Apollo up to Parnassus. The collective timbre of the woodwind - a dulcian, a recorder and two cornetts - and the brass - period trombones and natural trumpets - is captivating and the result of extraordinary facility on the part of the Concentus Musicus Wien musicians, who were presumably still grappling with the conventions and technical challenges of period instruments.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Second Cd missing 14 Dec 2012
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Purchased this item as a Xmas gift. It arrived with no cellophane wrapping again. Not the first time.The album was a twin CD, but it arrived with only one Cd in Cd case. I am sick of returning Cd and complaining about Cd's like this. I will not be buying any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars monteverdi for an age... 23 Dec 2011
By Richard W. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
in the way that solti defined wagner/s ring for a certain generation, so harnoncourt (in an earlier release of this performance) defined monteverdi. i/ve heard a few performances since, but like solti, nothing ever quite measures up. it is truly beautiful music, beautifully performed.
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