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Jordi Savall, looking uncannily like Monteverdi himself, conducts with energy and draws some committed, focused playing from the band. Zanasi makes a fine Orfeo, but all the voices have all the graceful and limpid qualities that are standard now in early music, and the whole company gets the stylised acting manner demanded by the production just right without becoming too arch.
On the DVD: L'Orfeo is presented in 16:9 anamorphic ratio, with a choice of Dolby Surround Sound or LPCM Stereo. Within the limitations of a live relay from a large theatre, the picture quality is excellent: the colours of the costumes seem particularly vivid. There are subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish. Special features include an interview with the stage director, an illustrated synopsis and a gallery of cast photos. --Warwick Thompson
I borrowed this from Lovefilm and had no hesitation in later buying this DVD as one that I wanted in my collection. The singing and production are superb. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Firkins
Serenely beautiful and astonishingly sophisticated recreation of Western culture's 1st musical drama. At times profoundly moving, definitely capturing the "affetto". Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2011 by Dr MH
this is close to perfection, Jordi Savall is in my opinion the best in the world in his field..
ancient music never sounded as good and it is very well directed too. Read more