Not for the first time, the thoughtful and diligent Emmanuelle Haim has created a top-rank performance of an important work. L'Orfeo is, of course, more than important, and deserves all the attention it gets from a number of conductors, though Haim's is probably the best of the lot. She cuts straight down to the essence of the work, and assembles a very good and well-matched ensemble to perform it with the right spirit as well as the right techniques. It's a little stark, perhaps, and certainly carries no excess baggage, so is probably the right choice for those who want their early opera in an honest, uncomplicated form. Try it.