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5.0 out of 5 stars The first published opera - recorded at last., 31 Oct 2008
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A. Radford (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Caccini: L'euridice (Audio CD)
Caccini's "L'Euridice" was published in 1600, and is recorded here for the first time, performed by "Scherzi Musicali" - a young baroque group based in Brussels (where I obtained my copy prior to its UK release). The group is directed from the theorbo by Nicolas Achten who also sings the role of Orfeo. "Scherzi Musicali" deliver a brilliant performance of this early baroque gem. The core of the group is its continuo of Achten, Sarah Ridy (triple harp) and Erico Semba (bass viol and lirone), supplemented for this recording by two additional instrumentalists. Of the seven singers, particularly worthy of note is the stunning voice of counter-tenor Magid El-Bushra. This is clearly a group to watch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The earliest surviving opera, 26 Jun 2010
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Caccini: L'euridice (Audio CD)
This is only the first surviving opera - Jacopo Peri wrote his his "Dafne" in 1597, which is lost. Giulio Caccini just pipped Peri to the post of oldest surviving opera by publishing his Euridice six weeks earlier than Peri's version.

It won't surprise you of course to hear that the style is much like Monteverdi; it's all pleasant enough without being an outstanding work. Out of the three, it's maybe not that hard to comprehend why Monteverdi's version of the Orpheus legend, L'Orfeo, plus his other operas, are better remembered today. However it's interesting to get the chance to hear another example of incipient opera.

Single disc in digipak case, with sizeable booklet containing notes in English, French and German plus libretto with translations in all three languages, both packaged in cardboard sleeve.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance, 4 April 2011
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Not being a scholarly type I do not propose to write a complex review.Suffice it to say that this is an outstanding performance of this early opera.If you love early music played as it should be then buy this cd,you will,as I do,love it!!
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