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5.0 out of 5 stars An early masterpiece, 20 July 2012
Mr. K. H. Cobb (UK) - See all my reviews
This is possibly the first printed opera, the first with stage directions, and the first given in Rome. Cavalieri did not specify the exact instrumentation to be used, so that used here is based on later works, and a bit of guesswork. The theme is a medieval dialogue between body and soul. But never mind this. What does it sound like?

In a word, fabulous. There is nothing to fault. Sound quality, singing and playing are superbly well done. The music itself varies from beautiful to quite frightening. I'm not always a fan of music from this period, but this is as good as I've heard. Whether this is how it would have sounded in 1600 I don't know, or really care to be honest. What we have here is what matters, and it's damned good.

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