L’Orfeo
Title:

L’Orfeo

Composer:
Artists:

Andrew Parrott
Taverner Consort & Players

Release Date:

22nd April 2013

Cat No:

AV2278

Price:

£24.99 (2 CDs)

Summary:

Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort & Players celebrate their 40th anniversary with a magnificent recording of the world’s first operatic masterpiece, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. As can be expected from Andrew Parrott, who has been at the centre of the early and baroque music scene for over four decades, his meticulous research results in a performance and stylistic approach that brings a fresh perspective to the myth of love lost and found through the art of music. His scholarship, combined with the collaborative nature of the Taverners, translates into a performance brought to life by the finest singers and instrumentalists in the early music world, including tenor Charles Daniels who is the superb Orfeo. Befitting such an outstanding recording, the 2-CD set is luxuriously packaged with extensive notes and the complete libretto with English translations in a 52-page booklet.

Tracklist:

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567 – 1643)
CD 1
1 Toccata (2.16)
PROLOGO
2 Ritornello – Dal mio Permesso amato La Musica (6.12)

ATTO PRIMO
3 In questo lieto e fortunato giorno Pastore 2 (1.32)
4 Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni Choro (0.49)
5 Muse, honor di Parnaso Ninfa (0.53)
6 Balletto – Lasciate i monti Choro (0.54)
7 Ma tu gentil cantor Pastore 1 (0.44)
8 Rosa del Ciel, vita del Mondo Orfeo (1.57)
9 Io non dirò Euridice (0.46)
10 Balletto – Lasciate i monti Choro (0.55)
11 Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni Choro (0.48)
12 Ma s’il nostro gioir Pastore 3 (0.46)
13 Ritornello – Alcun non sia Pastori (3.59)

ATTO SECONDO
14 Sinfonia – Ecco pur ch’a voi ritorno Orfeo (3.27)
15 Ritornello – Vi ricorda o boschi ombrosi Orfeo (2.32)
16 Mira, deh mira Orfeo Pastore 2 (0.29)
17 Ahi caso acerbo Messaggiera (2.50)
18 In un fiorito prato Messaggiera (3.25)
19 Tu se’ morta Orfeo (2.17)
20 Ahi caso acerbo Pastori (1.16)
21 Ma io Messaggiera (1.21)
22 Sinfonia – Chi ne consola ahi lassi? Pastori (7.09)
Total time CD 1: 47.19

CD 2
ATTO TERZO
1 Sinfonia (1.28)
2 Scorto da te mio Nume Orfeo (1.16)
3 Ecco l’atra palude Speranza (2.46)
4 Dove, ah dove te n’ vai Orfeo (0.39)
5 O tu ch’innanzi morte Caronte (1.38)
6 Sinfonia – Possente Spirto Orfeo (9.01)
7 Ben mi lusinga alquanto Caronte (0.45)
8 Ahi sventurato amante Orfeo (1.09)
9 Sinfonia – Ei dorme Orfeo (2.33)
10 Sinfonia – Nulla impresa per huom Choro (3.39)

ATTO QUARTO
11 Signor quell’infelice Proserpina (2.30)
12 Benchè severo & immutabil fato Plutone (3.02)
13 Quali grazie ti rendo Proserpina (2.00)
14 Ecco il gentil cantore Un Spirito (2.37)
15 O dolcissimi lumi Orfeo (2.36)
16 Sinfonia – È la virtute un raggio Choro (3.43)

ATTO QUINTO
17 Ritornello – Questi i campi di Tracia Orfeo (7.34)
18 Sinfonia – Perchè a lo sdegno & al dolor Apollo (4.10)
19 Saliam cantando al Cielo Apollo, Orfeo (1.12)
20 Ritornello – Vanne Orfeo felice a pieno Choro (0.59)
21 Moresca (0.59)
Total time CD 2: 56.17

Recorded 23 – 28 July 2012, Church of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown, Oxford
Recording producer and engineer: Adrian Hunter

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