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Monteverdi - L’Orfeo

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Catalogue numberBIS-2519 SACD
Release date2021-05-07
Discs2
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time105:39

L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) is often described as the first opera. The composer himself used another term for his work, however: ‘favola in musica’, a musical tale. Taking this as their point of departure, the performers on the present recording place the emphasis on the libretto’s direct narrative, and how the music alone is used to express emotions, a music which underpins the plot and the text word for word. To quote the liner notes: ‘To modern ears the musical heritage of L’Orfeo is more to be found in the Lieder tradition than in the grand opera of the nineteenth century.’

The tale told by Monteverdi and the members of the three ensembles which bring his score to life, is that of Orpheus, the poet and musician who travels to the Underworld in order to persuade Hades to let his beloved Eurydice return to the living. Under the direction of Fredrik Malmberg, and with Johan Linderoth as their Orfeo, the 38 singers and musicians that make up Ensemble Lundabarock, Höör Barock and Ensemble Altapunta perform a score which in 1607 was state-of-the-art contemporary. Four full centuries after the first performance in Mantua it remains almost shockingly modern, as in the sound of cornetts and trombones that summon up the spirits of the Underworld or the portrayal of undiluted, raw grief in Orfeo’s celebrated aria Possente Spirto.
 
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Disc 1
01 Toccata 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
  Prologo / Prologue
02 Ritornello. Dal mio Permesso amato 05:36 $ 1.34 USD
 
  Atto primo / Act I 16:03
03 In questo lieto e fortunato giorno 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
04 Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
05 Muse, honor di Parnaso 00:55 $ 0.22 USD
06 Lasciate i monti (Balletto) 01:56 $ 0.46 USD
07 Ma tu gentil cantor 00:38 $ 0.15 USD
08 Rosa del Ciel, vita del Mondo 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
09 Io non dirò 00:50 $ 0.20 USD
10 Lasciate i monti (Balletto) 00:59 $ 0.24 USD
11 Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni 00:57 $ 0.23 USD
12 Ma s’il nostro gioir 00:49 $ 0.20 USD
13 Ritornello — Alcun non sia 04:27 $ 1.07 USD
 
  Atto secondo / Act II 24:03
14 Sinfonia — Ecco pur ch’a voi ritorno 05:45 $ 1.38 USD
15 Ahi caso acerbo 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
16 In un fiorito prato 03:48 $ 0.91 USD
17 Tu se’ morta 02:17 $ 0.55 USD
18 Ahi caso acerbo 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
19 Ma io — Sinfonia 02:30 $ 0.60 USD
20 Chi ne consola ahi lassi? 05:46 $ 1.38 USD
 
 
Disc 2
  Atto terzo / Act III 25:22
01 Sinfonia 01:28 $ 0.35 USD
02 Scorto da te, mio Nume 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
03 Ecco l’atra palude 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
04 Dove, ah dove te’n vai 00:49 $ 0.20 USD
05 O tu ch’innanzi morte 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
06 Sinfonia — Possente Spirto 08:06 $ 1.94 USD
07 Sol tu, nobile Dio 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
08 Ben mi lusinga alquanto 02:44 $ 0.66 USD
09 Ei dorme 02:08 $ 0.51 USD
10 Sinfonia — Nulla impresa per huom 03:30 $ 0.84 USD
 
  Atto quarto / Act IV 16:40
11 Signor, quell’infelice 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
12 Benchè severo e immutabil fato 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
13 O degli habitator 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
14 Quali grazie ti rendo 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
15 Pietade oggi 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
16 Ritornello — Qual honor 03:38 $ 0.87 USD
17 Ahi vista troppo dolce 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
18 Sinfonia — È la virtute un raggio 03:14 $ 0.78 USD
 
  Atto quinto / Act V 16:06
19 Ritornello 00:41 $ 0.16 USD
20 Questi i campi di Tracia 07:05 $ 1.70 USD
21 Sinfonia — Perchè a lo sdegno e al dolor 02:04 $ 0.50 USD
22 Padre cortese 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
23 Saliam cantando al Cielo 01:16 $ 0.30 USD
24 Ritornello — Vanne Orfeo felice a pieno 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
25 Moresca 01:12 $ 0.29 USD
 
  Album total 105:39
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