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Monteverdi Cycle - Poppea, Ulisse, L'Orfeo

Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 972  
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Lorna AndersonMaarten KoningsbergerJaco HuijpenToby Spence,   ... 
Conductor:  David PorcelijnGlen WilsonChristophe RoussetStephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO EnsembleNetherlands Opera OrchestraLes Talens Lyriques,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pierre Audi's Monteverdi Cycle Box Set


Cynthia Haymon, Brigitte Balleys, Michael Chance, Claron McFadden, Heidi Grant Murphy, Ning Liang
Les Talens Lyriques / Christophe Rousset

Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Graciela Araya, Toby Spence, Jaco Huijpen, Christopher Gillet, Brian Asawa
Baroque Ensemble / Glen Wilson

John Mark Ainsley, Juanita Lascarro, Michael Chance, David Cordier, Mario Luperi, Brigitte Balleys
Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino / Stephen Stubbs

Lorna Anderson, Maarten
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ASKO Ensemble / David Porcelijn

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound format: DTS Surround / LPCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Menu Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Running time: 9 hours 30 minutes

Each opera has an insightful introduction, directed by Roeland Hazendonk, featuring interviews with Pierre Audi, the musical director and members of the cast.

* Opus Arte is proud to present Pierre Audi's profound and refined productions of Monteverdi's opera masterpieces from the Amsterdam Muziektheater as a complete 9.5 hours box set, which explores the depths of human emotions in compelling music drama. The brilliant cast of the beautifully styled, evocative L'Orfeo, under the sophisticated musical direction of Stephen Stubbs, includes John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance and David Cordier. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria features Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Graciela Araya, both commanding and very moving under Glen Wilson's transparent and inspired musical direction. In L'incoronazione di Poppea Christophe Rousset and the musicians of his Les Talens Lyriques lead an all-star cast, including Brigitte Balleys, Cynthia Haymon, Claron McFadden and Dominique Visse, together reaching great heights in a highly evocative production. As a bonus disc, this box set includes the previously unreleased Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, starring Lorna Anderson and Maarten Koningberger, with the ASKO Ensemble led boldly by David Porcelijn.


"Strikingly staged, beautifully sung." -- New York Times

"A masterpiece of controlled timing and patience." -- Gramophone

"This is opera as music drama, and an experience not to be missed." -- New York Post
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Works on This Recording

1. Madrigals, Book 8: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Lorna Anderson (Soprano), Maarten Koningsberger (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Porcelijn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1624; Italy 
2. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jaco Huijpen (Bass), Toby Spence (Tenor), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Brian Asawa (Countertenor), Graciela Araya (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Conductor:  Glen Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1640; Venice, Italy 
3. L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Cynthia Haymon (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass),
Brigitte Balleys (Mezzo Soprano), Liang Ning (Mezzo Soprano), Heidi Grant Murphy (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Netherlands Opera Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 
4. L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Brigitte Balleys (Mezzo Soprano),
David Cordier (Countertenor), Mario Luperi (Bass), Russel Smythe (Baritone)
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Tragicomedia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 

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