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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea / Jacobs, Borst, Laurens

Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 5901330   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Christoph HombergerDominique VisseLena LootensMichael Schopper,   ... 
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Jacobs has for long specialized in baroque music and has previously been involved with a number of recordings of other early Venetian operas. It is this experience which leads him to believe that while the original manuscripts contain the 'essential' features of the work, they must be augmented in two ways; firstly, by extending the use of the central string ensemble beyond ritornellos and sinfonias, and secondly by adding three-part melodic elaborations (accompagnati) at strategic moments. In practice this places his version somewhere between the absolute purity of the Hickox (where the vocal lines are supported throughout only by a basso continuo) and Zedda's colourful fantasia upon the composer's original score... Right from the start Read more Danielle Borst's Poppea is richly seductive, and the part of Nerone is given a wildly impetuous reading by Guillemette Laurens; by the fifth scene of Act I these principal characters have been graphically delineated, the oppositions set up and the seeds of tragedy sown in a highly convincing way.

-- Gramophone [4/1991]
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L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Christoph Homberger (Tenor), Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Lena Lootens (Soprano),
Michael Schopper (Bass), Axel Köhler (Countertenor), Danielle Borst (Soprano),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano), Guy de Mey (Tenor),
Martina Bovet (Soprano)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 

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