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Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Agnew, Les Arts Florissants

Release Date: 12/01/2017 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 9809062  
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Cyril CostanzoAntonio AbeteMiriam AllanZachary Wilder,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin,
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Echoing performance practice from Monteverdi’s day, instrumentalists are integrated into the action…Their direct interaction with the singers produces an intimate, chamber-like performance.

– BBC Music Magazine

The Act V apotheosis has rarely seemed as touching and convincing as it does here.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Cyril Costanzo (Bass), Antonio Abete (Bass), Miriam Allan (Soprano),
Zachary Wilder (Tenor), Sean Clayton (Haute-contre), Lea Desandre (Mezzo Soprano),
Carlo Vistoli (Voice), Cyril Auvity (Tenor), Hannah Morrison (Soprano),
Paul Agnew (Tenor)
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 

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