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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Gardiner, Rolfe-Johnson, Baird

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 419250   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Lynne DawsonAnthony Rolfe JohnsonAnne Sofie von OtterJohn Tomlinson,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi ChoirHis Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claudio Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo' is generally considered the first operatic masterpiece. Written in an attempt to emulate what was thought to be the performance style of the ancient Greeks, Monteverdi and his librettist created a nearly perfect union of drama, text and music that composers from Gluck to Wagner would, at various times, attempt to emulate and remake in their own image. The famous story is economically told, albeit with more principals than Gluck would employ for his famous reform opera over a century later. Unlike the later Italian works of the 17th century, 'L'Orfeo' was not a commercial enterprise and correspondingly used a much larger instrumental ensemble than would later be the norm, though there is nothing like a Read more definitive orchestral score so each performer has extensive editorial choices to make in realizing the work for performance.
John Eliot Gardiner fields a full chamber orchestra and chorus in his edition. The cast is made up of many of the finest singers of the early 1980s, headed by Anthony Rolf Johnson as a particularly mellifluous Orfeo. John Tomlinson, later a famous Wotan, is heard here at the beginning of his career. Read less

Works on This Recording

L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano),
John Tomlinson (Bass), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Mary Nichols (Soprano),
Diana Montague (Soprano), Willard White (Bass), Mark Tucker (Tenor),
Nigel Robson (Tenor), Simon Birchall (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Howard Milner (Tenor), Nicholas Robertson (Tenor), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 105 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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