Monteverdi: 3 Operas / Harnoncourt

Release Date: 5/27/2014
Catalog Number: 631482
Number of Discs: 9

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This set does not contain librettos.

From 1968 to 1974, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, a major pioneer of historical performance practice, rediscovered the work of Claudio Monteverdi, resulting in three studio recordings of his operas. These highly esteemed recordings are now re-released in a 9-CD box set together with Harnoncourt’s Monteverdi album with the legendary Cathy Berberian that has been unavailable for many years. This complete edition of Monteverdi’s dramatic works are still regarded as milestone productions.

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"Years before collaborating with the director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle on landmark productions of the three Monteverdi operas, the conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, an early-music pioneer, made influential recordings of the works between 1968 and 1974 with the forces of Concentus Musicus Wien and exceptional casts. They have been remastered for this handy and affordable set." – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Works on This Recording
1. L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Rotraud Hansmann (Soprano), Eiko Katanosaka (Soprano), Lajos Kozma (Tenor), Nikolaus Simkowsky (Bass), Jacques Villisech (Bass), Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Max van Egmond (Bass), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor), Günther Theuring (Tenor), Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1607 ; Mantua, Italy
2. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Margaret Baker-Genovesi (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Lerer (Mezzo Soprano), Murray Dickie (Tenor), Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Sven-Olof Eliasson (Tenor), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Max van Egmond (Bass), Rotraud Hansmann (Soprano), Keith Wyatt (Tenor), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1640 ; Venice, Italy
3. L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Enrico Fissore (Baritone), Rotraud Hansmann (Soprano), Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Giancarlo Luccardi (Bass), Helen Donath (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Jane Gartner (Soprano), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor), Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Gaifa (Tenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1642 ; Venice, Italy
4. Madrigals, Book 7: Se i languidi miei "Lettera amorosa" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1619 ; Italy
5. Madrigals, Book 7: Con che soavità, labbra odorate by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1619 ; Italy
6. Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1623 ; Italy
7. L'Orfeo: Mira, deh mira, Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Lajos Kozma (Tenor), Günther Theuring (Tenor), Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1607 ; Mantua, Italy
8. L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Disprezzata Regina by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1642 ; Venice, Italy
9. L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Tu che dagli avi miei by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1642 ; Venice, Italy
10. L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Act 3, Scene 7 "Addio Roma" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Maria Minetto (Alto), Cathy Berberian (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1642 ; Venice, Italy
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