Notes and Editorial Reviews
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.
"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