Orfeo Fantasia - Monteverdi, Hume, Et Al / Daniels, Et Al

Release Date: 9/27/2005
Catalog Number: SACD2 2337
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


ORFEO FANTASIA Charles Daniels (ten); Montréal Baroque ATMA 22337 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 62:16 Text and Translation)


Music of MONTEVERDI, HUME, GUÉDRON, CACCINI, PICCHI, D’INDIA, DOWLAND


This instrumental ensemble has no conductor, although some reviews of early music in the past have characterized the director of a few musicians as a “conductor.” No one is even listed as director, though the bass viol player Susie Napper is described in the notes as artistic director. Every June for several years she has organized the Montreal Baroque Festival, for which she assembles members of this ensemble. The program is a varied collection of music inspired by the legend of Orfeo’s tears, shed for his lost love. Perhaps the greatest interest is the juxtaposition of so many composers and works, more than one might recall offhand. Only Jacopo Peri is missing for his early Euridice , oddly enough, and the brief air by Caccini is not taken from his equally early Euridice . Daniels sings nine of the 17 tracks, including Orfeo’s great aria from Monteverdi’s act V and two others from acts I and II.


This is an original idea, carried out with considerable panache. Some liberties are taken, for example, with Dowland’s Flow my teares . Since it follows I saw my Lady weepe in Dowland’s Second Book, the subject is a lady and hence cannot be Orfeo. (Two anonymous transcriptions of the underlying Lachrymae are also heard, one for harpsichord, the other for two lutes.) The closest we come to the Orfeo theme, after Monteverdi’s arias, is Sigismondo d’India’s Lamento d’Orfeo . The generalized theme of tears takes its starting point in the Orfeo story and broadens out from there. As a program of fairly offbeat music of the early Baroque, this is well done and enjoyable.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
Works on This Recording
1. Paduana Lachrymae by Anonymous
Performer: Nigel North (Lute), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
2. L'Orfeo: Ritornello by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Olivier Fortin (Organ), Nigel North (Lirone), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1607 ; Mantua, Italy
3. L'Orfeo: Rosa del ciel by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Nigel North (Lute), Charles Daniels (Countertenor), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1607 ; Mantua, Italy
4. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: My hope is revived by Tobias Hume
Performer: Susie Napper (Viola da Gamba), Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1607 ; England
5. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: My Joyes are coming... by Tobias Hume
Performer: Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1607 ; England
6. Quel espoir de guarir by Pierre Guédron
Performer: Charles Daniels (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
7. Le rossignol by Anonymous
Performer: Nigel North (Lute), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
8. Le nuove musiche: Odi, Euterpe by Giulio Caccini
Performer: Nigel North (Lute), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Organ), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Charles Daniels (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1602 ; Italy
9. L'Orfeo: Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Nigel North (Lute), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Organ), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Charles Daniels (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1607 ; Mantua, Italy
10. Toccata (from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) by Giovanni Picchi
Performer: Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Organ), Susie Napper (Viola da Gamba), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Margaret Little (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
11. A Pilgrimes Solace: no 11, Lasso vita mia, mi fa morire by John Dowland
Performer: Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Susie Napper (Viola da Gamba), Charles Daniels (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1612 ; England
12. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: Cease leaden slumber by Tobias Hume
Performer: Charles Daniels (Countertenor), Susie Napper (Viola da Gamba), Nigel North (Lute), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1607 ; England
13. L'Orfeo: Questi i campi di Tracia "Lamento d'Orfeo" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Nigel North (Lirone), Olivier Fortin (Organ), Charles Daniels (Countertenor), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1607 ; Mantua, Italy
14. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer: Charles Daniels (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Montreal Baroque Orchestra
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1600 ; England
15. Le musiche, book 4: Che veggio, ohimè, che miro? "Lamento d'Orfeo" by Sigismondo D'India
Performer: Charles Daniels (Countertenor), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1621 ; Italy
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