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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, et al

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo
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Notes & Reviews:

"Furio Zanasi (billed here as a tenor but as a baritone on other recordings; he sounds like a high baritone) sings Orfeo with great virtuosity and emotional restraint. Even in "Rendetimi il mio bene" near the close of the third act he does not overstate his case at first, and his plea, increasing in volume, is enormously effective. Sergio Foresti's Caronte is nicely sepulchral, which somewhat undercuts Antonio Abete's more matter-of-fact Plutone, but Anna Simboli makes up for it as Prosperina. None of the singers uses "white" voice; vibrato is subdued but present. This makes sense given Alessandrini's extroverted use of the instruments--the cornets and drums are brilliant. In short, this set, along with the Haim/Bostridge performance on Virgin, are must-haves for Monteverdi fans." -Classics Today (10/10)

BBC Music Magazine
This is unquestionably the most subtle rendering of the Orfeo text that's available on compact disc. Furio Zanasi (Orfeo) is exceptionally good. Simboli (Euridice) is pure-voiced and clear, and Migardo uses the natural vulnerability in her sound movingly to project the distraught feelings of the Messenger.

Sunday Times
The first opera to survive in the modern repertoire had its premiere in Mantua 400 years ago. It's hard to imagine a finer anniversary present than Alessandrini's superbly theatricl and brilliantly sung version


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>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo
  • Performers: Anna Simbola (Voice); Raffaele Giordani (Tenor); Marco Scavazza (Baritone); Monica Piccinini (Soprano); Luca Dordolo (Tenor); Gianluca Ferrarini (Tenor); Sergio Foresti (Bass); Furio Zanasi (Baritone); Antonio Abete (Bass)
  • Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • Ensemble: Concerto Italiano
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1607