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Opera Explained - An Introduction to Monteverdi: Orfeo

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>Smillie, Thomson : An Introduction to Monteverdi's "Orfeo", narration with musical examples
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Monteverdi's 'Orfeo', first performed in 1607, generates a special excitement because it is the first unquestioned masterpiece of opera. Notable for its precise orchestration and powerful drama it was a groundbreaking work. It concerns the legend of Orpheus, the demi-god whose music had the power to conquer the forces of Hell and to bring his wife back, briefly, to life. The extracts used in this introduction are from Naxos's full recording; it uses authentic period instruments, which serve to evoke the early Baroque period of the opera's composition.



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>Smillie, Thomson : An Introduction to Monteverdi's "Orfeo", narration with musical examples
  • Performer: David Timson (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Sergio Vartolo
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary