Notes & Reviews:
Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort & Players celebrate their 40th anniversary with a magnificent recording of the world's first operatic masterpiece. Parrott has been at the center of the early and baroque music scenes for over four decades, and his meticulous research brings a fresh perspective to the myth of love lost and found through the art of music. Befitting such an outstanding recording, the two-CD set is luxuriously packaged with extensive notes and the complete libretto with English translations in a 60-page booklet.
At the vanguard of stimulating research-driven concepts interpreted with enthralling musicality.
The Times, 18th May 2013
With Charles Daniels and Faye Newton superb as Orfeo and Euridice, and sensual singing and playing, this is the most beguiling Monteverdi opera recording for years.
Sunday Times, 19th May 2013
Charles Daniels gives a sensitive and intimate portrayal of the part of Orfeo. Under Parrott's direction, the first-rate team of instrumentalists further enrich our experience in a shapely reading of a still lovely, still fresh masterpiece.
Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
The Avie set favours near-vibrato-less singers of ambiguous fach - proper voices indeed (not the vernacular singing occasionally heard in Monteverdi) but not necessarily ones you'd typically hear in modern opera houses...More than usual, instrumentalists are active story-telling participants.
The Observer, 26th May 2013
This new version of Monteverdi's Orfeo is thoroughly researched and reimagined...a gentle, lyrical vision of a miraculous opera.
The Independent, 24th May 2013
The presentation is faithful to the original small-scale salon performances, which were more like poetic oratorios than grand opera. Thus, colourful singing is eschewed in favour of an almost spoken-sung recitative, with comparatively undemonstrative accompaniment from sparse instruments.
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Recorded to mark the 40th anniversary of the Taverner Consort and Players, this is a splendid celebration of that milestone as well as a very fine addition to the discography of Monteverdi's 1607 opera. Daniel Charles is a very fine Orfeo, able to command public attention and evoke private sadness. His voice has equal expressive power when it is full and solid (as in 'Ahi Sventurato Amante' with forte high passion) and when it is empty and hollow (as in 'Questi I Campi Di Traccia'). This performance is alive with all that makes this opera matter: varied and expressive instrumental combinations set the scene. This performance is alive with all that makes this opera matter: varied and expressive instrumental combinations set the scene. All the singers and instrumentalists are extremely good. This is a captivating, gripping performance.
BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
Daniels is magnificent in the title role - technically brilliant...impassioned...and lyrically supple...The rest of the cast is also good...Faye Newton is a pure and effective Euridice...As one may expect from Andrew Parrott, the instruments are very adroitly deployed and controlled.
International Record Review, July/August 2013
We can hear Parrott's approach most clearly in Orfeo himself...Daniels reserves his emotional outbursts for a very few key moments...In the same vein, Emily van Evera does the tricky Messenger scene with chilling simplicity...'Possente spirto' - the highlight of the work - is a triumph...I'm not sure whether I'm more impressed by [Daniels's] techique of his formidable subtlety.
Recording information: Church of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/23/2012-07/28/2012).
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Works DetailsMonteverdi, Claudio : L'Orfeo
- Conductor: Andrew Parrott
- Ensemble: Taverner Players
- Notes: Church of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown, Oxford (07/23/2012-07/28/2012)
- Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1607