- Ferdinand Leitner (Harpsichord)
- Rolf Reinhardt (Harpsichord)
- Alfred Graeser (Double Bass)
- Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano)
Notes & Reviews:
Recorded in May 1958 at the Schwetzinger Schlosstheater, this release features the first opera in history, written by Claudio Monteverdi, L'Orfeo.
American Record Guide, November/December 2013
That said, the recording is wonderful. Just listening to the music shows one why this opera has survived for 400 years; it is simply beautiful music, given here a fine performance, recorded in 1958. Ferdinand Leitner draws lovely playing from his Stuttgart orchestra, which seems to echo the emotional state of the characters. The American baritone Raymond Wolansky is a great Orfeo. He sings with a clear, well-produced voice and immaculate German diction. In the aria 'Eurydike - bistdu mir erloschen' he truly communicates Orfeo's grief; indeed, he sings both musically and meaningfully everywhere. The bass Ernst Wiemann uses his dark voice to great effect as Charon. Another American, Lucretia West, adds rich, dark tone to the role of the messenger.
Recording information: Konzertsaal, Schwetzinger Schloss (05/15/1958).
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Works DetailsOrff, Carl : Orpheus, opera in 3 acts (adaptation of Monteverdi's "Orfeo")
- Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
- Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Chorus
- Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1923-1940
Monteverdi, Claudio : Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1"
- Performers: Ferdinand Leitner (Harpsichord); Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano); Rolf Reinhardt (Harpsichord); Alfred Graeser (Double Bass)
- Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1608