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Claudio Monteverdi/Carl Orff: L'Orfeo / Wolansky, Bremert, West, Wiemann, Arneth. Ferdinand Leitner

Audio Samples

  1. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus: Toccata $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus: Als einst Orpheus den Tod seines Weibes mit Trauerliedern beklagte (Speaker) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act I, "Arkadische Landshaft": Preist diesen Tag der Freude! (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act I, "Arkadische Landshaft": Strahlendes Licht, leuchtende Sonne (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act I, "Arkadische Landshaft": All mein Sehnen, Orpheus, all mein Sinnen (Eurydike) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act I, "Arkadische Landshaft": Flieht uns der nächtigen Wolken Dunkel (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act I, "Arkadische Landshaft": Moresca $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act II, "Heller, lichter Wald, Hirten und Nymphen": Nehmt mich auf, irh stillen Wälder (Orpheus, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act II, "Heller, lichter Wald, Hirten und Nymphen": Weh, dunkles Schicksal! Weh, schweres Verhängnis! (Botin, Orpheus, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act II, "Heller, lichter Wald, Hirten und Nymphen": Lament. Eurydike, bist du mir erloschen (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Bin ich hinab getaucht ins Reich der Schatten (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Halt du, der du ins Land des Todes niedersteigst (Wächter) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Du dunkler Warner, einsamer Wächter (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Des Lebens Stern sich einmal noch in diesen Tiefen spiegeln soll (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Allbezwingend trägt dein Sang, dein Leid ins Land der Schatten (Wächter) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Weh mir unselig Seligem, endlich dir nach bin ich (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Hat ganz des Leides Kraft dein Herz zerbrochen (Wächter) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": O gib sie mir zurück! (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Zum Licht! Zum Leben wieder führ ich dich, Eurydike! (Orpheus, Eurydike) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Besiegt hat Orpheus die Nacht (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Eurydike, meine Liebe blüht empor in meinen Liedern (Orpheus, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Eurydike, fühlst du den Tag, dem wir entgegenschreiten? (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": Weh, dass des Lebens Sehnsucht im Land des Todes dich ergreift (Eurydike) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Monteverdi & Orff — Orpheus, Act III, "Unterwelt": O lass mich untergehn in deinem Traum, in dir! (Orpheus) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Orpheus, opera in 3 acts (adaptation of Monteverdi's "Orfeo")
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lasciatemi morire "Lamento d'Arianna a 1"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzertsaal, Schwetzinger Schloss (05/15/1958).



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>Orff, 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: Alfred Graeser (Double Bass); Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano); Ferdinand Leitner (Harpsichord); Rolf Reinhardt (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1608