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

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> Orpheus - Toccata
> Orpheus - Als einst Orpheus den Tod seines Weibes mit Trauerliedern beklagte (Speaker)
> Orpheus - Act I: Arkadische Landshaft: Preist diesen Tag der Freude! (Chorus)
> Orpheus - Act I: Arkadische Landshaft: Strahlendes Licht, leuchtende Sonne (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act I: Arkadische Landshaft: All mein Sehnen, Orpheus, all mein Sinnen (Eurydike)
> Orpheus - Act I: Arkadische Landshaft: Flieht uns der nachtigen Wolken Dunkel (Chorus)
> Orpheus - Act I: Arkadische Landshaft: Moresca
> Orpheus - Act II: Heller, lichter Wald: Nehmt mich auf, irh stillen Walder (Orpheus, Chorus)
> Orpheus - Act II: Heller, lichter Wald: Weh, dunkles Schicksal! Weh, schweres Verhangnis! (Botin, Orpheus, Chorus)
> Orpheus - Act II: Heller, lichter Wald: Lament: Eurydike, bist du mir erloschen (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Bin ich hinab getaucht ins Reich der Schatten (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Halt du, der du ins Land des Todes niedersteigst (Wachter)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Du dunkler Warner, einsamer Wachter (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Des Lebens Stern sich einmal noch in diesen Tiefen spiegeln soll (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Allbezwingend tragt dein Sang, dein Leid ins Land der Schatten (Wachter)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Weh mir unselig Seligem, endlich dir nach bin ich (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Hat ganz des Leides Kraft dein Herz zerbrochen (Wachter)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: O gib sie mir zuruck! (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Zum Licht! Zum Leben! (Orpheus, Eurydike)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Besiegt hat Orpheus die Nacht (Chorus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Eurydike, meine Liebe bluht empor in meinen Liedern (Orpheus, Chorus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Eurydike, fuhlst du den Tag, dem wir entgegenschreiten? (Orpheus)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: Weh, dass des Lebens Sehnsucht im Land des Todes dich ergreift (Eurydike)
> Orpheus - Act III: Unterwelt: O lass mich untergehn in deinem Traum, in dir! (Orpheus)
> Lamento d'Arianna, SV 22 (arr. for voice, 2 harpsichords and double bass) - Lamento d'Arianna, SV 22 (arr. for voice, 2 harpsichords and double bass)

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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Works Details

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