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Opera Explained: MONTEVERDI - Orfeo (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: MONTEVERDI - Orfeo (Smillie)

- 1 CD with 12-page booklet
- ISBN: 978-1-84379-101-0

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.

Monteverdi, Claudio

  Introduction to … MONTEVERDI Orfeo
1.   Background: Introduction 00:06:42
2.   Background: Monteverdi's early life and education 00:06:34
3.   Background: Monteverdi's other operas and performance practice 00:05:15
4.   Orfeo: Prologue 00:05:56
5.   Orfeo: A shepherd summons the chorus to sing 00:03:44
6.   Orfeo: Orpheus is told that Eurydice is dead 00:07:01
7.   Orfeo: Expressions of grief from the chorus and shepherds 00:03:46
8.   Orfeo: Orpheus descends into hell 00:07:13
9.   Orfeo: Charon's response to Orpheus 00:05:56
10.   Orfeo: Pluto's pronouncement 00:04:44
11.   Orfeo: Doubts assail Orpheus 00:06:47
12.   Orfeo: Orpheus's long lament and the first ending 00:06:11
13.   Orfeo: The second ending 00:07:06

Total Playing Time: 01:16:55

Monteverdi, Claudio

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.558174

Barcode: 0636943817421

Physical Release: 11/2008

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