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Claudio Monteverdi L'ORFEO

Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall directs Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and the leading soloists of early opera in a beautiful period production of Monteverdi's favola in musica staged at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2002. Gilbert Deflo's stage direction reflects the sublime art and imagery found in Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, with its famous Hall of Mirrors, where the opera was first performed in 1607.

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Picture format: 16:9
Sound format: dts Surround / LPCM Stereo
Running time: 140 mins
Menu languages: GB
Subtitle languages: GB/F/D/ES (PAL) / GB (NTSC)
Cat. No.: OA 0842 D (PAL) OA 0843 D (NTSC)

L' Orfeo in Mantua - Stage director Gilbert Deflo, in Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, reveals the inspiration behind his staging of L'Orfeo

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'striking Spanish staging...' Best DVDs of the Year 2002 The Independent

'a sumptuous and original production...The cast is strong throughout... Gilbert Deflo givesa fascinating talk about the background of his stunning production...'
The Opera Critic

'riveting and magnificent staging...the very acme of authenticity...a memorable resultthat I recommend unreservedly.'

'I have never encountered such a truthful re-enactment of this seminal work, in both musical and scenic terms. Deflo's direction is inspired by the sublime art and imagery of Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, where the opera was premiered in 1607. Over all is the presiding genius of Savall, dressed, as are his players, to look like portraits of Monteverdi. He draws performances from his virtuoso band that seem the very acme of authenticity. If this is not how the composer meant his work to sound, I would be more than surprised… Add Deflo's fascinating words about his direction (an extra), a sound recording that has more presence than that on many DVD's, and Brian Large's percipient video direction, and you have a memorable result that I recommend unreservedly.'

Monteverdi, Claudio

Label: Opus Arte

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: OA0843D

Barcode: 0809478000334

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Release Date: 11/2002

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