Monteverdi: L’Orfeo – new Taverner recording

 ‘the most beguiling Monteverdi opera recording for years’  The Times

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)

L’ORFEO Favola in musica

Libretto by Alessandro Striggio (?1573–1630)

First performed Mantua 1607 (for the Accademia degli Invaghiti)

AV2278 (Avie)

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Taverner Consort
Taverner Players
directed by Andrew Parrott

‘ravishingly beautiful … It must surely rate amongst the best’  Musical Pointers

‘a sumptuous account of the world’s first great opera’  The Sunday Times

‘throroughly examined and deeply felt’  Gramophone

‘superb control … breathtaking ensemble … excellently engineered’  Time Out NY

‘The singing is first-rate throughout’  The Independent

‘thoroughly researched and reimagined … a gentle, lyrical vision of a miraculous opera’  The Observer

‘Loving, poetic … Charles Daniels is a wonderful Orfeo’  Classics Today

‘Quiet but lucid, this performance holds its own against strong competition’ The Daily Telegraph

‘[Charles Daniels’] assumption of the part … remains compelling through all its joys and sorrows’ Opera

‘A Whole New Old World – The Taverner Consort & Players seem to be inventing a new music, startling in its power and freshness.’ Opera News

Mastering Monteverdi’s Orfeo: David Vickers interviews Andrew Parrott for Gramophone

Recording Orfeo: a string player’s perspective by Oliver Webber

 

Charles Daniels (Orfeo)

Kirsty Whatley and Oliver Webber

(clockwise from L) Emily Van Evera, Simon Wall, Rodrigo del Pozo, Faye Newton

Jakob Lindberg

Hannah Tibell and Steven Devine