L’ORFEO Claudio Monteverdi
GCD 920941. 2 CDs
Emanuela Galli: La Musica / Euridice Mirko Guadagnini: Orfeo Marina De Liso: Messaggiera Cristina Calzolari: Proserpina Matteo Bellotto: Plutone Josè Maria Lo Monaco: Speranza Salvo Vitale: Caronte Vincenzo Di Donato: Apollo Francesca Cassinari: Ninfa Giovanni Caccamo: Pastore I Makoto Sakurada: Pastore II - Spirito I Claudio Cavina: Pastore IIITony Corradini: Pastore IV - Spirito II
La Venexiana Claudio Cavina, director
Total playing time 52:34 + 62:18 Recorded at the San Carlo Church, Modena (Italy), in February 2006 Engineered by Roberto Meo Produced by Sigrid Lee & Stefano Aresi Executive producer: Carlos Céster Booklet essay by Stefano AresiEnglish – Français – Deutsch
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L’ORFEOClaudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
CD I (52:34)
Prologo 02 Dal mio Permesso amato
Atto Primo 03 In questo lieto e fortunato giorno 04 Vieni Imeneo 05 Muse, honor di Parnaso 06 Lasciate i monti 07 Rosa del ciel 08 Io non dirò qual sia 09 Lasciate i monti 10 Vieni Imeneo
Atto Secondo 11 Ecco pur ch’a voi ritorno 12 Ahi caso acerbo 13 In un fiorito prato 14 Tu se’ morta 15 Ahi caso acerbo 16 Ma io, ch’in questa lingua 17 Chi ne consola, ahi lassi? 18 Ritornello
CD II [62:18]
Atto Terzo 01 Sinfonia 02 Scorto da te, mio nume 03 Ecco l’atra palude 04 O tu, ch’innanzi mort’a queste rive 05 Sinfonia 06 Possente spirto e formidabil nume 07 Sol tu, nobile dio 08 Ben mi lusinga alquanto 09 Sinfonia 10 Ei dorme, e la mia cetra 11 Sinfonia 12 Nulla impresa per uom si tenta
Atto Quarto 13 Signor, quell’infelice 14 Benché severo ed immutabil fato 15 Pietade oggi ed amore 16 Qual onor di te fia degno 17 Ahi, vista troppo dolce e troppo amara
18 Dove te n’vai, mia vita? 19 Sinfonia 20 È la virtute un raggio
Atto Quinto 21 Questi i campi di Traccia 22 Sinfonia 23 Perch’a lo sdegno ed al dolor 24 Saliam cantand’al Cielo 25 Vanne Orfeo felice a pieno 26 Moresca
About this CD
As part of their comprehensive survey of the music of Claudio Monteverdi, Claudio Cavina and La Venexiana delivered an exceptional version of L’Orfeo, a reading which had been honed by their trailblazing interpretations of the composer’s madrigals. This highly-esteemed recording of the favola in musica – critics applauded and fêted it in many different countries – subsequently dropped out of the catalogue and Glossa is very pleased to have the opportunity to return it there as part of this year’s 450th anniversary commemorations of the composer’s birth.
The seductive power of Claudio Cavina’s interpretation lay, in part, in his choice of orchestral colours but also in his shaping of the mythical story of the shared love of Orfeo and Euridice, the latter’s death and descent into the Underworld, and the former’s efforts to rescue from there. Into that reading Mirko Guadagnini excelled with nobleness in the title role, and Emanuela Galli brought sensuality to that of Euridice (and fervour to her Musica), whilst other key roles were taken by Salvo Vitale, Marina De Liso and Josè Maria Lo Monaco. In keeping with his habits of the time Claudio Cavina also found a small part for he himself to sing – the third Shepherd in this case – a reminder not just of his own talents and legacy on record as a singer but of La Venexiana’s tight-knit ensemble approach also.
Claudio Cavina’s L’Orfeo has lost nothing of its grandeur in the passing of the years and is recommendable today as when it was first issued in 2006.