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Orfeo

Thomson Smillie

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’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.
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Genres:

Music

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Timson

Length:

1h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:07