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Opera Explained: Monteverdi - Orfeo (Smillie)

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XM 8174
 
Opera Explained: Monteverdi - Orfeo (Smillie)
ISBN: 9781843793311
Download Size: 58 Mb
Running Time: 01:16:55
Release Date: November 2008
Originally recorded in 2008
Author
Thomson Smillie
Composer
Claudio Monteverdi
Producer
Genevieve Helsby
Engineer
Norman Goodman
Reader
David Timson
Genre:
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Monteverdi - Orfeo (Smillie)
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
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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