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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo(2002 Barcelona Liceu Opera) [DVD]
Product Description 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. Filmed in High Definition. Press Reviews "...striking Spanish setting..." (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 result that I recommend unreservedly." (Opera) Cast Montserrat Figueras (La Musica) Furio Zanasi (Orfeo) Arianna Savall (Euridice) Sara Mingardo (Messaggiera) Le Concert des Nations; La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Jordi Savall Stage Director: Gilbert Deflo Catalogue Number: OA0843D Date of Performance: 2002 Running Time: 140 minutes Sound: DTS Surround; LPCM Stereo Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Subtitles: EN Label: Opus Arte
I think I first heard this band in a recording of various settings of the venerable Song of the sybil, recorded for Harmonia Mundi in the late seventies. It struck a nice compromise between primitive plainsong, faux bourdon, & full bombast that left this auditor somewhat weary of the repetition. Overall its energy & enthusiasm encouraged further listening.
Now Signor Monterverdi's Orfeo is a much bigger challenge, & I think they meet it admirably. The band is brisk, bright, subtle as needs be, & technique generally tempers enthusiasm to produce a warm, measured balance between forces. Performers are paired so that one can distract from the occasional shortcomings of the other. The audience appears engaged. Mr Savall keeps his band on-tempo throughout, & they seem to be enjoying the experience - always a good sign. STage direction relies a bit too much on operatic posturing, for my tastes.
I was saddened to see Ms Figueras died shortly after making this DVD. Her Musica reminds us old fans of the soul, warmth & dark resonance she brought to the repertoire. I'll miss her a lot.
Sound quality has the spectacularity one has grown to expect from this source.
But, since this is my favorite opera [well actually "Le Nozzi" is my fave....this is 2nd] I am delighted to have a beautiful, rich and excellently sung version even if they do just stand there.
of any opera. A true period performance
down to the very core. It was a wonderful
idea, to have Les Concert des Nations dressed
as in Monteverdi's time, I think it adds
to the flavor. The singers were all wonderful
The producer Gilbert Delfo's Idea
of such performance comes in handy to
celebrate the 400th anniversary of
the first performance. Bravo Savall!!!!