La Storia di Orfeo

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La Storia di Orfeo

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Erato

Catalogue No:

9029585190

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd March 2017

Barcode:

0190295851903

Length:

63 minutes

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La Storia di Orfeo


Monteverdi:

Lasciate i monti

Air d'Orphee Rosa del ciel

Vi ricorda, o bosch'ombrosi

Vieni, Imeneo (from Orfeo)

Possente Spirto (from l'Orfeo)

Pietade oggi e Amore (from Orfeo)

Rossi, Luigi:

Mio ben decoil tormento più

Deh, più lucente (from Orfeo)

M’ami tu?... Se così dunque Amor fà (from Orfeo)

Deh, pietà! (from Orfeo)

Orfeo: Al Imperio d'Amore

Lagrime, dove sete? (from Orfeo)

Orfeo: Dormite Begl' Occhi

Lasciate averno (from Orfeo)

Amor vero e salda fé (from Orfeo)

Sartorio:

Orfeo: Sinfonia

Cara e amabile catena (from Orfeo)

Ahimè, Numi, son morta (from Orfeo)

È morta Euridice (from Orfeo)

Orfeo, tu dormi (from Orfeo)

Se desti pietà (from Orfeo)

Risvegliati, sù (from Orfeo)

Numi, che veggio... Non ti volger (from Orfeo)

Chiuso, ahimè, di Cocito... Rendetemi Euridice (from Orfeo)


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With Philippe Jaroussky’s new album, Storia di Orfeo, the French countertenor realises a long-held dream: to portray the mythic Orpheus – divine musician who ventures into the underworld to retrieve his beloved wife Eurydice from the clutches of death – in his many guises, an inspiration for the very first opera and beyond.

“This project, which was inspired by three key 17th-century operas, was conceived as a kind of opera in miniature or as a cantata for two solo voices and chorus, and features just two characters: Orpheus and Eurydice,” explains Jaroussky. “The three operas focus on different aspects of the story: Sartorio and Rossi depict the happiness of the young lovers and the scene in which Eurydice is bitten by the snake; Monteverdi, on the other hand, concentrates more on Orpheus’ search for Eurydice in the underworld, and the highpoint of his work is an aria that has remained without parallel in the history of opera: the magical ‘Possente spirto’, which I have the temerity to perform here as a countertenor, for the first time on record.”

He is joined by sublime soprano Emőke Baráth and period-instrument ensemble par excellence I Barocchisti with Diego Fasolis at the helm. A journey to the beginnings of opera, to the Italian Baroque, to the underworld and back.

Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo: Sinfonia

L'Orfeo: Sinfonia

Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo, Act 1: "Cara e amabile catena" (Euridice, Orfeo)

L'Orfeo, Act 1: "Cara e amabile catena" (Euridice, Orfeo)

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 1

"Vieni, Imeneo... Lasciate i monti" (Chorus)

"Rosa del Ciel" (Euridice, Orfeo)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 1

"Mio ben, teco il tormento" (Euridice)

"Che dolcezza è la certezza" (Euridice, Orfeo)

"Deh, più lucente" (Chorus)

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 2: "Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi" (Orfeo)

L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 2: "Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi" (Orfeo)

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 1: "Vieni, Imeneo" (Chorus)

L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 1: "Vieni, Imeneo" (Chorus)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 1: "M'ami tu?... Se così dunque Amor fà... Deh, pietà!" (Euridice, Orfeo, Chorus)

L'Orfeo, Act 1: "M'ami tu?... Se così dunque Amor fà... Deh, pietà!" (Euridice, Orfeo, Chorus)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 2: "A l'imperio d'Amore" (Chorus, Euridice)

L'Orfeo, Act 2: "A l'imperio d'Amore" (Chorus, Euridice)

Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo, Act 2: "Ahimè, Numi, son morta" (Euridice, Orfeo)

L'Orfeo, Act 2: "Ahimè, Numi, son morta" (Euridice, Orfeo)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 2: "Ah, piangete!" (Chorus)

L'Orfeo, Act 2: "Ah, piangete!" (Chorus)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 3: "Lagrime, dove sete?" (Orfeo)

L'Orfeo, Act 3: "Lagrime, dove sete?" (Orfeo)

Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo, Act 3: "È morta Euridice" (Orfeo)

L'Orfeo, Act 3: "È morta Euridice" (Orfeo)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 3: "Dormite, begl'occhi, dormite" (Chorus)

L'Orfeo, Act 3: "Dormite, begl'occhi, dormite" (Chorus)

Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo, Act 3

"Orfeo tu dormi?" (Euridice)

"Se desti pietà" (Euridice)

Antonio Sartorio, Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, Act 3: "Risvegliati, sù" (Euridice, Orfeo) - Monteverdi: Sinfonia (Orchestra)

L'Orfeo, Act 3: "Risvegliati, sù" (Euridice, Orfeo) - Monteverdi: Sinfonia (Orchestra)

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 2: "Possente spirto" (Orfeo)

L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 2: "Possente spirto" (Orfeo)

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 4: "Pietade oggi e Amore" (Chorus)

L'Orfeo, SV 318, Act 4: "Pietade oggi e Amore" (Chorus)

Antonio Sartorio: L'Orfeo, Act 3

"Numi, che veggio... Non ti volger " (Euridice, Orfeo)

"Chiuso, ahimè, di Cocito... Rendetemi Euridice" (Orfeo)

Luigi Rossi: L'Orfeo, Act 3

"Lasciate Averno" (Orfeo)

"Amor vero e salda fé" (Chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

June 2017

***

“Jaroussky’s expressiveness is irresistible. He squeezes maximum nuance from each word, sighing, languishing, and lamenting with utter conviction. As he does so, he also generously shares the spotlight, melting away to let his fellow musicians undergird his persuasiveness with their own”

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