Peri, J: Euridice

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Peri, J: Euridice

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3rd Dec 2012




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Peri, J: Euridice

Nerina Santini (Euridice), Rodolfo Faroli (Orpheus) & Adele Bona (Venus)

I Solisti di Milano, Angelo Ephrikian

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Italian composer Jacopo Peri is often referred to as the inventor of opera. Beginning his career as an organist and singer in Rome, he later became an employee of the Medici court, where he composed his early madrigals and instrumental music for plays. During the 1590s, Peri is rumoured to have met with musicians and philosophers including Jacopo Corsi and Ottavio Rinucci, and there is little doubt that these meetings led him to write the music for Rinuccini’s Dafne.

The single-act tragedy L’Euridice was written in the 1600s, again with a libretto by Rinuccini. The story was taken from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, though the ending was changed in order to bring it into line with the festivities for which its premiere was scheduled: the wedding of Maria de’ Medici and Henri IV of France. In this version, Orpheus, helped by Venus, is able to regain Euridice from the Underworld. The opera has long been considered a milestone of composition and is of extreme historical importance. In a preface to the work, Peri outlined his intentions to incorporate the slow movement of song and the more rapid one of speech to create compelling drama. The carefully measured musical rhythms and bassline, combined with unexpected dissonances at moments of heightened emotion, confirm Peri’s reputation as a master of sung drama.

This disc, created from a 1967 edition of L’Euridice by Angelo Ephrikian, boasts one of only two complete recordings of the opera, and stars Nerina Santini as Euridice, Rodolfo Faroli as Orpheus and Adele Bona as Venus.

Rarely recorded repertoire.

New booklet notes by early-music scholar Naomi Matsumoto.

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