L'Orfeo  (Christie;  Henschel, Schiavo, Prina)  (Dynamic 33598)
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L'Orfeo  (Christie;  Henschel, Schiavo, Prina)  (Dynamic 33598)
DVD0416. L’ORFEO (Monteverdi), w.Christie Cond. Les Arts Florissants Ensemble; Dietrich Henschel, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Sonia Prina, Luigi de Donato, Antonio Abete & Agustin Prunell-Friend, etc. (Italy) Dynamic 33598, Live Performance, 2008, Teatro Real, Madrid. Director, set & costume designer: Pier Luigi Pizzi. Interviews with Christie, Pizzi, Henschel & Schiavo. - 8007144335984


“The performance is almost beyond criticism. All of the singers are well-schooled in period style. All sing with great beauty and emotion. The Orfeo of baritone Henschel is deeply moving….This production demonstrates anew the powerful drama of Monteverdi’s music and the beauty of Striggio’s text….Superb sound captures the colorful orchestration and exquisite performance....Pier Luigi Pizzi (director, set and costume designer) has created a great hall of the Palazzo Ducale (where L'ORFEO was first performed in 1607) complete with the ruling Duke and Duchess of Mantua sitting on the stage and even singing along in the happy festivities.”

- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2009

“An ensemble of singers and instrumentalists specialized in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants are renowned the world over. Founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, the Ensemble, named for a short opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, has played a pioneering role in the revival of a Baroque repertoire that had long been neglected (including the rediscovery of countless treasures in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France). Today that repertoire is widely performed and admired: not only French music from the reign of Louis XIV, but also more generally European music of the 17th and 18th centuries.”

- Les Arts Florissants