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This audiobook series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recordings of the complete works, the presentation is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

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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Item number 8558174
Barcode 636943817421
Release date 27/10/2008
Label Naxos Educational
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists David Timson
Composers Claudio Monteverdi
Disc: 1
Introduction to … MONTEVERDI Orfeo
1 Background: Introduction
2 Background: Monteverdi's early life and education
3 Background: Monteverdi's other operas and performa
4 Orfeo: Prologue
5 Orfeo: A shepherd summons the chorus to sing
6 Orfeo: Orpheus is told that Eurydice is dead
7 Orfeo: Expressions of grief from the chorus and sh
8 Orfeo: Orpheus descends into hell
9 Orfeo: Charon's response to Orpheus
10 Orfeo: Pluto's pronouncement
11 Orfeo: Doubts assail Orpheus
12 Orfeo: Orpheus's long lament and the first ending
13 Orfeo: The second ending
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