• Recording

Harnoncourt & Monteverdi

Harnoncourts first Monteverdi-Zyklus reissued: Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt

9 CDs, Warner Classics (05/2014) 825646314829

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
L’incoronazione di Poppea
Cathy Berberian Sings Monteverdi

Söderström, Berberian, Egmond, Donath, Equiluz

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
The 1st Monteverdi Cycle, Aufn. 1968-74

From 1968 to 1974 Harnoncourt rediscovered the father of opera, Claudio Monteverdi, resulting in three studio recordings of his operas. These highly esteemed recordings are now re-released in a boxed set in the Das Alte Werk series, together with Harnoncourt’s Monteverdi album with the legendary Cathy Berberian, which has been out of print for many years. Featuring Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione de Poppea plus the great scene Lamento d ‘Arianna – the sole surviving fragment of the 1608 opera L’Arianna – the release is a complete edition of Monteverdi’s dramatic works. These productions are still regarded as milestones that should not be labelled as “historical recordings” – they sound as fresh and sensual as ever.

Warner Classics

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