[ Harmonia Mundi DVD + Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc/DVD ]
Release Date: Friday 1 December 2017
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Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew - here both conductor and stage director - presents his intimate and 'sacred' version of the composer's first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi's masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.
"Cyril Auvity's tremulous and emphatic singing of the title-role has unstinting dramatic commitment: the shadowy silhouettes of the obbligato instrumentalists in 'Possente spirto' appear as if the underworld is conjured to do Orfeo's bidding). Miriam Allan's gentle Proserpina and Antonio Abete's dignified Plutone produce a tender depiction of devoted love."
Gramophone Magazine - December 2017 DVD of the Month