Monteverdi - Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
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Cat No: 88985345922
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 15th July 2016
ArtistsFrederica von Stade
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The year 1640 saw a late masterpiece from the first great figure in opera history: Claudio Monteverdi and his Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – “The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland”. Raymond Leppard conducted a production at Glyndebourne in the early 1970s, based on his own edition of the textually problematic work – there are gaps in the only surviving score. Revived in 1979, the production – which has gone down in the annals of opera legend – was recorded by CBS. Gramophone’s reviewer declared the performance “gloriously vivid in humanity and splendour … The humanity lies in the expressive music for Penelope and Ulysses, sung with noble restraint and sincerity by Frederica von Stade and Richard Stilwell. Von Stade has probably never had a role that draws so fully upon her special character as an artist … The beauties of voice and character are exactly matched – as with some other great operatic performances of the past, the identity is complete.” This is the first CD release of this magnificent recording.
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