Orpheus: Songs, Arias & Madrigals from the 17th Century | CPO 5551682

Orpheus: Songs, Arias & Madrigals from the 17th Century

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5551682

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th April 2018

Contents

Artists

Julian Pregardien (tenor)
Teatro del Mondo

Conductor

Andreas Kuppers

Artists

Julian Pregardien (tenor)
Teatro del Mondo

Conductor

Andreas Kuppers

About

Around 1600 the early Baroque solo song with instrumental accompaniment began sharing the musical stage with polyphonic Renaissance vocal works of contrapuntal stamp. Although this period was distinguished by musical forms of great diversity and variability, there was one clear premise: the immediacy of musical expression. Consequently, the person of Orpheus became one of the most important figures. He was the singer who accompanied himself on the lyre and expressed his deepest feelings textually and musically. Here, tenor Julian Prégardien teams up with the ensemble Teatro del Mondo led by Andreas Küppers, who has assisted René Jacobs and others for many years, to trace the representation and reception of this mythical singer in the seventeenth century. Accompanied by a great many instruments, the musicians cover the first operas in Italy, spend time with part songs and lute songs from England, and discover song collections from Germany. Dances and diminutions function as interludes. This is a CD like a painting: Orpheus sings and plays in the midst of shepherds, nymphs, animals, trees, and stones.

Music by:
- Robert Johnson
- Antonio Draghi
- Maurice Greene
- William Byrd
- Gabriel Voigtlander
- Jacopo Peri
- Johann Erasmus Kindermann
- Francesco Rasi
- Claudio Monteverdi
- Luigi Rossi
- Thomas Campion
- Henry Purcell
- Domenico Belli
- Giovanni Maria Trabaci
- Antoine Francisque
- Johann Steffens

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