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    Question Monteverdi on cd...............

    Hi,
    I'm thinking of purchasing his 3 great operas.
    Thinking of going Jacobs for all 3.
    Any opinions on the ones to get?
    thank you
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

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    I have Haim's version of Orpheo with Bostridge. Good!

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    I've got the Jacobs Poppea - excellent!

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    I like the Alessandrini L'Orfeo

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    I just got the Andrew Parrott L'Orfeo last month and love it. The booklet with it is nice and informative as well as having a very nice translation. The period instruments and the use of the male soprano is interesting and adds to it. Its a recording I've used as background for when I give massages and people respond well to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Hi,
    I'm thinking of purchasing his 3 great operas.
    Thinking of going Jacobs for all 3.
    Any opinions on the ones to get?
    thank you
    Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi series are all older performaces that have been recently re-packaged, I give a slight edge to Gardiner/Archiv for the 3 big operas.

    I really don't listen to Monteverdi operas much myself, I love all the new Naive label Vivaldi opera series, listen to them all the time

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Sep-03-2013 at 02:30.

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    Vartolo's Poppea is one of my favourite performances of any opera. Probably not for everyone as it strips the instrumentation down to the minimum making it almost a solo harpsichord recital.

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    New box set of these landmark recordings.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Quote Originally Posted by quack View Post
    Vartolo's Poppea is one of my favourite performances of any opera. Probably not for everyone as it strips the instrumentation down to the minimum making it almost a solo harpsichord recital.

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    I just ordered that one and am looking forward to it. It has a different singer (and voice type) for Nero in Act II than in Acts I and III.

    I started with the Harnoncourt set Itullian posted above and then branched out to second copies starting with Haim's L'orfeo (with Dessay and Prina) and Leppard's Ulysse (with von Stade).
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