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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo - Aaron Sheehan (vocals); David Ripley (vocals); Deborah Rentz-Moore (vocals); Frank Kelley (vocals); Jeffrey Gall (vocals);...
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  1. La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318
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This recording of Orfeo by performers from the Massachusetts-based Aston Magna Festival has many things to recommend it. Primary among its virtues is the dramatic urgency of the performance. The protagonist's dilemma is presented with heartbreaking poignancy; characteristic is the intensity of the Messenger's announcement of the news of Eurydice's death, which is delivered and received with stricken anguish. The singers are consistently fine -- there are no weak links in the cast. Frank Kelley's Orfeo is sweet-toned and ...

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo 2008, Centaur Records

UPC: 044747293127