Monday, 10 May 2010
Monteverdi L'Orfeo Milan full broadcast
Full broadcast (no cuts, no intervals) of Monteverdi L'Orfeo on BBC Radio 3 online and on demand until Thursday afternoon UK time. This is the production from Milan's Teatro La Scala in September 2009. Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts, but it's La Scala, so not quite the typical baroque ambience Monteverdi would have recognized. Still, it's visually stunning, elegant and classical in the true sense of the word (Robert Wilson). Lots of still photos on the BBC site and two clips here. Singing a little uneven but some very beautiful momemts. Sara Mingardo and Roberta Invernizzi lovely, Georg Nigl could be a bit higher toned. I like the way Alessandrini gets the La Scala orchestra to sound vigorous and unpolished. It's still Verdi Monteverdi but enjoyable nonetheless. I don't know why the BBC gives a link to Naxos, very shallow work there. I've been so busy this week, but finally made the time to listen and enjoy.