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1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 24 December 2007

The myth of Orpheus has provided the inspiration for operas, ballets, tone poems and other musical works throughout the ages. Catherine Bott looks at settings of this story, and plays music from works by Stradella, Luigi Rossi, D'India and Alessandro Scarlatti.


Monteverdi: Rosa del ciel (L'Orfeo)
Orpheus ...... John Mark Ainsley
Euridice ...... Julia Gooding
New London Consort
Philip Pickett (director)
L'Oiseau-Lyre 4335452 - CD1 Tr 6

Sigismondo d'India: Lamento d'Orfeo (Che veggio ohime)
Nigel Rogers (tenor)
Andrew Lawrence-King (arpa doppia)
Virgin Classics VC7592312 - Tr 7

Luigi Rossi: Passacgalia per arpa
Edward Witsenburg (harp)
Globe GLO 5182 - Tr 6

Alessandro Scarlatti: Poi che riseppe Orfeo - cantata
Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano)
Concerto Soave
Jean-Marc Aymes (harpsichord/director)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901725 - Trs 9-13

Stefano Landi: Instrumental suite from La morte d'Orfeo
EMI Classics CDC 7 54312 2 - Trs 14-16

Stradella: Fuor della Stigia sponda (Orfeo)
Christine Brandes (soprano)
Paul O'Dette (archlute)
Barbara Weiss (organ)
Harmonia Mundi 907192 - Tr 1

Luigi Rossi: Lasciate Averno (Orfeo)
Paul Elliott (tenor)
London Early Music Group
James Tyler (director)
Hyperion CDA 66153 - Tr 1.



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