Donald Macleod follows Monteverdi on the road to stardom at the court of Mantua and uncovers, in this first programme, a musical obsession with sex and violence.
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Toccata from L'Orfeo
Performer: Le Concert d'Astrée, Les Sacqueboutiers, European Voices, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm
La giovinetta pianta
Performer: The Consort of Musicke, directed by Anthony Rooley
Si ch'io vorrei morire
Vivrò fra i miei tormenti
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Performer: Catherine Bott (Clorinda, soprano), Andrew King (Tancredi, tenor), John Mark Ainsley (Testo, tenor), New London Consort, conducted by . Philip Picket
L'Orfeo, (extract from Act 1)
Performer: Ian Bostridge, (Orfeo, tenor), Patrizia Ciofi (Euridice, soprano), Carolyn Sampson (Ninfa, soprano), European Voices, Le Concert d'Astrée, Les Sacqueboutiers, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm
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