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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo - Favola in Musica - Anna Dennis (vocals); Charles Daniels (tenor); Christopher Purves (bass); Clare Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano);...
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  1. La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318
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At the outset of Andrew Parrott's 2012 recording of Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the chatter and muffled laughter of the audience is heard while the opening Toccata sounds in the distance. This device creates a "you are there" effect, as if a time machine had transported everyone back to February 24, 1607, to witness the first performance of this opera, which is widely regarded as the first in history. This artifice unnecessarily obscures the opening of the piece, but the rest of this performance with the Taverner Consort ...