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L'Orfeo
(Mantua, February 24, 1607)
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The following selections are from the recording of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo by Nigel Rogers and Charles Medlam leading Chiaroscuro and the London Baroque Soloists (EMI 764947 2 [1984]). (Page numbers correspond to those printed on the original score (of 1609) at the top of the page in your sourcebook. You may want to refer also to the Outline and Synopsis.)

Toccata (1:36)
Prologue (5:53) -- p. 1

Act 1
In questo (1:42) -- p. 6
Vien' Imeneo (1:38) -- p. 8
Lasciate i monti (2:28) -- p. 10
Rosa del ciel (3:10) -- p. 13
Lasciate i monti (0:58) -- p. 15
Vien' Imeneo (0:50) -- p. 17
Ma s'il nostro gioir (1:15) -- p. 18
Alcun non sia (1:10) -- p. 20
Che poi che nembo (1:07) -- p. 22
E dopo l'aspro gel (1:21) -- p. 24

Act 2 [For more on Act 2, see the Playthrough and the Score Analysis.]
Sinfonia . . . Ecco pur (5:48) -- p. 26
Mira, deh mira (7:09) -- p. 35
Tu sei morta (2:43) -- p. 39
Ahi! caso acerbo! (3:37) -- p. 40
Chi ne consola (1:43) -- p. 42
Ahi! caso acerbo (3:25) -- p. 44

Act 3
Sinfonia (1:06) -- p. 46
Scorta da te (1:21) -- p. 48
Ecco l'atra palude (2:57) -- p. 48
Dove, ah dove (0:52) -- p. 49
O tu ch'innanzi (2:10) -- p. 50
Possente spirto (5:19) -- p. 56 [For more on "Possente spirto," go here.]
Orfeo son io (3:30) -- p. 62 [continuation of "Possente spirto"]
Ben mi lusinga (2:44) -- p. 65
Ei dorme (1:55) -- p. 67
Sinfonia ... Nulla impresa (2:58) -- p. 70

Act 4
Signor, quell'infelice (2:40) -- p. 74
Benche severo (1:56) -- p. 75
O, degli habitatori (1:09) -- p. 76
Quali gratie (1:37) -- p. 76
Pietade oggi (0:35) -- p. 77
Ritornello...Qual'honor (3:13) -- p. 78
Ahi, vista troppo dolce (2:05) -- p. 81
Sinfonia ... E la virtute (2:52) -- p. 82

Act 5
Ritornello ... Questi i campi di Traccia (4:57) -- p. 89
Ma tu, anima mia (3:04) -- p. 91
Sinfonia ... Perch'a lo sdegno (5:14) -- p. 93
Ritornello ... Vanne Orfeo (1:11) -- p. 97
Moresca (1:01) -- p. 100


The following selections from Act 2 are from the recording of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo by John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists (Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 419 250--2 [1987]). (Page numbers correspond to those printed on the original score (of 1609) at the top of the page in your sourcebook. You may want to refer also to the Outline and Synopsis, as well as the Playthrough and the Score Analysis )

Act 2
Sinfonia . . . Ecco pur (0:49) -- p. 26
Mira che sé n'alletta . . . Dunque fa degni, Orfeo (2:16) -- p. 28
Vi ricorda, o bosch'ombrosi (2:51) -- p. 32
Ahi, caso acerbo . . . In fiorito prato (9:28) -- p. 36
Ahi, caso acerbo . . . Ma io, che in questa lingua (2:49) -- p. 40
Sinfonia . . . Chi ne consola, ahi lassi? . . . Ahi, caso acerbo . . . Ma dove, ah dove . . . Ahi, caso acerbo (7:09) -- p. 42