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Jacopo Peri: Euridice
Jacopo Peri, Anibal Cetrangolo, Bianca Simone
Jacopo Peri: Euridice
Genre: Classical
 
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Jacopo Peri's Euridice was written for the marriage festivities in Florence in 1600 of Marie de' Medici and Henri IV of France, Peri used as his text a poem by Ottavio Rinuccini that tells the familiar tale of Orpheus and ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jacopo Peri, Anibal Cetrangolo, Bianca Simone, Marisa Pugina, Sylva Pozzer, Alessandro Carmignani, Luca Dordolo, Mirko Guadagnini
Title: Jacopo Peri: Euridice
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Pavane
Release Date: 9/16/2000
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 789368605927, 5410939737222

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Jacopo Peri's Euridice was written for the marriage festivities in Florence in 1600 of Marie de' Medici and Henri IV of France, Peri used as his text a poem by Ottavio Rinuccini that tells the familiar tale of Orpheus and his bride. To improve the story's suitability for a marriage celebration, in this version the gods allow the lovers to live happily ever after. The earliest opera for which the music has survived, Euridice displayed a new musically enhanced and heightened form of speech that allowed a solo voice to move the story forward and respond to its dramatic needs. But there are two problems. Typically for its time, Euridice is entirely in the form of declamatory recitatives accompanied by basso continuo, with stylized characters, no true arias, and little sustained melody, and thus it becomes tedious to modern ears. Also, while the singers are excellent, the orchestra is dreary and the production as a whole lacks energy and vitality. The set will be valuable to those interested in the history of opera, less so to others. --Alex Morin