Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea [Sung in English]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Although there had been sporadic performances of the operas of Monteverdi in the 20th century, Raymond Leppard was instrumental in bringing them, as well as the operas of Cavalli, to the sustained attention of broad audiences, and for that, music lovers will forever be in his debt. The modern Monteverdi renaissance began with Leppard's introduction of "The Coronation of Poppea" at the 1962 Glyndebourne Festival, and this recording of the opera, in the English translation of Geoffrey Dunn, comes from a live 1971 performance at the London Coliseum, featuring the Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus and Orchestra, with Janet Baker in the title role. This historically significant ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Although there had been sporadic performances of the operas of Monteverdi in the 20th century, Raymond Leppard was instrumental in bringing them, as well as the operas of Cavalli, to the sustained attention of broad audiences, and for that, music lovers will forever be in his debt. The modern Monteverdi renaissance began with Leppard's introduction of "The Coronation of Poppea" at the 1962 Glyndebourne Festival, and this recording of the opera, in the English translation of Geoffrey Dunn, comes from a live 1971 performance at the London Coliseum, featuring the Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus and Orchestra, with Janet Baker in the title role. This historically significant performance is likely to be of most interest to fans of Baker, who sings with luminous tone, and to scholars of the evolution of trends in historically informed performance practice. Clifford Grant is fully convincing in projecting Seneca's gravity and authority. John Brecknock and Iris Saunders are especially effective as Valletto and Damigella, and Anne Collins is very fine as Arnalta, as is Elizabeth Gale as Love. The sound of the BBC broadcast is relatively clean for a live performance of its period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115317228
  • Catalog Number: 3172
  • Sales rank: 335,241

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–22 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308 - Claudio Monteverdi & Janet Baker (151:21)
    Composed byClaudio Monteverdi
    Conducted byRaymond Leppard
    Performed byJanet Baker, Emile Belcourt, John Brecknock, Anne Collins, Elizabeth Gale, Clifford Grant, Raymond Leppard, Tom McDonnell, Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, Iris Saunders, Robert Ferguson, Katherine Pring, Norman Welsby, Shirley Chapman, Barbara Walker, Robin Donald, Anthony Davey, John Delaney
    1. 1Act 1. Sinfonia
    2. 2Act 1. Prologue. Virtue, go hide yourself away
    3. 3Act 1. Scene 1. Again I'm drawn here
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 1. My lord, do not go yet!
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 2. At last my hopes have ended
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 3. Oh, dishonoured Ottavia!
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 3. There stands that most ill-fated lady
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 3. The purple robes of emperors
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 4. Did I please you, my lord?
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 5. Though Fate allows all others to drink the wine
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 6. I can feel I don't know what
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 7. Solitude, beloved and treasured
    13. 13Act 2. Scene 1. Sinfonia - Since old Seneca's dead now
    14. 14Act 2. Scene 2. You, who received your rank and your honour
    15. 15Act 2. Scene 3. Since old Seneca's dead now
    16. 16Act 2. Scene 3. Here I am, here have I come
    17. 17Act 2. Scene 4. Oh happy, happy is Drusilla!
    18. 18Act 2. Scene 4. My lord, now you have good reason
    19. 19Act 2. Scene 4. Think of her, think of my Poppea
    20. 20Act 2. Scene 5. Ah, ah, my country
    21. 21Act 2. Scene 6. Sinfonia - To you, to you Poppea, our Empress
    22. 22Act 2. Scene 6. My beloved
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raymond Leppard Primary Artist
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