Claudio Monteverdi

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The Return of Ulysses review – tenderness and thuggery plus a touch of the Pythons
A terrific cast, led by Tom Randle, emphasise the violence in this version of the Monteverdi opera, transposed to a traumatised modern-day Ithaca

Rian Evans

14, Jul, 2021 @3:30 PM

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From Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams: more musical voices who have changed our world
Over the past few months, our Know the Score series introduced 20 great composers. But what of the many we couldn’t write about? Martin Kettle suggests some other names whose music is well worth exploring

Martin Kettle

25, Nov, 2020 @1:36 PM

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
The tenor sings the title role and also conducts in this new recording that interest and spark but eccentricities; instrumentalists I Gemelli are very fine

Andrew Clements

08, Oct, 2020 @2:08 PM

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OAE/Curnyn review – startling and subtle Strozzi opens adventurous celebration
A revelatory performance of the madrigals of 17th-century composer Barbara Strozzi was a fine beginning for Kings Place’s year-long festival

Tim Ashley

11, Jan, 2019 @1:25 PM

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Passion review – Pascal Dusapin's haunting retelling of the Orpheus legend
The central pair give stunningly emotional turns in this hypnotic and erotically charged reworking of Monteverdi’s operas

Tim Ashley

15, Oct, 2018 @9:22 AM

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Debussy abounds, Ulysses returns and Rattle debuts: the best classical music for 2018
Monteverdi’s masterwork is given new life, two opera titans take on Verdi, and the London Sinfonietta launches a gender-fluid game show

Andrew Clements

03, Jan, 2018 @6:00 AM

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The top 10 classical shows of 2017
A magisterial Monteverdi cycle, Oliver Knussen’s adventures in haiku – and a hero’s return for Simon Rattle. Our critic picks his highlights

Andrew Clements

18, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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House of Monteverdi review – new music and MP3s take on the madrigal challenge
Work from Monteverdi’s magnificent Eighth Book of Madrigals was interwoven with new pieces inspired by it in this fascinating Spitalfields festival event

Tim Ashley

03, Dec, 2017 @1:48 PM

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Monteverdi: Selva Morale e Spirituale CD review – piercing, nimble confessionals
Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble/Heras-Casado
(Harmonia Mundi)

Kate Molleson

23, Nov, 2017 @3:40 PM

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Brecon Baroque festival review – vibrant Vivaldi and mesmerising Monteverdi
I Fagiolini delivered a gutsy, refined rendering of Monteverdi’s Other Vespers and the Brecon Baroque gave the Four Seasons thrilling new life

Rian Evans

29, Oct, 2017 @12:27 PM

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The Guardian view on opera: still powerful, still relevant | Editorial
Editorial: Opera, an artform that exemplifies Europe’s cultural interconnectedness, should not be written off as simply elitist

Editorial

27, Sep, 2017 @6:47 PM

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Monteverdi: Vespers 1610 CD review – fresh and clear
Dunedin Consort/Butt
(Linn)

Nicholas Kenyon

24, Sep, 2017 @7:00 AM

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