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L'Euridice

Giulio Caccini

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Florentine composers Jacopo Peri and Giulio Caccini were fierce rivals. History may never confirm with certainty which composer was the first to complete a setting of Ottavio Rinuccini's libretto for Euridice, but we do know that Peri's Euridice was the first performed in October 1600 at the wedding celebration of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici, and Caccini's Euridice was the first published, in December of the same year. Peri's opera has been occasionally performed and recorded, perhaps because of his historical significance as the composer of the first opera, Dafne, which appeared in 1598, but this is the first, long overdue recording of Caccini's. This remarkable performance by Scherzi Musicali, led by Nicholas Achten, reveals Caccini's opera as a work with the substance and depth to become standard for ensembles specializing in early Baroque repertoire. His vocal writing is fluid, with expressive recitatives and lovely, shapely ensembles. Like Monteverdi, Caccini shows a profound psychological understanding of the characters, expressed in writing that captures the subtly shifting emotions of the text. The vocal and instrumental performances are beyond reproach. Director Achten also plays theorbo and sings the role of Orfeo. All of the soloists have voices of exceptional purity and freshness. Based on photos in the booklet, most of them look like they are barely out of their teens, but there's nothing juvenile about their performances; they sing with flawless technique, a solid grasp of appropriate performance practice, and probing insight. With the equally accomplished instrumental ensemble, they interact with the sensitivity and intimacy of a string quartet, with the result sounding like chamber music. Ricercar's sound is clean and lively. Caccini's Euridice is a revelation, and this superb recording should be of interest to any fans of early opera and of the early Baroque in general.
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Nicolas Achten

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1
L'Euridice: Prologo: Aria di Romanesca
Scherzi Musicali
00:01:17

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

2
L'Euridice: Prologo (La Tragedia): Io che d'alti sospir
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:42

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

3
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena prima (Pastore del Coro): Ninfe ch'i bei crin d'oro
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:03

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

4
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena prima (Euridice): Donne ch'a miei diletti
Scherzi Musicali
00:02:42

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

5
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena prima (Coro): Al canto, al ballo
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:03

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

6
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena seconda (Orfeo): Antri ch'a miei lamenti
Scherzi Musicali
00:05:13

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

7
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena seconda (Dafne Nunzia): Lassa, che di spavento
Scherzi Musicali
00:02:53

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

8
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena seconda (Dafne Nunzia): Per quel vago boschetto
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:39

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

9
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena seconda (Orfeo): Non piango e non sospiro
Scherzi Musicali
00:01:22

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

10
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena seconda (Arcetro): Ahi mort' invid' e ria
Scherzi Musicali
00:02:45

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

11
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena seconda (Ninfa del coro): Cruda morte
Scherzi Musicali
00:06:11

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

12
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena terza (Arcetro): Se fato invido e rio
Scherzi Musicali
00:06:30

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

13
L'Euridice: Atto primo, Scena terza (Coro): Se de' boschi i verdi onori
Scherzi Musicali
00:02:13

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

14
L'Euridice: Atto secondo, Scena quarta : Aria di Romanesca - Scorto da immortal guida (Venere)
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:28

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

15
L'Euridice: Atto secondo, Scena quarta (Orfeo): Funeste piaggie, ombrosi orridi campi
Scherzi Musicali
00:03:41

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

16
L'Euridice: Atto secondo, Scena quarta (Plutone): Ond' e cotanto ardire
Scherzi Musicali
00:07:54

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

17
L'Euridice: Atto secondo, Scena quarta (Plutone): Trionfi oggi pietà ne' campi inferni
Scherzi Musicali
00:01:05

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

18
L'Euridice: Atto secondo, Scena quarta (Coro): Poi che gli etern' imperi
Scherzi Musicali
00:01:52

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

19
L'Euridice: Atto terzo, Scena quinta (Arcetro): Aria di Romanesca - Già del bel carro ardente
Scherzi Musicali
00:02:40

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

20
L'Euridice: Atto terzo, Scena quinta (Aminta): Voi che si ratte il volo
Scherzi Musicali
00:06:08

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

21
L'Euridice: Atto terzo, Scena quinta (Orfeo): Giotte al canto mio - Tu sei, tu sei pur quella (Ninfa)
Scherzi Musicali
00:05:16

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

22
L'Euridice: Atto terzo, Scena quinta (Coro): Biondo arcier che d'alto monte Aureo fonte
Scherzi Musicali
00:02:42

Scherzi Musicali, Performer - Nicolas Achten, Performer - Giulio Caccini, Composer

2008 Outhere 2008 Outhere

Album Description

Florentine composers Jacopo Peri and Giulio Caccini were fierce rivals. History may never confirm with certainty which composer was the first to complete a setting of Ottavio Rinuccini's libretto for Euridice, but we do know that Peri's Euridice was the first performed in October 1600 at the wedding celebration of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici, and Caccini's Euridice was the first published, in December of the same year. Peri's opera has been occasionally performed and recorded, perhaps because of his historical significance as the composer of the first opera, Dafne, which appeared in 1598, but this is the first, long overdue recording of Caccini's. This remarkable performance by Scherzi Musicali, led by Nicholas Achten, reveals Caccini's opera as a work with the substance and depth to become standard for ensembles specializing in early Baroque repertoire. His vocal writing is fluid, with expressive recitatives and lovely, shapely ensembles. Like Monteverdi, Caccini shows a profound psychological understanding of the characters, expressed in writing that captures the subtly shifting emotions of the text. The vocal and instrumental performances are beyond reproach. Director Achten also plays theorbo and sings the role of Orfeo. All of the soloists have voices of exceptional purity and freshness. Based on photos in the booklet, most of them look like they are barely out of their teens, but there's nothing juvenile about their performances; they sing with flawless technique, a solid grasp of appropriate performance practice, and probing insight. With the equally accomplished instrumental ensemble, they interact with the sensitivity and intimacy of a string quartet, with the result sounding like chamber music. Ricercar's sound is clean and lively. Caccini's Euridice is a revelation, and this superb recording should be of interest to any fans of early opera and of the early Baroque in general.
© TiVo

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