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Saturday, October 11, 2014 Permalink

The Orpheus Connection

Orpheus Playing His Lyre, by Benedetto Gennari (1563-1658)


In Greek mythology, his music could charm the very birds from the trees. For Jason and the Argonauts, he warded off the magical song of the Sirens, saving his shipmates from death on the rocks.

But in music, he’s best known for his failed attempt to retrieve his wife from the Underworld.

In this hour, Orpheus—in music by Monteverdi, Haydn, Gluck, Liszt, Offenbach, Stravinsky—and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Gluck: Orphee et Eurydice Orchestre de l'opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner EMI Classics 49834 077774983426
Baroque Reflections [for Gluck/Sgambati melody] Alessio Bax Warner Classics 2564 61695-2 825646169528
Monteverdi: L’Orfeo Lajos Kozma, Capella Antiqua Munchen; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Teldec 2292-42494-2 022924249426
Monteverdi: L’Orfeo [for opening Toccata] English Baroque Soloists, John Gardiner Archiv Produktion 419250-2 028941925022
All the World’s a Stage [for “Orpheus with his Lute”] Musica Donum Dei Gift of Music CCL CDG1110 658592111026
Charpentier: La Descente D'orphée Aux Enfers Les Arts Florissants, William Christie Erato 0630-11913-2 706301191323
Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice Richard Croft, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski DG Archiv 471 582-2 028947158226
Haydn: Complete Overtures  Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Manfred Huss BIS BIS-CD-1818 7318590018187
Liszt: Symphonic Poems Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur EMI Classics 5 75624 2 724357562423
Offenbach; La Belle Helene; Orpheus in the Underworld; La Vie Parisienne Kevin Miller, June Bronhill; Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Alexander Faris Classics for Pleasure 5 75999 2 4 724357599924
Igor Stravinsky Edition [for Orpheus ballet] Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky Sony SX22K46290 0074644629026
Auric: Orphee, Ruy Blas Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adriano Marco Polo 8.225066 636943506622
Glass: Orphee Suite Paul Barnes Orange Mountain OMM-0008 0801837000825
Menotti: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,, etc. [for The Death of Orpheus] Spoleto Festival Orchestra & Choir, Richard Hickox Chandos CHAN 9979 095115997925

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