Listen to Monteverdi from The King's Consort

A stunning new disc of madrigals and opera selections

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'The star item in the opera selections is the aria "Possente spirto" from L'Orfeo, sung by Charles Daniels. He is vocally clear and magically acrobatic in the melodic cascades.' Anthony Pryer

Monteverdi
Heaven and Earth: extracts from L'Orfeo; pieces from the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Books of Madrigals; Scherzi musicali – 'Zefiro torna'; Fifth Book of Madrigals – 'Cruda Amarilli'; L'Incoronazione di Poppea – 'A Dio, Roma'

Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram, Julie Cooper (sopranos), Sarah Connolly, Diana Moore (mezzo-sopranos), Charles Daniels, John Bowen, James Gilchrist (tenors), Robert Evans, Michael George (basses); The King's Consort/Robert King

Vivat VIVAT 68:15 mins

Audio clip: 'Possente spirto' from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

For a full review pick up a copy of the October issue of BBC Music Magazine