Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea

COMPOSERS: Monteverdi
LABELS: Virgin Veritas
WORKS: L’incoronazione di Poppea
PERFORMER: Arleen Auger, Della Jones, Linda Hirst, Gregory Reinhart, James Bowman; City of London Baroque Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
CATALOGUE NO: VCT 5 45082 2 DDDReissue
This recording of Monteverdi’s last and arguably his finest opera was made by a distinguished cast after their 1988 City of London Festival performances. Bowman’s Ottone is an arresting central performance with his characterful warmth of timbre. The arioso and recitative exchanges between Auger’s keenly felt, sensual Poppea and Jones’s dramatic and intense Nero are excellent. Elise McDougall