Critic’s Choice 2013
"...Andrew Parrott’s characteristically research-driven thoughtfulness, allied with supremely intelligent musicianship from all participants, nurtures a fresh perspective on Monteverdi’s score that is revelatory and beautiful in equal measure ..."
David Vickers - Gramophone magazine - December 2013
"Recorded to mark the 40th anniversary of the Tavener Consort and Players, this is a splendid celebration of that milestone as well as a very fine addition to the discography of Monteverdi’s 1607 opera... Daniel Charles is a very fine Orfeo, able to command public attention and evoke private sadness... This performance is alive with all that makes this opera matter: varied and expressive instrumental combinations set the scene ... All the singers and instrumentalists are extremely good. This is a captivating, gripping peformance ..."
Catherine Moore - American Record Guide - September/October 2013
Performance **** Recording ****
"... Charles Daniels is magnificent in the title role - technically brilliant, impassioned and lyrically supple... The rest of the cast is also good: the countertenor David Hurley gives us a stylish La Musica; Faye Newton is a pure and effectiive Euridice; and Emily van Evera brings enormous experience to the roles of the Messenger and Proserpina. As one may expect from Andrew Parrott, the instruments are very adroitly deployed and controlled..."
Anthony Pryer - BBC Music magazine - September 2013
"...Orfeo is a theatrical masterpiece and under Parrott’s gentle direction, it seems more remarkable than ever."
Simon Heighes - International Record Review - July/August 2013
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