L. Rossi: Orfeo / Piau, Mellon, Christie
Label: HARMONIA MUNDI
This is a very substantial work, covering three well-filled CDs. The music throughout is magnificent, richly scored, varying between recitative, arioso, aria, chorus, dance and other instrumental pieces. It includes some magnificent arias and choruses, such as 'Ah, piangete' on the death of Euridice. These are all beautifully played and sung here by an outstanding team of soloists, the choir and orchestra of Les Arts Florissants, all directed with superb panache and style by William Christie. The sumptuous continuo section is especially fine, and it's all very nicely recorded. Booklet notes are excellent, and complete texts as well as a useful scene-by-scene synopsis are provided.