Once a leading force in British early music, Andrew Parrott bounces back with this delightfully performed recording of Monteverdi's 1607 masterpiece. The approach is, as Parrott admits, "more poetic than dramatic", but he advances good scholarly reasons for that. And with Charles Daniels and Faye Newton superb as Orfeo and Euridice, and sensual singing and playing, this is the most beguiling Monteverdi opera recording for years.
Monteverdi L'Orfeo Andrew Parrott Taverner Consort & Players
— Richard Morrison, The Times