Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Composer Claudio Monteverdi
Artist Sergio Vartolo cembalo, spinet & concert master
with his orchestra and vocal soloists
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 93104
EAN code 5028421931043
Release April 2006

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About this release

This is the first recording of the five act version of Monteverdi’s opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria! Since a 5 act libretto and a 3 act score have been handed down, it has taken a large amount of research to arrive at this version. Only this way, however, justice can be done to the composer’s treatment of the dramatic content of this work.

Of course Baroque composer Monteverdi is more or less the founder of opera as a genre. It al started with his Orfeo. This production of Ulisse is part of a trilogy of three operas by Monteverdi. The same performers have also recorded Il coronazione di Poppea and Orfeo directed by Sergio Vartolo.

Executed by a pre-eminently all-Italian cast and also Italian directed which greatly enhances the credibility and fluency of the performances.

The vocal cast consists of singers who all have won their spurs in early music performing. With baritone Loris Bertolo as Ulisse, tenor Davide Cicchetti as Iro, Makoto Sakurado as Telemacho and alto Gabriella Martellacci as Penelope.

The booklet contains the entire text in both Italian and English. A very extensive treatise on the backgrounds of the opera by early opera specialist Ellen Rostand is included as well.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Prologo: L'Umana fragilità. / Mortal cosa son io
  2. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 1: Scene 1: Sinfonia: Di misera regina
  3. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 1: Scene 2: Sinfonia: Duri e penosi
  4. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 1: [Scene 3 absent] / Scene 4: Sinfonia / Scene 5: Superbo è l'uom / Scene 6: In questo basso mon
  5. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 1: Scene 7: Dormo ancora o son desto?
  6. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 1: Scene 8: Sinfonia: Cara e lieta gioventù / Scene 9: Tu d'Aretusa al fonte

Disk 2

  1. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 2: Scene 1: Donate un giorno ob Dei
  2. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 2: Scene 2: Come, ob dome mal si salva / Scene 3: Pastor d'armenti può / Scene 4: Ulisse genero
  3. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 2: Scene 5: Sinfonia: Lieto cammino / Scene 6: O gran figlio d'Ulisse / Scene 7: Che veggio oh
  4. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 3: Scene 1: Eurimaco, la donna insomma
  5. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 3: Scene 2: Sono l'altre Regine / [Scene 3 absent] / Scene 4: Apportator d'alte novelle
  6. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 3: Scene 5: Compagni udiste
  7. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 3: Scene 6: Perir non puo'
  8. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 3: Scene 7: Io vidi
  9. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 4: Scene 1: Del mio lungo viaggio

Disk 3

  1. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 4: Scene 2: Sempre villano Eumete
  2. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 4: Scene 3: Generosa Regina
  3. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 4: Scene 4: Ecco l'arco d'Ulisse
  4. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: Scene 1: O dolor, o martir
  5. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: [Scene 2 eliminated] / Scene 3: E quai nuovi rumori
  6. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: Scene 4: Forza d'occulto affetto / Scene 5: E' saggio Eumete
  7. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: Scene 6: Fiamma è l'ira
  8. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: Scene 7: Gran Giove, alma de' Dei
  9. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: Scene 8: Ericlea che vuoi far?
  10. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Opera in 3 acts, SV 325: Act 5: Scene 9: Ogni vostra ragion / Scene 10: O delle mie fatiche