Orfeo

Britten: Violin Concerto (Orfeo)

An eloquent performance of the main work with an interesting early work to complement it [SB]

Wagner: Die Feen (Orfeo)

A very fine cast and excellent sound makes this a decent version of Wagner’s difficult first opera [MP]

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Orfeo)

A colourful Wagnerian romp with two outstanding interpreters among the large cast [MP]

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Mozart: Zaide (Orfeo)

A very good cast in a version with more linking dialogue than on other recordings [MP]

Schumann: Symphony No. 1; Strauss: Sinfonia domestica (Orfeo)

(Déjà Review) Mitropoulos’ readings offer a must-hear, never less than fascinating experience [CC]

Orff: Prometheus (Orfeo)

A very original setting of the Aeschylus tragedy, declaimed and sung in Ancient Greek [RWe]

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Egk: Columbus (Orfeo)

An operatic rarity returns to the catalogue, and remains a worthwhile encounter [PCG]

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Orfeo)

(Déjà Review) Splendid performances that could hardly be bettered [IL]

Schubert & Mahler: Symphonies (Orfeo)

(Déjà Review) As a piece of history in sound I found these performances fascinating and very enjoyable [TD]

Carl Seemann (piano): The Orfeo Recordings (Orfeo)

Seemann’s live airings make a welcome return [SG]

Carl Seemann (piano) The Orfeo Recordings (Orfeo)

A 40th anniversary salute to a rather overlooked German pianist [JW]

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Pfitzner: Das Christ-Elflein (Orfeo)

Probably the most recommendable of the three recordings of Pfitzner’s Christmas tear-jerker despite its drawbacks [PCG]

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Szymanowski: Stabat Mater (Orfeo)

Penderecki’s Dies Irae is frighteningly powerful, but Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater is given an underwhelming performance [SW]