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From traditional performance to a variety of different approaches - this is how one could summarise the development of music theatre over the last 60 years. The so-called »historical performance practice« in particular has led to a change in listening habits, especially in the repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart. A pioneer of this »movement« was Nikolaus Harnoncourt. His recording of Orfeo can be considered a turning point in the performance practice of Monteverdi's stage works; it opened the doors for interpreters as diverse as Michel Corboz, John Eliot Gardiner, Jordi Savall, Philipp Picket, René Jacobs and Rinaldo Alessandrini. The gallery of these recordings clearly shows that the recording practice, often scolded as »ideological«, by no means presses musicians and singers into rigid moulds, but opens up a wealth of possibilities and freedoms.

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