Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride

Opus Arte: OA1099D

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Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride


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Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride

Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, September 2011


Iphigénie en Aulide

Véronique Gens (Iphigénie), Salomé Haller (Diane), Nicolas Testé (Agamemnon) & Anne Sofie von Otter (Clytemnestre)

Iphigénie en Tauride

Mireille Delunsch (Iphigénie), Laurent Alvaro (Thoas), Jean-François Lapointe (Oreste), Yann Beuron (Pylade) & Salomé Haller (Diane)

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Marc Minkowski (conductor) & Pierre Audi (stage director)

DVD Video - 2 discs


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Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of the Greek King, Agamemnon. Will he sacrifice Iphigenia in order to secure fair winds for his voyage to Troy? In Aulis, the drama rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before, once more, the fickle gods intervene.

Gluck's operatic settings are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience.

First ever release together on DVD/Blu-ray.

Iphigénie en Aulide has never been issued before on DVD/Blu-ray.

Top international cast includes Véronique Gens as Iphigénie and Anne Sofie von Otter as Clytemnestre.

Marc Minkowski & Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble have been widely acclaimed for their Gluck performances.

Running time: 267 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/DU/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

BBC Music Magazine

May 2013


“in this performance every cross-hatched, baleful figure is crisp and clear...Veronique Gens's submissive, poised Iphigénie [en Aulide] becomes Mireille Delunsch's red-eyed, hysterical Iphigénie en Tauride...Both sopranos sing magnificently despite Audi's over-stylised movement direction.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2013

“[von Otter] presents a deeply sympathetic character...[Gens's] Iphigenia is equally touching and just as beautifully or two [production] oddities are far outweighed by the intensity that Pierre Audi secures from his team. Minkowski conducts superbly.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

July 2014

“Some of the finest French Classical stylists around come together under the baton of Marc Minkowski on this double-bill of Gluck's two 'Iphigénie' operas...Anne Sofie von Otter is a magnetic Clytemnestre.”

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