Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)

This page lists all recordings of Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice), by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-87) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

1762 Viennese version in Italian, recorded 2001


“Jacobs, having once himself sung the title role, now directs a satisfying performance with Bernarda Fink as Orpheus.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“the orchestral playing … is sweet and light and utterly charming. Add to this the surely finest Orfeo on disc – that of mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink – and outstanding performances by sopranos Veronica Cangemi (Euridice) and Maria Cristina Kiehr (Amore), and the end result is moving and extremely beautiful.” Early Music Today, December 2014

“The sound is very fresh, the best of what a period sound can be; full of discovery and revealing something exciting” MusicWeb International, April 2015

Harmonia Mundi HMHeritage - HMY2921742/43

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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Gluck 300 Years

Gluck 300 Years


Gluck:

Alceste

Paris Version 1776. Live from the Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2006

Catherine Naglestad (Alceste), Donald Kaasch (Admète), Bernhard Schneider (Evandre), Catriona Smith (Le Coryphée), Johan Rydh (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon/Dieu infernal), Nam Soo Kim (La voix de l'Oracle), Motti Kastón (Apollon), Michael Ebbecke (Hercule), Wolfgang Probst (Un Héraut)

Staatsopernchor Stuttgart & Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) & Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito (stage directors)

Iphigénie en Aulide

Live from the Opernhaus Zürich, 2001

Juliette Galstian (Iphigenie), Rodney Gilfrey (Oreste), Deon Van Der Walt (Pylades), Anton Scharinger (Thoas) & Martina Janková (Goddess Diana)

Orchestra « La Scintilla » of The Zurich Opera House (on historical instruments), William Christie (conductor) & Claus Guth (stage director)

Orfeo ed Euridice

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1991

Jochen Kowalski (Orfeo), Gillian Webster (Euridice), Jeremy Budd (Amor)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen (conductor) & Harry Kupfer (stage director)


Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), called the opera reformer of the 18th century, greatly influenced the development of music theatre in his time. In honour of his 300th birthday, Arthaus Musik releases this special Blu-ray filled with three prize-winning productions of his most popular operas: Alceste from Stuttgart, awarded “performance of the year” in 2006 by the magazine Opernwelt, Iphigénie en Tauride from Zurich, led by baroque specialist William Christie, and Harry Kupfer’s legendary production of Orfeo ed Euridice from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Jochen Kowalski in the title role, which won the Olivier Award.

Bonus: Winds of Change, Winds of Love – The Life of Christoph Willibald Gluck (A Film by Inger Åby)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Formats: 16:9 (Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride) / 4:3 (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080/60i (Upscale)

Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 356 mins + 60 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Region Code: worldwide

Worldwide available

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Arthaus Musik - 108111

(Blu-ray)

$53.00

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Anita Rachvelishvili (Orfeo), Maite Alberola (Euridice), Auxiliadora Toledano (Amore)

Orquesta BandArt, Gordan Nikolić

Staged by La Fura dels Baus

Another fantastic staging by La Fura dels Baus. Recorded at the 25th Peralada Festival, Spain, 2011.

A splendid cast as well as an avant-garde production that makes extensive use of large projection screens and includes members of the orchestra as actors onstage result in one of the most exciting opera performances in recent years.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPqcM6PWsyc

This is the first Orfeo opera on Blu-ray!

Running Time Total: 110 minutes

Picture 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Subtitles Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

“Rachvelishvili is a natural performer with a beautifully full mezzo-soprano, but as yet a lightweight Gluckian.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 **

“Padrissa keeps the stage in a constant state of motion, often in ways that are conceptually rooted in historic authenticity...The big surprise is that, no matter how busy the screen becomes, it rarely distracts from the music...Rachvelishvili is a vocally robust, poetically alert Orpheus, though Auxiliadora Toledano steals the vocal honours in her wonderful portrayal of Amore” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

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C Major - 710404

(Blu-ray)

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Elizabeth Gale, Janet Baker

London Philharmonic Orchestrated, Raymond Leppard

Recorded: 1982 Glynbourne

DVD Video

Region: 2,3,4,5

Format: NTSC

Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5046739212

(DVD Video)

$15.25

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

("Vienna version" from 1762)


Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice

(Vienna version from 1762)


DG Archiv - 4795374

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Filmed at the Baroque Theatre of Cˇeský Krumlov Castle


Bejun Mehta (Orfeo), Eva Liebau (Euridice) & Regula Mühlemann (Amore)

Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks

Cinema Edition.

A Film by Ondrˇej Havelka.

The Baroque Theatre of Cˇ eský Krumlov Castle provides an ideal setting for one of the most important operas in music history, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Director Ondrˇej Havelka captures much more than a stage performance: combining period details with modern psychological interpretation he chooses a cinematic approach that literally takes us behind the scenes of this unique venue. Bejun Mehta, ‘arguably the best countertenor in the world today’ (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), lends credibility to the emotions tormenting Orfeo’s heart. As his beloved Euridice, Austrian soprano Eva Liebau juggles joy and jealousy. Bringing comic relief to the work’s dark tone is Regula Mühlemann as Amore, who cheerily sends mortals zigzagging on their way to life, love – and, maybe, death. Under the baton of baroque specialist Václav Luks, the splendid soloists are supported by the Prague orchestra and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704. This is the perfect new release to celebrate Gluck’s 300th anniversary in 2014!

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 75 mins

FSK: 0

Worldwide available

Region Code: 0

“[Mehta's] creamy tone and expressive use of vocal nuance is a notable strength...his acting is committed and his vocal articulation, expression and characterization are exemplary...Eva Liebau sings strongly and acts well as Euridice whilst Regula Mühlemann as Amore, in colourful attire, and after a spectacular entrance, does so as well.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2014

“Using the 1762 Vienna version of the score (with judicious cuts), it boasts an Orfeo of blazing dramatic commitment in countertenor Bejun Mehta and makes haunting use of light and shadow, especially in the great Hades scene.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

“At its best, indeed, in the unadorned unfolding of hell and then heaven, the experience strikes fire in a manner crucially lacking in other filmed Orfeos. Unfortunately, not even this one comes free of curious directorial glosses...But since [Mehta] is a superbly commanding, passionate interpreter of Gluck's vocal lines, and since his cast colleagues give accounts of their music no less sensitive, the powerful impact of the whole survives the passing flaws.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

“[Mühlemann] portrays the character [Amor] with great charm. Eva Liebau is excellent as Eurydice, uncomprehending and then furious...Mehta mourns Eurydice at the start with tenderness, and there's a nice sense of wonder at the Elysian Fields...The period orchestra under Vaclav Luks is fine. There is much to enjoy here.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

Presto Discs of 2014

Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - September 2014

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First Choice (DVD) - July 2014

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik - 102184

(DVD Video)

$27.25

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Filmed at the Baroque Theatre of Cˇeský Krumlov Castle


Bejun Mehta (Orfeo), Eva Liebau (Euridice) & Regula Mühlemann (Amore)

Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks

Cinema Edition.

A Film by Ondrˇej Havelka.

The Baroque Theatre of Cˇ eský Krumlov Castle provides an ideal setting for one of the most important operas in music history, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Director Ondrˇej Havelka captures much more than a stage performance: combining period details with modern psychological interpretation he chooses a cinematic approach that literally takes us behind the scenes of this unique venue. Bejun Mehta, ‘arguably the best countertenor in the world today’ (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), lends credibility to the emotions tormenting Orfeo’s heart. As his beloved Euridice, Austrian soprano Eva Liebau juggles joy and jealousy. Bringing comic relief to the work’s dark tone is Regula Mühlemann as Amore, who cheerily sends mortals zigzagging on their way to life, love – and, maybe, death. Under the baton of baroque specialist Václav Luks, the splendid soloists are supported by the Prague orchestra and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704. This is the perfect new release to celebrate Gluck’s 300th anniversary in 2014!

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Blu-Ray Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 75 mins

FSK: 0

Worldwide available

Region Code: worldwide

“[Mehta's] creamy tone and expressive use of vocal nuance is a notable strength...his acting is committed and his vocal articulation, expression and characterization are exemplary...Eva Liebau sings strongly and acts well as Euridice whilst Regula Mühlemann as Amore, in colourful attire, and after a spectacular entrance, does so as well.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2014

“Using the 1762 Vienna version of the score (with judicious cuts), it boasts an Orfeo of blazing dramatic commitment in countertenor Bejun Mehta and makes haunting use of light and shadow, especially in the great Hades scene.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

“At its best, indeed, in the unadorned unfolding of hell and then heaven, the experience strikes fire in a manner crucially lacking in other filmed Orfeos. Unfortunately, not even this one comes free of curious directorial glosses...But since [Mehta] is a superbly commanding, passionate interpreter of Gluck's vocal lines, and since his cast colleagues give accounts of their music no less sensitive, the powerful impact of the whole survives the passing flaws.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

“[Mühlemann] portrays the character [Amor] with great charm. Eva Liebau is excellent as Eurydice, uncomprehending and then furious...Mehta mourns Eurydice at the start with tenderness, and there's a nice sense of wonder at the Elysian Fields...The period orchestra under Vaclav Luks is fine. There is much to enjoy here.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

Presto Discs of 2014

Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - September 2014

Building a Library

DVD/Blu-ray Choice - July 2014

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Arthaus Musik - 108103

(Blu-ray)

$32.75

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Grace Bumbry, (Orfeo), Anneliese Rothenberger (Euridice), Ruth-Margret Pütz (Amor)

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann

Christoph Willibald Gluck is one of the great reformers of opera, departing from the tried and tested genres of opera seria in the 18th century: Metastasio’s drama per musica and Rameau’s tragédie lyrique. Gluck sought to restore dramatic truth to musical theatre, dispensing with long, virtuosic arias simply written to play to performers’ vanity, and providing a greater musical and dramatic coherence to his operas. His focus on clarity, simplicity and the return to nature is perfectly exemplified in his great work, Orfeo ed Euridice, the first of his ‘reform’ operas. The work owes much to the style of French opera, with its accompanied recitative and simple vocal lines.

This historic recording from 1966 features a young Grace Bumbry, who was recognised at the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2009 as a defining figure in American arts and culture.

Also featuring internationally renowned conductor Václav Neumann, the recording is an acclaimed interpretation of one of Gluck’s best-loved works.

Orfeo ed Euridice is Gluck’s masterpiece, his pure and perfectly balanced musical language lending a supernatural beauty and sublime pathos to this eternal tale of the power of love and the power of music.

The title-role is crucial in this opera, and this near-historic recording (1966) is blessed with the gorgeous voice of the young Grace Bumbry, one of the most unique voices of the 20th century. Anneliese Rothenberger and the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig under Vaclav Neumann further enhance the status of this recording as an ultimately moving performance practice.

Booklet contains synopsis and liner notes on the opera, libretto available on www.brilliantclassics.com.

Brilliant Classics Opera Collection - 94703

(CD - 2 discs)

$9.50

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Opera dOro - OPD1312

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Opera dOro - OPD1241

(CD - 2 discs)

$11.00

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