Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Julia Hamari (Orfeo), Veronika Kincses (Euridice), Mária Zempléni (Amor)

Chor und Orchester der Ungarischen Staatsoper, Ervin Lukacs

Studio recording, 1979

Capriccio editionopera - C51192

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Elena De la Merced, Ewa Podles, Ana Rodrigo

Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Peter Maag

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Opera Explained: Gluck - Orfeo Ed Euridice

Opera Explained: Gluck - Orfeo Ed Euridice


Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice

An introduction to the Opera


David Timson (narrator)

Naxos Educational - Opera Explained - 8558122

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Kerstin Avemo (mezzo-soprano), Ann-Christine Biel (soprano), Maya Boog (soprano)

Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra, Drottningholm Theatre Chorus, Arnold Ostman

"Yet another feather in Naxos's cap: a superb live performance of the 1762 Viennese version of Gluck's first and best-known reform opera... What comes across most powerfully here is Gluck's wonderfully imagined, exquisitely coloured, delicate orchestral scoring. The playing - on period instruments, needless to say - is enhanced by the intimacy of this magical place, and Ostman shapes the work with deft care." - Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times 23 June 2002

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Recorded 1940


Kerstin Thorborg, Jarmila Novotna, Marita Farell

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


1762 Viennese version in Italian, recorded 2001

“Jacobs conducts an urgent, pungently characterised performance” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009

“Orfeo comes in many guises. There's Gluck's original Italian version, composed for Vienna in 1762, his adjusted version for Parma in 1769, his French revision of 1774 for Paris, and then the numerous, posthumous compromise texts that seek the best of both worlds by incorporating sections of the French version within the framework of the Italian. This version is 'pure' Italian, and although this means forgoing such famous and affecting music as the Dance of the Blessed Spirits, 'Cet asile' and the enhanced ending to 'Che farò', as well as the big D minor Dance of the Furies, it does offer a much more concentrated experience.
The tone of the performance is set by the highly energetic overture, with its forceful accents and its sharply defined textures and dynamics. Jacobs takes pains throughout to give a clear yet also rich quality to Gluck's highly original orchestral textures and to shape his phrases with style and awareness of the omnipresence of dance. However, it's the singer of Orpheus, even more than the conductor, who gives character to a performance of this work.
Often nowadays it's sung by a countertenor in preference to the contralto long favoured in the role, which was composed for a castrato anyway.
So which voice better suits the semi-divine Orpheus? Ultimately it depends on the artistry of the singer. Bernarda Fink sings the role here very beautifully and quite unaffectedly. Her great strength lies in her smooth, natural and very even tone and her command of line.
This is probably the best version of the Italian original with a woman as Orpheus, and can be recommended without hesitation to anyone who prefers to avoid the male alto voice. If you prefer to stick with the male voice the choice lies between Michael Chance's beautifully sung version under Frieder Bernius (Sony) and Derek Lee Ragin's ardent impersonation in Gardiner's account; both are revealing, in quite different ways, of this very special work.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Franco Fagioli (Orfeo), Malin Hartelius (Euridice), Emmanuelle de Negri (Amor)

Accentus, Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey

This is a full recording of the original Italian version (the “Vienna version” from 1762) of Gluck’s beloved take on the Orpheus myth, Orfeo et Euridice PLUS extra music written by Gluck for later performances of his opera. It includes virtuoso arias for Fagioli and as such represents a brilliant showcase for him and a collectible item for connoisseurs.

This is Franco Fagioli’s first ever recording of a complete opera in which he sings the title role and since, the role has become one of Franco’s calling cards in recent seasons. It is known for its absolutely gorgeous music, including one of opera’s most audience-pleasing tunes, the uber-famous aria “Che farò senza Euridice”. 

This version of the opera (by far the most popular one) appears for the first time ever on period instruments on DG / Archiv, hence filling a major gap in our catalogue and is a substantial project featuring one of our exciting new signings in one of his finest roles.

“Fagioli swoops from chesty tenor up to soprano and back again (sometimes in one breath), and he’s unafraid to fill Gluck’s lines with rich vibrato and plenty of ornamentation: this may be the closest we can get to Guadagni’s sound today (short of embarking on a mass programme of castration) but you do miss some purity and nobility...This is a big spotlight for the relatively little-known Insula Orchestra and Accentus choir, who are led by Equilbey with verve and delicacy.” The Times, 18th September 2015 ****

“[one] cannot help but be struck here by [Fagioli's] even purity of line, the androgynous beauty of his tone and his sparing use of those baritonal lower registers…Equilbey and the Insula Orchestra are painstaking in their re-creation of Gluck's original sound world: period strings and brass underscore the harshness of Orfeo's isolation where the warmer sound of conventional instruments tends to console…the choral singing from Accentus [is] exceptional in its nobility and fervour.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

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Gluck 300 years

Gluck 300 years


Gluck:

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)

Iphigénie en Tauride

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)

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)


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, this special box set filled with three prize-winning productions of his most popular operas will be released. 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.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo / + DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Iphigénie en Tauride)

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

DVD Format: 3 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Languages / Subtitles: FR (Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride), IT (Orfeo ed Euridice) / GB, DE, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 356 mins

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Region Code: 0

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“Another great anniversary issue, including William Christie and Claus Guth's 2001 Iphigénie en Tauride from Zurich (starring Juliette Galstian and Rod Gilfrey and a marvellous Alceste from Stuttgart in 2006 - but it would be worth getting just for the 1991 Covent Garden Orfeo with Polish countertenor Jochen Kowalski and Gillian Webster supremely moving as the separated lovers.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Arthaus Musik - 107540

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