Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)

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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

Walhall - WLCD0008

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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

Naxos Opera Classics - 8660064

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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


Elena De la Merced, Ewa Podles, Ana Rodrigo

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

Arts - 475362

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - C391952I

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

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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

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice

Recorded on 20th January 1940 at the Metropolitan Opera

Kerstin Thorborg (Orfeo), Jarmila Novotna (Euridice), Marita Farell (Amore), Annamary Dickey (Blessed Spirit)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Erich Leinsdorf

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Sung in German; recorded 26th June 1933

Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Frieder Weissman

Wagner:

Weiche, Wotan, weiche! (from Das Rheingold)

Einsam wachend...Habet acht! (from Tristan und Isolde)

So ist’s denn aus...Deiner ew’gen Gattin (from Die Walküre)

Höre mit Sinn was ich dir sage (from Götterdämmerung)

Recorded on 8th May 1940

RCA Victor Symphony, Karl Riedel


Broadcast commentary included.

Interview with Kerstin Thorborg [18:16], date and interviewer unknown

Guild Historical Immortal Performances - GHCD2317/18

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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.

“[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

“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 ****

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DG Archiv - 4795315

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Kathleen Ferrier: The Complete EMI Recordings

Kathleen Ferrier: The Complete EMI Recordings


Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Christe eleison

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Et in unum dominum

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

recorded in rehearsal in Vienna on 15th June 1950

Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Brahms:

Liebestreu, Op. 3 No. 1

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuß gehen (No. 12 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Elgar:

My work is done (from Dream of Gerontius)

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

recorded on 30th September 1944; sung in English as 'What is life to me without thee?'

Gerald Moore (piano)

Orfeo ed Euridice

performed in the 1889 Ricordi Edition; recorded live on 10th July 1951

Kathleen Ferrier (Orfeo), Greet Koeman (Euridice), Nel Duval (Amore)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera, Charles Bruck

Greene, M:

I will lay me down in peace

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

O praise the Lord

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Handel:

Spring is coming (from Ottone)

recorded on 20th April 1945

Gerald Moore (piano)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

recorded on 20th April 1945

Gerald Moore (piano)

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

recorded on 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Nun will die Sonn so hell aufgehn (Kindertotenlieder)

alternative take previously unissued; recorded 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus (Kindertotenlieder)

alternative take previously unissued; recorded 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Mendelssohn:

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

sung in English as 'I would that my love'; recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

sung in English as 'Greeting'; recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)


Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Issued to mark the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier’s birth, this 3CD set brings together for the first time all the EMI recordings by this great contralto, including two previously unissued tracks. In addition the booklet features three EMI publicity photos rarely seen since she first signed a contract with HMV/Colombia in 1944

Kathleen Ferrier (22 April 1912–8 October 1953) remains one of the best-loved British singers of our time. The eminent vocal expert Alan Blyth wrote of her in 1998: ‘Kathleen Ferrier, a legend in her own lifetime, has certainly become one since her untimely death in 1953. Her professional life, lasting little more than a decade, saw her rise from the obscurity of appearing with choirs in the north of England to the eminence of an international career in the company of such conductors as Barbirolli, Walter and Klemperer. It was an extraordinary transformation in every respect, but one wholly justified by the dignity and conviction of her singing and the commitment of her interpretations.’

CD1 begins with four test recordings of pieces by Gluck, Brahms and Elgar recorded by producer Walter Legge in June 1944 but not issued until 1978. Ferrier signed a one-year contract with EMI in September 1944 and her first commercial release was the two arias by the Baroque composer Maurice Greene that follow. Then come two Handel solos and five duets with soprano Isobel Baillie of compositions by Purcell and Mendelssohn. These completed Ferrier’s EMI contract and she then moved to Decca.

In 1949 Ferrier came back to EMI to record Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in London with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter, the great Mahlerian who had introduced Ferrier to this work, which closes CD1

CD2 begins with four items recorded at a rehearsal in June 1950 for a concert of the Bach Mass in B Minor in Vienna with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karajan. EMI was setting up its recording equipment in the Musikvereinssaal for another project while the rehearsal was taking place and the engineer, as a test, turned on the tape machine to capture, almost complete, these four precious Ferrier tracks, which include two solos and two duets with the soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Then comes a complete performance of Ferrier’s signature operatic role, that of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck. This live recording dates from a radio broadcast in July 1951 in Amsterdam.

CD3 concludes with two bonus tracks; these are reserve takes of the first and the fifth movements of Kindertotenlieder being issued here for the first time. This work was originally recorded on 12-inch waxes, with a tape machine running as safety back-up, as was EMI’s practice in 1949. Masters from the waxes were used for most of the original 78-rpm sides, but for the release of the work on CD, the back-up tapes were used, and these reserve ‘takes’ have also survived.

“The voice is unique, its emotional power palpable after all these years.” The Observer, 16th April 2012

“The voice is unmistakable: richly textured, darkly coloured, ringed with nobility, sadness too...In some tracks she almost sounds like the darker sibling of counter-tenor Alfred Deller, another vocal wonder of the time. But the resemblance is fleeting. And as this set proves, the longer Ferrier sang the more uniquely expressive she became. Even now, almost 60 years on, her death still leaves a hole.” The Times, 20th April 2012 ****

“plenty of treats on EMI’s contribution to the celebration” New York Times, 23rd November 2012

Presto Disc of the Week

23rd April 2012

Warner Classics - 9562842

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