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


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

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

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


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


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.

“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

Presto Discs of 2015


DG Archiv - 4795315

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Gluck 300 years

Gluck 300 years


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)


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

FSK: 0

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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Format: NTSC

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