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Gluck: Alceste / Östman, Ringholz, Lavender, Et Al

Release Date: 08/31/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660066-68   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Teresa RingholzJonas DegerfeldtMiriam TreichlJustin Lavender,   ... 
Conductor:  Arnold Östman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre OrchestraDrottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Italian libretto with English translation included.

One of the great documents of opera history is Christoph Gluck's preface to the 1769 published version of 'Alceste,' in which the author sets forth his agenda for operatic reform. Gluck's intent was to "restrict music to its true office of serving poetry by means of expression and by following the situations of the story, without interrupting the action or stifling it with a useless superfluity of ornaments." Along with 'Orfeo' and 'Paride ed Elena' (Gluck's two other so-called reform operas), 'Alceste' was the product of Gluck's collaboration with the Italian librettist, Ranieri de Calzabigi. Indeed, Calzabigi was an equal partner in these reforms by providing
Read more Gluck with libretti that offered little opportunity for expression extraneous to the drama. Although Italian poetic language played such a central role in the reforms outlined in the preface to 'Alceste,' there has never been a complete recording of the original Italian version of this opera.
Until now, that is. The historic eighteenth-century Drottningholm Theater, Sweden, serves as the venue for this unprecedented recording, with Arnold Östman directing a fine cast which stars the American soprano Theresa Ringholz as Alceste. - Naxos Read less

Works on This Recording

Alceste by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Teresa Ringholz (Soprano), Jonas Degerfeldt (Tenor), Miriam Treichl (Soprano),
Justin Lavender (Tenor), Adam Giertz (Treble), Emelie Clausen (Treble),
Mattias Nilsson (Baritone), Johan Lilja (Bass), Lars Martinsson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Arnold Östman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Court Theatre, Drottningholm, Sweden 
Length: 146 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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