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Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh

Gluck: The Great Operas / Various
Release Date: 07/15/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002088102  
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Derek Lee RaginSylvia McNairCyndia SiedenRichard Croft,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot GardinerMarc MinkowskiPaul McCreeshBernhard Forck,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi ChoirLes Musiciens du Louvre,   ... 
Number of Discs: 15 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

July 2, 2014 marks the 300th anniversary of early Classical opera composer Christopher Willibald Gluck. Featuring SEVEN full operas, and a special disc of historical recordings and rarities, this set pays homage to the key role of this composer in the development of opera as an art form.

Italian poet and librettist Calzabigi, described Gluck’s operas as ‘mighty passions at boiling point’, yet it was his purified expressive style shaped by dramatic dialogues and solemn choruses, that was hugely respected by those who followed. He influenced generations of composers – most famously Mozart and Berlioz - yet he has also inspired 300 years of commitment by top conductors and singers.

The special disc of Historic
Read more Recordings & Rarities which completes the set features some of today’s greatest exponents of Gluck’s music such as Cecilia Bartoli, Magdalena Kozena, Andreas Scholl and Juan Diego Flo?rez. It also features some of the greatest recording artists of generations past, such as Dame Janet Baker, Marilyn Horne and Kathleen Ferrier.

This set includes two recordings of Gluck’s most famous opera Orfeo. The original Orfeo ed Euridice composed for Vienna in 1762 (John Eliot Gardiner), and the 1774 Paris revision Orphee et Eurydice, for which the opera was recast in French and new music was added (Mark Minkowski). “As a total interpretation of the work, Gardiner’s Orfeo is more penetrating than any other in the catalogue” Gramophone, original review of Orfeo ed Euridice.

“What makes the set indispensible is the thrilling direction by Minkowski and the exhilaration of his orchestra.” The Sunday Times, original review of Orphe?e et Eurydice.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor), Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Cyndia Sieden (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Richard Croft (Tenor), Mireille Delunsch (Soprano), Marion Harousseau (Soprano),
Claire Delgado-Boge (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Live  Theatre de Poissy, France 
3.
Alceste by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Yann Beuron (Tenor), Dietrich Henschel (Bass), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone),
Nicolas Testé (Bass), Paul Groves (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Barbican Hall, London, England 
Length: 134 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Paride ed Elena by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Soprano), Susan Gritton (Soprano), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano),
Gillian Webster (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2003 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 146 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Armide by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Charles Workman (Tenor), Laurent Naouri (Baritone), Françoise Masset (Soprano),
Nicole Heaston (Soprano), Mireille Delunsch (Soprano), Vincent le Texier (Bass Baritone),
Yann Beuron (Tenor), Valerie Gabail (Soprano), Sandrine Rondot (Soprano),
Brett Polegato (Baritone), Myriam Sosson (Soprano), Eric Vignau (Tenor),
Thierry Gregoire (Countertenor), Jean-Christophe Hurtaud (Tenor), Magdalena Kozená (Alto),
Marcos Loureiro de Sa (Baritone), Ewa Podles (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
Venue:  Live  Grande Salle, Cité de la Musique, Paris 
Length: 139 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Iphigénie en Aulide by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), José Van Dam (Bass), René Schirrer (Baritone),
John Aler (Tenor), Bernard Delétré (Bass), Isabelle Eschenbrenner (Soprano),
Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano), Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Lynne Dawson (Soprano),
Gilles Cachemaille (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1774; Vienna, Austria 
Language: French 
7.
Iphigénie en Tauride by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), René Massis (Bass Baritone), John Aler (Tenor),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Sophie Boulin (Mezzo Soprano), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (Soprano),
Danielle Borst (Soprano), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), René Schirrer (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Language: French 
8.
La corona: Quel chiaro rio by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernhard Forck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Babelsberg Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Ezio: Misera, dove son!...Ah! non son io che parlo by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernhard Forck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Classical 
Written: 1750/1763; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Babelsberg Studios, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Alceste: Divinités du Styx by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Suzanne Danco (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1950 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Telemaco: Ah! non turbi by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1764; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
La rencontre imprévue: C'est un torrent impetueux by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Gérard Souzay (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Cornman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Vienna, Austria 
13.
La rencontre imprévue: Bel inconnu by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
14.
La rencontre imprévue: Je cherche à vous faire by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
15.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che puro ciel! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
16.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
17.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
19.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Pilar Lorengar (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
20.
Orfeo ed Euridice: L'espoir renaît dans mon âme by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor), Suzanne Danco (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
22.
Iphigénie en Tauride: O toi qui prolongeas mes jours by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
23.
La clemenza di Tito: Se mai senti spirarti sul volto by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Barbara Maria Willi (Harpsichord), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1752; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Dvorak Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 8 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24.
Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 

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