Notes and Editorial Reviews
Composed quite early in Gluck's career--well before he came to fame as an important reformer of the operatic genre--'Le nozze d'Ercole e d'Ebe' (performed in German on this recording from 1964), is a representative sample of opera between the Baroque and Classical periods. Typical in its musical forms and in its function as aristocratic entertainment, this "opera-serenade" told an allegorical tale of the marriage of Hercules and Hebe, in celebration of a lavish royal wedding in 1747.
Gluck had already had some operatic success in London and Milan, and recycled some arias in conventional da capo form from earlier projects for this brief work. Of drama there is little, but the music is lovely and befitting the pastoral topic. The duets
between the lovers, with both parts sung by sopranos, appealingly combine the two equal voices, and Jutta Vulpius as Hercules makes a strong impression. The lone male voice, that of Jupiter as sung by Peter Schreier, enters very near the end to bestow paternal benevolence over the proceedings. Overall, a worthwhile release, especially for listeners curious about the many works Gluck produced prior to his late Parisian masterpieces.
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Works on This Recording
Le nozze d'Ercole e d'Ebe by Christoph W. Gluck
Jutta Vulpius (Soprano),
Rosemarie Rönisch (Soprano),
Gertraud Prenzlow (Alto),
Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Written: by 1747; Dresden, Germany
Date of Recording: 04/1964
Venue: SBK Berlin
Length: 53 Minutes 49 Secs.
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