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Gluck: Opera Arias / Leppard, Baker, ECO


Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 422950   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

My original review of this did it less than justice. It is an excellent selection of arias by a composer of whom we still hear too little, the classical tragedies being nicely balanced by the excerpts from La rencontre imprevue (Gluck's last comic opera) and the intensely dramatic utterances of Iphigênie and Armide by the graceful charm of Paride ed Elena. Dame Janet has a supreme command of the range and change of emotions, and there are few more moving farewells on record than the "Adieu" of lphigenie en Aulide.

-- Gramophone [5/1984]
My original review of this did it less than justice. It is an excellent selection of arias by a composer of whom we still hear too little, the classical tragedies being nicely balanced by the excerpts from La rencontre imprevue (Gluck's last comic opera) and the intensely dramatic utterances of Iphigênie and Armide by the graceful charm of Paride ed Elena. Dame Janet has a supreme command of the range and change of emotions, and there are few more moving farewells on record than the "Adieu" of lphigenie en Aulide.

-- Gramophone [5/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Armide: Le perfide Renaud me fuit by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
2.
Iphigénie en Aulide: Vous essayez en vain by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
3.
Iphigénie en Tauride: Non, cet affreux devoir by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
4.
Alceste: Divinités du Styx by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
5.
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 
6.
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 
7.
Paride ed Elena: Spiagge amate by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
8.
Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
9.
Paride ed Elena: Le belle immagini d'un dolce amore by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
10.
Paride ed Elena: Di te scordami by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1975 
Venue:  London, England 
11.
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 
12.
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 

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