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Gluck: Orfeo & Euridice / Muti, Baltsa, Gruberova, Marshall


Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 48270   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Edita GruberovaMargaret MarshallAgnes Baltsa
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.

"Here we have a curious mixture: an 'authentic' text—the original Italian version is followed, with none of the additions (even the most famous of them) from the French revision—but a full-bloodedly romantic performance of it. It is a very accomplished performance technically but I do find it quite alien to the work in its style. It is beautifully sung, by its own standards. Agnes Baltsa has a finely controlled, focused voice, capable of conveying strong feeling while preserving the purity of line. It is a reading of rare poise and dignity, free of any sort of emotional artifice. Muti does take care over the orchestral textures; the introduction
Read more of "Che puro ciel" is truly lovely, the balance between wind and strings finely calculated for the effect he is seeking."

-- S.S., Gramophone [3/1991]
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Works on This Recording

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Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Margaret Marshall (Soprano), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Language: Italian 

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