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Gluck: Opera Highlights / Kathleen Ferrier, Kirsten Flagstad

Gluck / Ferrier / Flagstad
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1034   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen FerrierAnn AyarsZoe VlachopoulosKirsten Flagstad
Conductor:  Fritz StiedryGeraint Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival ChorusSouthern Philharmonic OrchestraGeraint Jones Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This title contains an abridged version of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s 1762 landmark opera “Orfeo ed Euridice,” which was highly influential in the development of German opera, as well as five selections from Alceste, conducted by Fritz Stiedry and Geraint Jones respectively. A legendary recording of these works with spectacular performances by two of the twentieth century’s greatest voices, Kathleen Ferrier and Kirsten Flagstad.

Orfeo: “Stiedry’s approach… now seems to accord with modern ideas of how to treat Gluck, not marmoreally as was then the general custom but as live drama. In consequence Ferrier’s “Che farò?” here sounds to today’s ears much more plausible than the famous, more leisurely (later version).”
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“Darkly intense reading… Ferrier emerges in full expressiveness…” (Penguin Guide)

Alceste “speaks up powerfully for the Italian version… with a good deal of fire and spirit… But of course the real point of this recording is the assumption of the title-role by Kirsten Flagstad… It is a monumental performance in its way, with some spells of wonderfully free-flowing, open tone, and a passionate involvement… There are grand, noble things, of course, which any lover of her singing will want to hear, and it is a performance such as only a great singer could produce.” (Gramophone)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Amici, quel lamento by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Euridice! Euridice! Ah! Questo nome sanno by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Piango il mio ben così by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dalla cetra tua à dolci suoni by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Ayars (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
6.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Gli sguardi trattieni by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Ayars (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che disse! Ch' ascoltai! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 2 Prelude "Danza in Eb" by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Chi mai dell'Erebo fralle caligini by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Deh! placetevi con me! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Misero giovane...Mille pene ombre moleste by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che puro ciel! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Vieni ai regni del riposo by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
14.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Ah! Vieni o diletta by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
15.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Vieni con me o cara by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Ann Ayars (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
16.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Ah, dovess'io saper by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Ayars (Soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Zoe Vlachopoulos (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che fiero momento by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Ayars (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Ah! Per me il duol ricomincia! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Zoe Vlachopoulos (Soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Ann Ayars (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
19.
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 
20.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Ah! finisca e per sempre by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Gaudio, gaudio son al cuore by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Zoe Vlachopoulos (Soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Ann Ayars (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
22.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Trionfi Amore by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ann Ayars (Soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Alceste: Popoli di Tessaglia by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geraint Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraint Jones Orchestra
24.
Alceste: Io non chiedo by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geraint Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraint Jones Orchestra
25.
Alceste: Ove son, che ascoltai? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geraint Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraint Jones Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Alceste: Ombre larve by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geraint Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraint Jones Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Alceste: Ah per questo già stanco mio core by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geraint Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraint Jones Orchestra

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