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


Release Date: 09/30/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66507   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Agnes BaltsaEdita GruberovaMargaret Marshall
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 of "Che puro ciel" is truly lovely, the balance between wind and strings finely Read more calculated for the effect he is seeking.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [3/1991] Read less

Works on This Recording

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Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Margaret Marshall (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1762).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1774). 

Sound Samples

Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 1: Ah! se intorno a quest' urna funesta (Coro/Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 1: Basta, basta, o compagni! (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 1: Ballo (Dance of the Shepherds and Nymphs)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 1: Ah! se intorno a quest' urna funesta (Coro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 1: Chiamo il mio ben così (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 1: Numi! barbari Numi! (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 2: T'assiste Amore! (Amore, Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 2: Gli sguardi trattieni (Amore)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act I, Scene 2: Che disse? Che ascoltai? (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 1: Ballo - Coro - Ballo - Coro - Ballo
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 1: Deh! placetevi con me (Orfeo/Coro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 1: Misero giovane! (Coro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 1: Mille pene, ombre moleste (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 1: Ah! quale incognito affetto (Coro/Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice (1997 Remastered Version), Act II, Scene 2: Dance of the Blessed Spirits: Orfeo ed Euridice (1997 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 2: Che puro ciel! Che chiaro sol! (Orfeo/Coro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 2: Vieni a' regni del riposo (Coro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 2: Ballo
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 2: Anime avventurose (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act II, Scene 2: Torna, o bella (Coro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Vieni, segui i miei passi (Orfeo/Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte! (Orfeo/Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Qual vita è questa mai (Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Che fiero momento! (Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Ecco un nuovo tormento! (Orfeo/Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Che farò senza Euridice? (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 1: Ah! finisca e per sempre (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 2: Orfeo, che fai? (Amore/Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 3: Introduzione
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 3: Ballo I (Grazioso)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 3: Ballo II (Allegro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 3: Ballo III (Andante)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 3: Ballo IV (Allegro)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III, Scene 3: Trionfi Amore! (Orfeo/Coro/ Amore/Euridice)

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