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Gluck: Orphée Et Euridice / Fouchécourt, Dubosc, Le Blanc

Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660185-86   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Catherine DuboscSuzie LeBlancJean-Paul Fouchécourt
Conductor:  Ryan Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Lafayette OrchestraOpera Lafayette Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The quest for a definitive recording of Gluck’s 1774 Paris version of Orphée et Euridice continues apace with this new entry from Naxos. As a first recording from the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus and their conductor Ryan Brown, it’s an impressive achievement. Brown has a good feel for this genre, and the Opera Lafayette is not at all outclassed by more celebrated groups, such as the Musiciens du Louvre... For this reviewer, the lack in the Naxos recording of the magnificent concluding ballet and the exquisite “Tendre Amour” trio, both of which are present in every other set of the 1774 Orphée et Euridice, is a serious disqualifier, but nonetheless the set does have an ace up its sleeve. In addition to the good conducting and Read more orchestral playing mentioned above, Naxos offers as its Orphée, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, a singer who is probably the closest approximation that I’ve heard to a genuine French high tenor (haut-contre). It is an extraordinary pleasure to hear him sing the high-lying tessitura without any strain at all. As the first of his voice type to record Orphée, the tenor’s singing is nothing short of revelatory." - James Camner, FANFARE Read less

Works on This Recording

Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Catherine Dubosc (Soprano), Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ryan Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Lafayette Orchestra,  Opera Lafayette Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1762).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1774). 

Customer Reviews

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 Very close to an original performance. July 7, 2016 By David Fetz See All My Reviews "This performance of Gluck's opera is to my mind as close to what Gluck had in mind when he wrote it. Mr Fouchecourt's voice is about as perfect for this role as you are likely to find today. High, bright and elegant. The ladies and the orchestra are all excellent as well playing the familiar Ballet moments with style and verve. Beautiful performance. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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