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Gluck: Armide / Minkowski, Delunsch, Workman, Naouri, Et Al


Release Date: 03/01/1999 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 459616   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Charles WorkmanLaurent NaouriFrançoise MassetNicole Heaston,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a great work, and this recording does it justice. Minkowski's band is superb.

This is a great work, and this recording does it justice. Gluck is not one of my favorites; all of his "reforms" seem to get in the way of what I like in early(ish) opera--the fiorature, huge ensembles, lengthy, melismatic diversions-- and often, I find his operas too "classical" and dry. Perhaps all they need is a great performance, as this one is, to come to life. Marc Minkowski takes an aggressive approach to the music and drama: The plot may come from Classical Antiquity, but the characters' emotions are fresh and fierce. His band is superb, from the pointed delivery of the reeds to that thwacking of the timpani
Read more and the strings' somewhat soft but precise attacks. And the horns can drive you crazy! Armide is a character who doesn't gracefully accept not getting her way, and her angry music is wonderfully performed by Michelle Delunsch, as are her sweeter, more cajoling moments. Charles Workman sings the role of Renaud with great tonal beauty and heroic utterance (if not heroic vocal weight). He and Delunsch are lovely in their Act Five duet. Laurent Naouri sounds somewhat insecure as Hidraot, but Ewa Podles, with only 10 minutes of music as the embodiment of Hatred, is spectacular. The remainder of the cast is very fine, and Archiv's engineers, despite the fact that this was taped live, have presented us with a clear soundstage filled with immediacy. This is a gem. [12/31/1999]

--Robert Levine
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Works on This Recording

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Armide by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Charles Workman (Tenor), Laurent Naouri (Baritone), Françoise Masset (Soprano),
Nicole Heaston (Soprano), Mireille Delunsch (Soprano), Vincent le Texier (Bass Baritone),
Yann Beuron (Tenor), Valerie Gabail (Soprano), Sandrine Rondot (Soprano),
Brett Polegato (Baritone), Myriam Sosson (Soprano), Eric Vignau (Tenor),
Thierry Gregoire (Countertenor), Jean-Christophe Hurtaud (Tenor), Magdalena Kozená (Alto),
Marcos Loureiro de Sa (Baritone), Ewa Podles (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Paris, France 
Venue:  Live  Grande Salle, Cité de la Musique, Paris 
Length: 139 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Selection recorded November and December, 1996. 

Featured Sound Samples

Act III: "Suis l'amour, puisque tu le veux"
Act V: Chaconne
Act V: "D'une vaine terreur pouvez-vous être atteinte"

Sound Samples

Armide: Overture
Armide / Act 1: 2. "Dans un jour de triomphe"
Armide / Act 1: 3. "Je ne triomphe pas"
Armide / Act 1: 4. "Qu'importe qu'un captif manque"
Armide / Act 1: 5. "Les enfers ont prédit cent fois/Un songe affreux"
Armide / Act 1: 6. "Vous troublez-vous d'une image légère"
Armide / Act 1: 7. "Armide, que le sang qui m'unit avec vous"
Armide / Act 1: 8. "Je vois de près la mort"
Armide / Act 1: 9. "La chaîne de l'hymen m'étonne"
Armide / Act 1: 10. "Pour vous, quand il vous plaît"
Armide / Act 1: 11. "Contre mes ennemis"
Armide / Act 1: 12. "Si je dois m'engager un jour"
Armide / Act 1: 13."Armide est encore plus aimable/Nos ennemies" ennemies/Suiv.."ennemis/Suivons
Armide / Act 1: 14. Andante
Armide / Act 1: 15. "Ô ciel! Ô disgrâce cruelle!
Armide / Act 1: 16. "Poursuivons jusqu'au trépas"
Armide / Act 2: 17. "Invincible héros"
Armide / Act 2: "Le repos me fait violence" / "Fuyez les lieux où règne Armide" / "J'aime la liberté"
Armide / Act 2: 19. "Arrêtons-nous ici"
Armide / Act 2: 20. "Esprits de haine et de rage" / "Dans le piège fatal notre ennemi s'engage"
Armide / Act 2: 21. "Plus j'observe ces lieux"
Armide / Act 2: 22. "Au temps heureux où l'on sait plaire"
Armide / Act 2: 23. "Ah! Quelle erreur, quelle folie"
Armide / Act 2: 24. Moderato
Armide / Act 2: 25. "On s'étonnerait moins"
Armide / Act 2: 26. "Ah! Quelle erreur, quelle folie"
Armide / Act 2: 27. "Enfin, il est en ma puissance"
Armide / Act 2: 28. "Ah! Quelle cruauté de lui ravir le jour!"
Armide / Act 2: 29. "Venez, secondez mes désirs"
Armide / Act 3: 30. "Ah! Si la liberté me doit être ravie"
Armide / Act 3: 31. "Que ne peut point votre art?/Votre amitié .."
Armide / Act 3: 32. "De mes plus doux regards Renaud sut se défendre"
Armide / Act 3: 33. "Que votre art serait beau!"
Armide / Act 3: 34. "Venez, venez, Haine implacable!"
Armide / Act 3: 35. "Je réponds à te voeux"
Armide / Act 3: 36. "Plus on connaît l'amour"
Armide / Act 3: 37. Andante
Armide / Act 3: 38. "Amour, sors pour jamais"
Armide / Act 3: 39. "Sors, sors du sein d'Armide"
Armide / Act 3: 40. "Suis l'amour, puisque tu le veux"
Armide / Act 3: 41. "Ô ciel! Quelle horrible menace!"
Armide / Act 4: 42."Nous ne trouvons partout que des gouffres" / "Allons chercher Renaud"
Armide / Act 4: 43. "Redoublons nos soins/On voit d'ici le séjour ..."
Armide / Act 4: 44. "Voici la charmante retraite"
Armide / Act 4: 45. Musette - Second Air - Musette
Armide / Act 4: 46. "Allons, qui vous retient encore?"
Armide / Act 4: 47. "Enfin je vois l'amant"
Armide / Act 4: 48. "Ce sceptre d'or... /Je tourne en vain les yeux.."
Armide / Act 4: 49. "D'où vient que vous vous détournez"
Armide / Act 4: 50. "Pourquoi faut-il encore m'arracher mon amant?"
Armide / Act 4: 51. "Fuyons les douceurs dangereuses"
Armide / Act 5: 52. "Armide, vous m'allez quitter!"
Armide / Act 5: 53. "D'une vaine terreur pouvez-vous être atteinte"
Armide / Act 5: 54. "Aimons-nous"/"Témons de notre amour extrême"
Armide / Act 5: 55. Chaconne
Armide / Act 5: 56. "Les Plaisirs ont choisi pour asile"
Armide / Act 5: 57. "C'est l'amour qui retient dans ses chaînes"
Armide / Act 5: 58. Gracieux
Armide / Act 5: 59. "Jeunes coeurs"
Armide / Act 5: 60. Air sicilien
Armide / Act 5: 61. "Allez, éloignez-vous de moi"
Armide / Act 5: 62. "Il est seul"
Armide / Act 5: 63. "Notre général vous appelle"
Armide / Act 5: 64. "Renaud! Ciel! Ô mortelle peine!"
Armide / Act 5: 65. "Il faut partir"
Armide / Act 5: 66. "Le perfide Renaud me fuit"
Armide / Act 5: 67. "Quand le barbare était en ma puissance"

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