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Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice / Bumbry, Rothenberger, Neumann

Gluck / Rundfunkchor Leipzig / Neumann
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94703   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Grace BumbryAnneliese RothenbergerRuth Margaret PützWalter Olbertz
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio ChorusLeipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christoph Willibald Gluck is one of the great reformers of opera, departing from the tried and tested genres of opera seria in the 18th century: Metastasio's drama per musica and Rameau's tragédie lyrique. Gluck sought to restore dramatic truth to musical theatre, dispensing with long, virtuosic arias simply written to play to performers' vanity, and providing a greater musical and dramatic coherence to his operas. His focus on clarity, simplicity and the return to nature is perfectly exemplified in his great work, Orfeo ed Euridice, the first of his 'reform' operas. The work owes much to the style of French opera, with its accompanied recitative and simple vocal lines.

This historic recording from 1966 features a
Read more young Grace Bumbry, who was recognised at the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2009 as a defining figure in American arts and culture. Also featuring internationally renowned conductor Václav Neumann, the recording is an acclaimed interpretation of one of Gluck's best-loved works.

Other information:
- Includes plot synopsis and liner notes on the composer and work.
- Libretto available on www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano), Ruth Margaret Pütz (Soprano),
Walter Olbertz (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1966 
Venue:  Heilandskirche, Leipzig 
Length: 99 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta (Chorus, Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Basta, basta, o compagni (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Dance No. 1
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Aria: Chiamo il mio ben cosi (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Euridice, ombra cara (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Aria: Cerco il mio ben cosi (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Euridice, Euridice! (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Aria: Piango il mio ben cosi (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Numi, Barbari Numi (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: T'assiste Amore! (Amore, Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 2: Aria: Gli sguardi trattieni (Amore)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Che disse? Che ascoltai? (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Dance No. 2
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Chi mai dell'Erebo fra le caligini (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Dance No. 3
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Chi mai dell'Erebo fra le caligini (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Deh placatevi con me (Orfeo, Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Misero giovane, che vuoi, che mediti? (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Aria: Mille pene (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Ah, quale incognito affetto flebile (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Aria: Men tiranne (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 1: Ah, quale incognito affetto flebile (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 2: Dance No. 4
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 2: Arioso: Che puro ciel (Orfeo, Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 2: Vieni a' regni del riposo (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 2: Dance No. 5
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Anime avventurose (Orfeo, Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act II Scene 2: Torna, o bella, al tuo consorte (Chorus)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Vieni, segui i miei passi (Orfeo, Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Duetto: Vieni appaga il tuo consorte (Orfeo, Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Qual vita e questa mai (Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Aria: Che fiero momento (Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Ecco in nuovo tormento! (Orfeo, Euridice)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Aria: Che faro senza Euridice? (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Ah finisca e per sempre (Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 2: Recitative: Orfeo, che fai? (Amore, Orfeo)
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 3: Maestoso
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 3: Dance: Grazioso - Allegro - Andante - Allegro
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act III Scene 3: Trionfi Amore (Orfeo, Amore, Euridice, Chorus)

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