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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.
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Works on This Recording

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 

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