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Gluck: Orphee Et Eurydice / Juan Diego Florez


Release Date: 05/04/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001415502  
Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ainhoa GarmendiaAlessandra MarianelliJuan Diego Flórez
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real OrchestraMadrid Teatro Real Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is perhaps rather surprising territory in which to find Juan Diego Flórez. One glance at the cover should leave you in no doubt that he is the main attraction here. However, in many respects this opera might have been made for him.
 
Most of us know Orfeo best with a woman in the title role: Kathleen Ferrier, Janet Baker and Anne Sofie von Otter are among its most famous recent exponents. However, as Jeremy Hayes points out in his very useful booklet notes for this release, Gluck always conceived the part with a
Read more male protagonist in mind. His first two versions of it were composed for castrati, but when he was invited to produce a version for Paris in 1774 he knew that this would not do because in France the castrato voice was something of an object of ridicule. Consequently he rearranged it for a high tenor or, more accurately, an haute-contre. This voice type was intended to slide effortlessly between chest and head voice and would have taken most of the heroic roles in French opera of the time. If the role has more often been taken by a woman it is more testament to the fact that so few tenors today could attempt it. Enter Flórez. If any tenor today could tackle the role of Orphée it is surely him.
 
With such a singer in the title role it is bound to make you reassess what you know of this opera. Flórez’s renowned skills in coloratura and virtuosic singing should theoretically give him all the necessary equipment to assay this role and there are moments where he sounds fantastic. The bravura showpiece which ends Act 1, and which Gluck wrote especially for this version, sounds full and exciting in his hands and he also manages great pathos for the famous J’ai perdu mon Eurydice. If truth be told, though, to my ears he never sounded entirely at home in the role, as if the conventionally staid acting style brought out an aspect of his voice that he wasn’t entirely happy with. Even he is punished by the high tessitura at some moments. Don’t be misled, though: this remains a vocal performance of great distinction and it made me appraise the opera and this singer in a refreshing light; surely an achievement by itself."
 
-- Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

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Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Ainhoa Garmendia (Soprano), Alessandra Marianelli (Soprano), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: May/June 2008 
Venue:  Teatro Real, Madrid 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774): Overture
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Ah! Dans ce bois tranquille et sombre
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Ah! Dans ce bois tranquille et sombre
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Vos plaintes, vos regrets, augmentent mon supplice
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Pantomime [des bergers et des nymphes]
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Eloignez-vous: ce lieu convient à mes malheures
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Ritournelle
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Object de mon amour!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Eurydice! ombre chère!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Accablé de regrets
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Tendre amour, que tes chaînes
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: "Eurydice! Eurydice! De ce doux nom"
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Ballet général: Gracieux
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Plein de trouble et d'espoir
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Ballet général: Gavotte
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Divinités de l'Achéron
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Ballet général: Très lentement
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: L'amour vient au secours de l'amant le plus tendre
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: L'Amour triomphe
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Si les doux accords de ta lyre
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Soumis au silence
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: Impitoyables Dieux!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1: L'espoir renaît dans mon âme
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Maestoso...Quel est l'audacieux
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Laissez-vous toucher par mes pleurs
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Qui t'amène en ces lieux
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Ah, la flamme qui me dévore
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Par quels puissants accords
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: La tendresse que me presse
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Quels chants doux et touchants!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Air de Furies
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Ballet des Ombres heureuses
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Cet asile aimable et tranquille
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Quel nouveau ciel pare ces lieux?
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Viens dans ce séjour paisible
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Lent - Danse des Ombres heureuses
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: O vous, Ombres qui j'implore
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2: Près du tendre objet qu'on aime
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Viens, viens, Eurydice, suis-moi
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Viens, suis un époux qui t'adore
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Mais d'où vient qu'il persiste à garder le silence!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Fortune ennemie
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Je goûtais les charmes
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Quelle épreuve cruelle!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Ah! puisse ma douleur finir avec ma vie!
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3: Arrête, Orphée!

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