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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Gluck: Alceste (2002)

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John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Gluck: Alceste (2002)

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Gluck: Alceste (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 607 Mb | Total time: 65:13+69:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 470 293-2 | Recorded: 1999

Gardiner illuminates Alceste's subtle colors and inflections, assisted by von Otter, whose perceptive performance as Alceste is one of emotional sincerity and spot-on vocal accuracy.
Despite being a watershed between baroque and classical opera - and a major influence on Mozart, Berlioz and even Wagner -Gluck (1714-87) is still best known today for one opera. Orfeo ed Euridice might be a masterpiece but it's one that has tended to overshadow his other fine achievements.
With this recording of Alceste, Sir John Eliot Gardiner redresses the balance and restores the most neglected of Gluck's great operas to its rightful place in the musical canon. The English conductor and early music specialist offers a reading of blistering psychological intensity and first-rate musical integrity. He also plugs an important gap on disc; the only other available recording of the 1776 Paris version of Alceste is 20 years old and features a musically marvellous but theatrically disengaged Jessye Norman in the title role.
Gardiner turns the full beam of his historically informed performance knowledge to the score, illuminating its subtle colours and harmonic inflections with a pace and power that never threaten to become too far, too fast. He's superbly abetted by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, whose perceptive performance as Alceste is one of emotional sincerity and spot-on vocal accuracy.
There's not a weak link in the supporting cast, either, with the English Baroque Soloists providing a sympathetic cushion on which rest Dietrich Henschel's stirring and strong High Priest and American tenor Paul Groves' youthful and refined Admète. The Monteverdi Choir is equally impressive in its role as chorus.
–Andrew MacGregor

Performer:
Alceste, epouse a Admete – Anne Sofie von Otter
Admète, roi de Thessalie – Paul Groves
Le Grand-Prêtre d’Apollon / Hercule – Dietrich Henschel
Evandre, un des chfs du Peuple – Yann Beuron
Un Hérault d’armes / Apollo, protecteur de la maison d’Admete – Ludovic Tézier
Oracle / Un Dieu Infernal – Nicolas Testé
Coryphées – Joanne Lunn, Katharine Fuge
Alceste’s Alter Ego – Gladys Massenot
Monteverdi Chor
English Baroque Soloists
Conductor - Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Tracklist:
CD1:
01. Overture
02. Acte I. Choeur: Dieux, rendez-nous roi, notre pète! / Recitatif: Peuples, ecoutez!
03. Choeur à deux parties: Ô malheureux Admète! / Recitatif: Sujets du roi le plus aime
04. Air: Grands Dieux! du destin qui m'accable (Alceste)
05. Pantomime
06. Récitatif: Dieu puissant (Grand-Prêtre) / Choeur et solo: Dieu puissant
07. Récitatif: Dispensateur de la lumière (Grand-Prêtre)
08. Récitatif: Immortel Apollon! (Alceste)
09. Récitatif: Apollon est sensible à vos gémissements (Grand-Prêtre)
10. Récitatif: Où suis-je? Ô malheureux Alceste! (Alceste)
11. Solo: Tes destins sont remplis (Grand-Prêtre, Alceste)
12. Air: Ombres, laves, pâles compagnes de la mort (Alceste)
13. Acte II. Choeur: Que les plus doux transports succèdent aux alarmes!
14. Ballet / Choeur avec la danse: Que les plus doux transports
15. Récitatif: Ô mon roi! (Plusieurs gens du Peuple, Evandre, Admète)
16. Récitatif: Alceste! - Cher époux! (Admète, Alceste)
CD2:
01. Choeur avec la danse: Parez vos fronts de fleurs nouvelles
02. Air: Ô Dieux! soutenez mon courage (Alceste)
03. Air: Bannis la crainte et les alarmes (Admète)
04. Air: Je n'ai jamais chéri la vie (Alceste)
05. Récitatif: Grands Dieux! pour mon époux (Alceste)
06. Air: Ah! malgré moi mon faible Coeur (Alceste)
07. Acte III. Récitatif: Nous ne pouvons trop répandre de larmes (Evandre, Coryphée)
08. Récitatif: Après de longs travaux (Hercule, Evandre, Coryphée, choeur)
09. Récitatif: Au pouvoir de la mort je saurai la ravir (Hercule)
10. Récitatif: Grands Dieux, soutenez mon courage (Alceste)
11. Air: Ah! Divnités implacable! (Alceste)
12. Récitatif: Ciel! Admète! (Alceste, Admète)
13. Air: Alseste, au nom des Dieux! (Admète)
14. Air: Caron t'appelle, entend sa voix (Un Dieu Infernal)
15. Cheur des Dieux infernaux et soli: Alceste! Le jour fuit
16. Soli et cheur: Ami, leur rage est vaine (Hercule, Admète, choeur)
17. Récitatif: Poursuit, ô digne fils du souverain des Cieux (Apollon)
18. Trio: Reçois, Dieu bienfaisant (Alceste, Admète, Hercule)
19. Récitatif: Ô mes amis! Alseste m'est rendue (Admète, Alceste, choeur)
20. Chaconne


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