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Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)

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Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)

Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 565 Mb | Total time: 58:38+73:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 60 027-2 | Recorded: 1991

Among Gluck's three Italian 'reform' operas, Paride ed Elena (1770) comes, in every respect, third. Gluck's reformist notion, of concentrating in each opera on a single dramatic theme, is followed here as in Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, but in this case the theme—certainly to us, but seemingly to Gluck's own audiences too—is less momentous. We cannot be as excited as we are by the grand, all-embracing love-death themes of the other two by what Gluck himself described as the portrayal in music of the different characters of two nations, the Phrygians and the Spartans, ''contrasting the rude and savage nature of the one with all that is delicate and soft in the other'' (Spartan austerity, that is, against Trojan voluptuousness). It was originally criticized as of ''strange and unequal taste'', and I wouldn't disagree with that. It avoids, as Gluck said, ''the strong passions suitable to tragedy''; he must have thought of it as something of an experiment. He did not adapt it, as he did the other two, for Paris, and clearly never intended to, for he borrowed some of its music for the Paris Orphee (1774).
The story isn't quite as it is in familiar versions of the myth. Galzabigi no doubt adapted it to meet Gluck's special requirements. Helen is betrothed to Menelaus of Sparta, not married to him, and Paris arrives to woo her with the help of Amor, who disguises himself as a Spartan adviser to Helen. Paris is assigned 'exotic', amorous and eventually passionate music; Helen's is cool and restrained and for a long time she resists his pleas apparently with little difficulty and it is only by duplicity—angering Helen by pretending to go away after an impassioned declaration, then returning—that Paris ultimately secures his prize. The first of the five acts is in fact for Paris and his followers alone, just with Amore, a series of sensuous songs of which the first, ''O del mio dolce amor'', is the most enchanting, indeed ravishing, along with ballets; it is not until Act 3 that the work really begins to take fire with his ''Quegli occhi belli'', a response to her invitation to sing to the Spartans that alarmingly (to Helen) raises the sexual temperature. At the end of the opera, when Helen has capitulated, Athene utters (to the music of the overture) dire warnings about the consequences: but they are undeterred.
The role of Paris was written for a soprano castrato, Giuseppe Millico, who was admired for the seductive beauty of his voice. It is sung here, with a good deal of passion, by Roberta Alexandra, with considerable sensuousness of tone though a more womanly timbre than is perhaps ideal. But there is no want of intensity in her singing: listen to the third short aria in Act 1, for example, ''Spiage amate'', or the lovely ''Le belle imagini'' in Act 2, or the moving pleas in Act 4 before her aria ''Di te scordarmi'', and indeed that aria itself. Sometimes the singing becomes a shade gusty and near-frenetic, but that is at least partly a matter of characterization. Claron McFadden's Helen is sung well and intelligently, in a voice that has a touch of the Spartan austerity that Gluck asks for and in a manner that conveys both her sense of propriety and, at least in some degree, her final surrender to anger and then passion. The increasing anger in Act 3 at Paris's effrontery, the sense of her dilemma, is all admirably conveyed, and so too is the agitation in at the end of Act 4. Dorothea Frey provides a well sung Amor.
–Stanley Sadie

Performer:
Paride - Roberta Alexander
Elena - Claron McFadden
Amore - Dorothea Frey
Pallade - Kerstin Gianninger
La Stagione
Conductor - Michael Schneider

Track List:
CD1:
01. Ouverture
02. Atto Primo. Scena 1: Non sdegnare, o bella Venere (Coro, Una Voce, Paride)
03. Dall'aurea sua stella (Una Voce)
04. Spiagge amate, ove talora (Paride, Un Trojano)
05. Scena2: Stranier, la mia Regnia (Amore, Paride)
06. Ma chi sei? (Paride, Amore)
07. Scena 3: Felice te, che possessor sarai (Amore)
08. Nell'idea ch'ei volge in mente (Amore)
09. Ballo
10. Atto Secondo. Scena 1: Si presenti, mivegga di Priamo il figlio (Elena, Amore) / Scena 2: Regina! Oh Dei! (Paride, Elena, Amore)
11. Forse piu d'una belta (Elena, Amore, Paride)
12. Scena 3: Tutto qui mi sorprende (Paride)
13. La belle immagini d'un dolce amore (Paride)
14. Atto Terzo. Prence, la tua presenza il popolo di Sparta (Elena, Paride, Coro)
15. Negli strali, nell'arco possente (Tenore solo)
16. Non più! L'eroe trojano, illustri atleti (Elena)
17. Lodi al Nume nell'arco possente (Coro d'Atleti)
CD2:
01. Per te, signor (Elena, Paride, Amore)
02. Quegli occhi belli (Paride, Elena, Amore)
03. Ah ferma!… Ah senti! (Paride, Elena)
04. Mi fugge spietata (Paride)
05. Maestoso
06. Atto Quarto. Scena 1: Temerario! E non basta (Elena) / Scena 2: Vengo, o Regina (Amore, Elena, Paride)
07. Ah, lo veggo, ad ingannarmi (Elena, Paride, Amore) / Scena 3: Si, spietata (Paride, Elena)
08. Di te scordarmi, e vivere! (Paride)
09. Scena 4: Lo temei: non mi sento (Elena)
10. Atto Quinto. Scena 1: Elena a me s'asconde! (Amore, Elena)
11. Donzelle semplici, no, non credete (Elena)
12. Consolati, o Regina! (Amore, Elena) / Scena 2: Opportuno giungesti, Elena t'ama! (Amore, Elena, Paride)
13. Scena 3: T'inganni, il tuo destino (Pallade, Coro) / Scena 4: Che udii? (Elena, Paride, Amore)
14. Sempre a te saro fedele! (Paride, Elena, Amore)
15. Scena ultima: Viene al mar, tranquilla e l'onda (Coro, Amore)
16. Presto fugge la belta (Amore, Paride, Elena, Coro)


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Michael Schneider, La Stagione - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (1992)