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Cecilia Bartoli, Bernhard Forck, Akademie für Alte Musik - Gluck: Italian Arias (2001)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Bernhard Forck, Akademie für Alte Musik - Gluck: Italian Arias (2001)

Cecilia Bartoli, Bernhard Forck, Akademie für Alte Musik - Gluck: Italian Arias (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 67:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 467 248-2 | Recorded: 2001

After the pan-global success of her disc of Vivaldi arias, mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is clearly a woman on a mission to rescue the neglected operatic output of otherwise well-known composers. Of the eight arias by Gluck on this disc, six have never been recorded before–and it's likely that the operas they have been taken from will be unknown to all but the most obsessive buffs. Unfortunately, even Bartoli can't quite make a case for all the material here: it sometimes lapses into the excessive passage-work and routine arpeggios which are especially obvious in the first track.

Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)

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Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)

Shani Diluka - The Proust Album (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 81:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296676253 | Recorded: 2020

Shani Diluka releases a great project dedicated to Marcel Proust and composers he loved, to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of his birth in 2021 and the 100-year anniversary of his death in 2022. It features Reynaldo Hahn's rarely played Piano Concerto and works by Fauré, Gluck, Massenet, R. Strauss, and Debussy. The album is recorded with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Hervé Niquet. The Proust album features Pierre Fouchenneret (violin), Natalie Dessay (soprano), and Guillaume Gallienne (narrator, from the Comédie Francaise).

Sophie Karthäuser, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Haydn: L'Impatiente (2019)

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Sophie Karthäuser, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Haydn: L'Impatiente (2019)

Sophie Karthäuser, Julien Chauvin, Le Concert de la Loge - Haydn: L'Impatiente (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 286 Mb | Total time: 61:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP 210 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

The Haydn series continues with the Paris Symphony no 87. Julien Chauvin and his orchestra keep shaking us up with historical instruments listening Haydn’s works and several other forgotten scores from the same period. All of them were commissioned for the Concert de la Loge Olympique - ancestor and model for Julien Chauvin and his musicians - and all of them sank into oblivion during the 19th century, except for Haydn’s symphonies. The release offers an opportunity to experience some rare works of Grétry, Lemoyne and Ragué and to revive the success that they once knew.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players - Gluck: Paride ed Elena (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 662 Mb | Total time: 79:39+66:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5415 | Recorded: 2003

Here is a splendid revival by Paul McCreesh and an excellent cast, as seen at the Barbican in 2003, of one of Gluck’s lesser-known dramatic works. Where the composer’s previous ‘reform’ operas, Orfeo and Alceste, had been dramas of life and death, Paride ed Elena deals with a gallant subject: Paris’s wooing of Helen, here betrothed rather than married to Menelaus. Cupid pulls the strings, while Athene appears as a malign dea ex machina to utter warnings of future carnage – which the lovers blithely disregard. McCreesh and his superb orchestra relish Gluck’s portrayal of contrasting worlds and generate plenty of tension when the emotional temperature finally begins to rise.Though Paride ed Elena is even more static than Alceste, variety comes from Gluck’s portrayal of the two contrasting national characters, Sparta and Troy.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 9 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 9 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 9 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.50 Gb | Total time: 06:28:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Gluck: Ezio (2008)

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Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Gluck: Ezio (2008)

Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Gluck: Ezio (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 691 Mb | Total time: 62:19+78:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 918 | Recorded: 2007

Gluck composed “Ezio” only one year after the success of “Orfeo”. It was premiered in 1763 at the Burgtheatre in Vienna. Although not as successful as “Orfeo” it contains many fine moments and this recording, in which Michael Hofstetter conducts a first rate cast, should introduce more opera listeners to this fine work. “….the representation of his (Gluck’s) early and middle years is patchy. All the more fitting then, to be able to welcome a thoroughly satisfactory issue of Ezio….. It is greatly to the credit of countertenor Franco Fagioli, who sings the part (Ezio, sung by the famous castrato Guadagni in the première) in this recording, that there is no sense of anticlimax: he produces firm, expressive singing, with delicacy where appropriate.”

Bomsori, Giancarlo Guerrero, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Violin on Stage (2021)

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Bomsori, Giancarlo Guerrero, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Violin on Stage (2021)

Bomsori, Giancarlo Guerrero, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Violin on Stage: Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Waxman, Massenet, Saint-Saëns (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 72:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 0788 | Recorded: 2020

A superstar in her homeland and in high demand worldwide as a soloist, South Korean violinist, Bomsori Kim, presents her solo debut on Deutsche Grammophon. Violin On Stage includes works written for or inspired by opera and ballet. Recorded in December 2020 at the state-of-the-art National Forum of Music in Wroclaw and performed with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and its music director, Giancarlo Guerrero, the album captures the close bond Bomsori feels with Poland, its music, and musicians.

Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

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Franco Fagioli, Malin Hartelius, Emmanuelle de Negri - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) 3 CDs
Franco Fagioli (Orfeo), Malin Hartelius (Euridice), Emmanuelle de Negri (Amor)
Accentus; Insula Orchestra; conducted by Laurence Equilbey

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 723 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 352 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Opera | Label: Archiv Produktion (DG) | # 00289 479 5315 9 | Time: 02:31:52

This is a full recording of the original Italian version (the “Vienna version” from 1762) of Gluck’s beloved take on the Orpheus myth, Orfeo et Euridice PLUS extra music written by Gluck for later performances of his opera. It includes virtuoso arias for Fagioli and as such represents a brilliant showcase for him and a collectible item for connoisseurs. This is Franco Fagioli’s first ever recording of a complete opera in which he sings the title role and since, the role has become one of Franco’s calling cards in recent seasons. It is known for its absolutely gorgeous music, including one of opera’s most audience-pleasing tunes, the uber-famous aria “Che farò senza Euridice”. This version of the opera (by far the most popular one) appears for the first time ever on period instruments on DG / Archiv, hence filling a major gap in our catalogue and is a substantial project featuring one of our exciting new signings in one of his finest roles.

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

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

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Chor - Christoph Willibald 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.

Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)

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Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)

Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 72:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | # TROY 655 | Recorded: 2004

Here we have the first complete recording of Gluck's charming one-act serenata teatrale for chamber orchestra and four treble voices, composed for the marriage of Hapsburg Archduke Joseph in January 1765. The Archduke's first wife had died. This time he was to marry the Bavarian princess, Maria Josepha. For this performance of the new Gluck work, four of the Archduke's daughters from his first marriage who were all accomplished musicians, sang roles in the new work. The new bridegroom's younger brother Leopold, conducted. That the four Archduchesses could successfully negotiate the florid soprano roles Gluck fashioned for them, is most impressive.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 417 Mb | Total time: 81:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Éditions Arts Florissants | # AF002 | Recorded: 2013

With Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, William Christie invites us to take a pleasant walk in the beautiful garden of French vocal music from the XVIIIth Century. Featured composers include Rameau and his contemporaries, and the repertoire ranges from opera highlights and profane cantatas to instrumental interludes. Christie's program presents a vivid overview of the music that was played in Versailles at the peak of its splendor. The album's vocal soloists are young singers who took part in Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices) - a biannual musical academy led by William Christie and Paul Agnew that is designed to unveil the most promising talents of the coming generation.

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).

Yosemeh Adjei, Corinna Schreiter, Martin Ellrodt, Neue Nürnberger Ratsmusik - Gluck: Im Reich der Schatten (2020)

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Yosemeh Adjei, Corinna Schreiter, Martin Ellrodt, Neue Nürnberger Ratsmusik - Gluck: Im Reich der Schatten (2020)

Yosemeh Adjei, Corinna Schreiter, Martin Ellrodt, Neue Nürnberger Ratsmusik - Im Reich der Schatten (Erzählt und musiziert nach der Oper Orfeo und Euridice von Gluck) (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 69:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coviello Classics | # COV 92104 | Recorded: 2020

Christoph Willibald Gluck was severely annoyed. He was now 60, and still had to deal with the same annoyances he had for decades: the turbulent life at the Paris Opera, for which he was always writing new stage works, the many rehearsals with petulant divas, the orchestra musicians, with whom Gluck was rarely satisfied. According to contemporary witnesses, he had to retire to the sickbed for a while due to exhaustion. Here he dreamt up a dream world: an opera radically freed of ballast, without ballet, without a large chorus, with only a few performers and a greatly reduced orchestra.

Renato Fasano, I Virtuosi di Roma, Shirley Verrett, Anna Moffo - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2011)

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Renato Fasano, I Virtuosi di Roma, Shirley Verrett, Anna Moffo - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2011)

Renato Fasano, I Virtuosi di Roma, Shirley Verrett, Anna Moffo - Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 611 Mb | Total time: 62:42+66:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony | # 88697855712 | Recorded: 1965

Shirley Verrett makes a deeply impressive Orfeo, firm and pure in sound, classically restrained in expression; and her "Che farò", at a moderate, beautifully judged speed, is very finely sung, poised and quietly moving. The set is conducted by Renato Fasano, whose pacing of the score shows a very sure touch. The dance music has a grace and lightness, and a stylistic command, that one might not have expected from an orchestra which in those days seemed to be fed chiefly on a diet of Vivaldi.

Samuel Mariño, Martin Hofstetter, Händelfestspielorchester Halle - Care pupille: Handel, Gluck (2020)

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Samuel Mariño, Martin Hofstetter, Händelfestspielorchester Halle - Care pupille: Handel, Gluck (2020)

Samuel Mariño, Martin Hofstetter, Händelfestspielorchester Halle - Care pupille: Handel, Gluck (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 71:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orfeo | # C998201 | Recorded: 2019

Venezuelan born male soprano Samuel Mariño (*1993) presents his debut album with baroque arias by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Georg Friedrich Händel. Gluck and Händel met each other and played music together in London in 1746. For this release, the original program of that concert was expanded with arias tailor-made for male soprano. This album is unique in every respect. It includes first recordings of works that are sensationally beautiful and that have never been heard before. And then there is a voice, a male soprano, singing for the first time in 250 years things that no man before him was able to sing.