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Gluck: Armide [Live, Import, Box set]

Christoph Willibald Gluck , Mireille Delunsch , Charles Workman , Marc Minkowski , Les Musiciens du Louvre , Ewa Podles , Laurent Naouri , Françoise Masset , Nicole Heaston , Yann Beuron , Vincent Le Texier , Brett Polegato , Valérie Gabail , Magdalena Kozená , Thierry Grégoire , Jean-Christophe Hurtaud , Sandrine Rondot , Eric Vignau , Marcos Loureiro de Sa , Myriam Sosson , Claire Delgado-Boge Audio CD
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listen  1. Gluck: Armide - OvertureLes Musiciens du Louvre 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 2. "Dans un jour de triomphe"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 3. "Je ne triomphe pas"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 4. "Qu'importe qu'un captif manque"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 5. "Les enfers ont prédit cent fois/Un songe affreux"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 6. "Vous troublez-vous d'une image légère"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 7. "Armide, que le sang qui m'unit avec vous"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 8. "Je vois de près la mort"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 9. "La chaîne de l'hymen m'étonne"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 10. "Pour vous, quand il vous plaît"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 11. "Contre mes ennemis"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 12. "Si je dois m'engager un jour"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 13."Armide est encore plus aimable/Nos ennemies" ennemies/Suiv.."ennemis/SuivonsLes Musiciens du Louvre 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 14. AndanteLes Musiciens du Louvre 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 15. "Ô ciel! Ô disgrâce cruelle!Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Gluck: Armide / Act 1 - 16. "Poursuivons jusqu'au trépas"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 17. "Invincible héros"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - "Le repos me fait violence" / "Fuyez les lieux où règne Armide" / "J'aime la liberté"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 19. "Arrêtons-nous ici"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 20. "Esprits de haine et de rage" / "Dans le piège fatal notre ennemi s'engage"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 21. "Plus j'observe ces lieux"Les Musiciens du Louvre 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 22. "Au temps heureux où l'on sait plaire"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 23. "Ah! Quelle erreur, quelle folie"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 24. ModeratoLes Musiciens du Louvre 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 25. "On s'étonnerait moins"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 26. "Ah! Quelle erreur, quelle folie"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 27. "Enfin, il est en ma puissance"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 28. "Ah! Quelle cruauté de lui ravir le jour!"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Gluck: Armide / Act 2 - 29. "Venez, secondez mes désirs"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 30. "Ah! Si la liberté me doit être ravie"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 31. "Que ne peut point votre art?/Votre amitié .."Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 32. "De mes plus doux regards Renaud sut se défendre"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 33. "Que votre art serait beau!"Les Musiciens du Louvre 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 34. "Venez, venez, Haine implacable!"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 35. "Je réponds à te voeux"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 36. "Plus on connaît l'amour"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 37. AndanteLes Musiciens du Louvre0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen38. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 38. "Amour, sors pour jamais"Les Musiciens du Louvre 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen39. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 39. "Sors, sors du sein d'Armide"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 40. "Suis l'amour, puisque tu le veux"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen41. Gluck: Armide / Act 3 - 41. "Ô ciel! Quelle horrible menace!"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 42."Nous ne trouvons partout que des gouffres" / "Allons chercher Renaud"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 43. "Redoublons nos soins/On voit d'ici le séjour ..."Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 44. "Voici la charmante retraite"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 45. Musette - Second Air - MusetteLes Musiciens du Louvre 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 46. "Allons, qui vous retient encore?"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 47. "Enfin je vois l'amant"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 48. "Ce sceptre d'or... /Je tourne en vain les yeux.."Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 49. "D'où vient que vous vous détournez"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 50. "Pourquoi faut-il encore m'arracher mon amant?"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gluck: Armide / Act 4 - 51. "Fuyons les douceurs dangereuses"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 52. "Armide, vous m'allez quitter!"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 53. "D'une vaine terreur pouvez-vous être atteinte"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 54. "Aimons-nous"/"Témons de notre amour extrême"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 55. ChaconneLes Musiciens du Louvre 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 56. "Les Plaisirs ont choisi pour asile"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 57. "C'est l'amour qui retient dans ses chaînes"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 58. GracieuxLes Musiciens du Louvre 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 59. "Jeunes coeurs"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 60. Air sicilienLes Musiciens du Louvre 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 61. "Allez, éloignez-vous de moi"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 62. "Il est seul"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 63. "Notre général vous appelle"Les Musiciens du Louvre 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 64. "Renaud! Ciel! Ô mortelle peine!"Les Musiciens du Louvre 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 65. "Il faut partir"Les Musiciens du Louvre0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 66. "Le perfide Renaud me fuit"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Gluck: Armide / Act 5 - 67. "Quand le barbare était en ma puissance"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Christoph Willibald Gluck, Mireille Delunsch, Charles Workman, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Import, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B000026BO7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! March 2, 2000
By Izolda
Format:Audio CD
This is MY second Gluck's opera (after the French "Orphee et Euridice") and this set was a revelation to me. Minkowski, whose conducting was a major snag in his recording of Handel's "Ariodante", here appears to me as a real star of this magical show. It was a fascinating experience to me, a great Berlioz admirer, to finally find out why he was so fond of Gluck and to see how much Gluck's influence there is in Berlioz's music, especially in his early cantatas. Maybe it is Mireille Delunsch's wonderful voice which I know from a recording of Berlioz's cantata "Herminie" (with Herreweghe) that brings these comparisons to my mind. But it is first of all Minkowski's conducting, so colorfull and exciting that gives a "Berliozian" touch to this music. And what music it is! Throughout the set the singing is consistently delightful, with clear French pronuciation (from mostly native speakers). Mireille Delunsch as Armida is splendid and - contrary to what Stanley Sadie from "Gramophone" had to say about her performance (review in June 1999 p. 113) - she does make much use of her words as well as her impressive voice. As I said, I am a newcomer to Gluck and I have a long way to go before I can say that I know something about his operas, but this set certainly contaminated me with a "Gluckian" virus which I will not try to cure. And there is more Gluck to come from Minkowski...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gluck's Armide March 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
To modern music lovers, Gluck is best-known for his Orpheus and Euridice and, to a lesser extent, for Alceste. But he was also the composer of other operas which deserve to be remembered. Among these operas is Armide, which Gluck composed in 1777 for the Paris Opera. (By that time, he had revised his earlier versions of Orpheus and Alceste for staging in Paris.) In setting Armide, Gluck took the liberetto written by Phillipe Quinault which had been used by the great French composer Lully in his opera, Armide, presented in 1686. Thus, Gluck was deliberately setting himself in competition with the earlier master. After Gluck's opera, other composers have set the Armide story, including Haydn in an opera and Brahms in a cantata, Renaldo.

This CD of Armide features the musicians of the Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski and a distinguished cast of singers. Mr. Minkowski specializes in early music with an emphasis on scores and composers that have not received the attention they deserve. We are fortunate to have CD's readily accessible to explore Gluck's Armide. The work comes through in this release with intensity and passion.

Armide is a story of the power of love and of the war between love and hate. The heroine, Armide, is a sorceress who has just defeated an army of Christian crusaders. She values her freedom and declines to marry unless to a man who can defeat the crusader's hero, Renauld. In the course of the story, Armide casts a spell on Renauld to make him, for a time, love her. But, unfortunately for Armide, she falls in love with Renauld totally and unconditionally. Renauld is ultimately rescued and abandons Armide who bewails her loss mightily and destroys the magic palace she had built for herself and Renaud.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance of a neglected masterpiece July 22, 2004
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Having long admired Gluck, the one opera that was missing from my collection was "Armide," but I was not certain if this recording would bring out the dramatic side of his music. (So many modern, "historically-informed" performances of his music don't.) Upon listening, however, I felt that although the singers presented herein are mostly smaller-scale Handelians and Mozartians, they do indeed bring out some of the flavor of this fascinating work.

Unlike Gluck's "Alceste" or "Iphigenie en Tauride," "Armide" is less stark, less strophic, more melodic. One might almost describe it as "radical Mozart." Gluck seemed to be purposely striving here for an opera that was both inherently (which is to say, musically) dramatic and yet tuneful. The result is a delightful work in which recitatives, arias, ensembles and choruses slip seamlessly one into the other, much like the works of his Italian successor, Spontini.

Mark Minkowski drives this performance with incredible intensity from first note to last, and his singers are for the most part able and up to the task. Mirielle Delunsch and Charles Workman were particularly delightful, though the female supporting singers were likewise superb. Their voices are not only pretty and well-supported, but they understand the French style and have the characteristic "French vibrato" which adds to the color of the work. I was particularly struck by Renaud's lyrical, entrancing aria by the side of the stream, with its sparse yet piquant orchestration.

In 1909 Toscanini revived this opera at the Met with Olive Fremstad and Enrico Caruso, two singers known for having cannon-sized voices.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TALE OF TWO HALVES October 9, 2005
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It's possible to get a strong sense that this opera improves as it goes along. That's been my own experience with it, but it's not so easy to account for why. The best I can come up with is that it's not the performance that gives me this feeling but partly the music itself and above all the libretto.

The story seems to me to break cleanly into two distinct parts, the second part starting at act IV. From this point on we have abandoned Damascus and Christian armies and been spirited away to an enchanted island. Apart from the two principals Armide and Renaud (Rinaldo) acts IV and V have an almost completely new cast from the previous acts, and Armide has changed roles from being a powerful sorceress to being just another heroine spurned in love, a kind of downmarket Dido who finally just magicks herself away leaving the rest of them to their own devices, the Christian armies that the earlier acts were supposed to have been about literally nowhere. This in turn highlights two separate sides of the composer's personality - the dramatist and the composer of tableaux. He excelled in both capacities, but it may have been a bit much to expect him to switch from the former role (in the earlier acts) to the latter within the limits of a single work. Gluck was a musical rationalist and reformer, but also a musical politician and in-fighter, and I suspect that in Armide the two sides to his musical personality come into conflict to a certain extent, with the tableau-composer coming out on top. Keen to establish himself in Paris, he took over the traditional libretto used by Lully, involving a lot in the way of ballet-music and set-pieces in the later acts. Whether he would have done this given a freer hand and fewer entrenched interests to placate, I rather doubt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars (+)Gluck's favourite 'lyrical' opera - a fine show that could have...
This is a great work, and generally speaking, this 1996 recording does it justice. All of Gluck's"reforms" seem to get in the way of what I like in early(ish) opera-the fiorature,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Abert
3.0 out of 5 stars Look to Hickox for the drama that Minkowski misses
The 1996 Minkowski recording of this, Gluck's fourth opera for Paris, has languished on my shelves for years without my feeling much impulse to revisit it. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by Ralph Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Gluck - Armide / Delunsch, Workman, Naouri, Podles, Beuron, Polegato,...
Gluck - Armide / Delunsch, Workman, Naouri, Podles, Beuron, Polegato, Kozená, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski is a recording under the direction of Marc Minkowski who... Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Bjorn Viberg
3.0 out of 5 stars The Elusive Style of Gluck
Gluck wrote his first operas as the Baroque Era was dying. He created a new style of more straightforward expression. Read more
Published on June 7, 2010 by James S. Eisenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Armide by C W Gluck
Breathtaking, brilliant and hard driving orchestration, extraordinarily beautiful singing. It is almost as terrific as Gluck's masterpiece (no, not Orfeo, good as that is) but... Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by Ira T. Firestone
5.0 out of 5 stars Gluck, Quinault, what more could you want?
It seems to be the general consensus that Armide, while quite good, is not Gluck's strongest work. While that could be true, it certainly is my favorite opera by that composer,... Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by Zaida
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new take on Quinault's libretto
I owned the Philippe Herreweghe / La Chapelle Royale recording of Jean-Baptiste Lully's Tragédie lyrique, 'Armide', long before I bought Minkowski's recording of Gluck's... Read more
Published on September 18, 2006 by Steven Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely revelation
On first listening, Gluck seems awfully insubstantial. Part of the problem is the composer's style. Without da capo arias like Handel operas, there is little opportunity for that... Read more
Published on September 30, 2002 by Stephen Hannaford
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