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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00006469J
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Overtura
2. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Coro: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta
3. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Recitativo: Basta, basta, o compagni!
4. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Ballo: Larghetto
5. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Coro: Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta
6. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Aria: Chiamo il mio ben così
7. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Recitativo: T'assiste Amore!
8. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Aria: Gli sguardi trattieni
9. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 1. Recitativo: Che disse? Che ascoltai?
10. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 2. Ballo: Maestoso... Coro: Chi mai dell'Erebo
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Disc: 2
1. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Recitativo: Vieni, segui i miei passi
2. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Duetto: Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte!
3. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Aria: Che fiero momento
4. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Recitativo: Ecco un nuovo tormento
5. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Recitativo: Ah finisca e per sempre
6. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Maestoso. Ballo: 1. (Grazioso) - 2. Allegro - 3. Andante - 4. Al
7. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Coro: Trionfi Amore!

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Opera Buff on November 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was actually the first complete opera that I bought and I loved every second of it. Since then I have purchased several other operas, but this one still remains a favorite of mine. The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque soloists express a moving "Ah, se intorno a quest'urna funesta" in the beginning of the opera, and yet still manage to come up with a captivatingly frightening "Chi mai dell 'Erebo" as Orfeo descends into the underworld. They are one of the highlights of this performance.

Derek Lee Ragin also plays a convincing Orfeo, and the combination of him and Sylvia McNair as Euridice creates some of the most lovely music on disk. While Ragin's tone is hardly perfect (especially in comparison to McNair's nearly perfect voice), the emotion he brings to the character in both the recitative passages and his moving "Che faro senza Euridice?", the opera's most famous piece, more than make up for it. Cyndia Sieden also makes a charming Amore, adding to the supreme vocal talent on this disk.

My only criticism is drawn out Ballo sections, particularly the last one right before the concluding "Trionfe Amore." They are tediously long and in an audio version of the disk, where one cannot see the choreography, unnecessary. Still, for the most part the orchestration is good, creating the desired effects with grace and charm.

An excellent production overall.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tanis on November 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Gardiner's newest set for Philips could not be more sharply contrasted with the earlier recording he made for EMI in 1989. Then he was persuaded at the Lyon Opera to record the Berlioz edition, in French. But all along Gardiner has much preferred the tautness of the original, Vienna version in Italian, which here on Philips he presents with a bite and sense of drama both totally in period and deeply expressive; the element of sensuousness, not least in the beautiful singing of the counter-tenor, Derek Lee Ragin, in the title role, complements the Elysian beauty Gardiner finds in such passages as the introduction to `Che puro ciel.' Sylvia McNair as Euridice and Cyndia Sieden as Amor complete Gardiner's outstanding solo team. One's only regret is that the set does not provide as a supplement such numbers written for Paris as `The Dance of the Blessed Spirits.' This has now been reissued at mid-price as part of Decca's `Compact Opera Collection.' However there is no printed libretto, only a CD-ROM facility which carries full text and translation so you can print it out via your computer.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tal Shahar on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Great singing by the marvelous counter- tenor Ragin and soprano McNair

Sensitive conducting
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