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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (First Vienna Version, 1762)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Ann-Christine Biel, Maya Boog, Kerstin Avemo
  • Orchestra: Drottningholm Theatre Chorus & Orchestra
  • Conductor: Arnold Östman
  • Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos Opera
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000666A5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Gluck's "Orfeo and Euridice" is a venerable and treasured work. It is one of the earliest operas to retain its place in the repertoire.
The composer, Christoph Willbald Gluck (1714-1787), was one of music's true revolutionaries. He changed the character of opera from a vehicle for florid showpieces for vocalists to a drama in which the music illuminated and made a partnership with the text. Gluck's three revolutionary operas, Orpheo, Alceste, and Paris and Helena were written in Vienna from 1762-1770 in close collaboration with the liberettist, Ranieri d'Calabigi, in one of the most eventful collaborations in music history. Of these three operas, the best-known by far is Orpheo and Euridice,first written in 1762.
The performance of Orfeo on this CD is by the Drottningholm Theatre Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Arnold Ostman. Ostman and the Drottningholm have also produced a commendable CD of Alceste on Naxos, using Gluck's rarely performed original version of 1767. The version of Orfeo on this disk, likewise, is the initial Vienna version of 1762. There are recordings of several other versions available -- including Gluck's revision of his score in Paris in 1774, and editions by later composers, including Hector Berlioz.
Orfeo ed Euridice is a work of both passion and simplicity which never fails to move me in live performances or on recordings. The work is based upon a Greek myth in which Orpheus, grieving over the death of his wife, is given the opportunity to win her from the depths of Hades on conditions that he not look at her until the couple returns to earth and that he not disclose this condition to her. Orfeo's gift of song tames the spirits of Hades but, alas, the couple cannot keep the condition and Euridice dies again.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2003
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This recording of "Orfeo ed Euridice", though not the first 'historically informed' interpretation of 18th century European music I'd heard, was the most pivotal for me. Ostman and team (I attribute the unique results to all contributors, recordists as much as performers) have created with this recording a very special 'sound painting'. Period venue and instuments alone cannot account for the erie, 'sepia photo' feel imparted to the music. You simply must hear it and be transported to the underwordly time and place that Ostman surely intended to convey.
The orchestra often sounds to me like an enormous harmonium; the instrumentalists play with appreciably no vibrato throughout the performance. I love this sound whether the interpretation is true to Gluck's time or not. So honest and beautiful. Ostman also uses this approach successfully in a recording of Gluck's "Alceste".
As a sound and music lover I highly recommend this recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on May 7, 2010
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Orfeo Ed Euridice is a recording under the direction of Arnold Östman who leads Drottningholms choir and orchestra. Gluck influenced Mozart and especially when he wrote the Opera "Idomeneo". The roles are all sung by female singers and the part of Orfeo has been sung by female contralto for most of the 19th and 20th century instead of a male performer. Per-Erik Bolinson and Gilbert Blin have written well-written liner notes and the lyrics are available in Italian, German, French and English. A very fine recording indeed. 4/5.
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I found this a very interesting listen, being familiar with the other versions. I enjoyed it more from an historic perspective rather than for listening pleasure, but having said that, the performance had an 'original' feel to it.
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7 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Annio on August 15, 2003
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This is the wrost version of Orfeo ed Euridice: Arnold Ostrmann conducts very very quickly (the time recording is 65 minutes and a normal Viena version takes 95-100 minutes) and the singers are very bad, specially Anne Christine Biel (Orfeo) with a horrible voice and no tecnic. Don't buy this!
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