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Paride ed Elena

Christoph Willibald Gluck , Paul McCreesh , Magdalena Kozena , Susan Gritton Audio CD
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listen  1. Gluck: Overture - OvertureGabrieli Players 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gluck: Non sdegnare - Non sdegnareGillian Webster 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Gluck: "O del mio dolce ardor" - "O del mio dolce ardor"Magdalena Kozená 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gluck: Ballo - BalloGabrieli Players 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gluck: Dell'aurea sua stella - Ballo - Dell'aurea sua stella - BalloGillian Webster 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gluck: "Spiagge amate" - "Spiagge amate"Magdalena Kozená 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gluck: Stranier, la mia Regina - Stranier, la mia ReginaCarolyn Sampson 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gluck: Ma, chi sei - Ma, chi seiCarolyn Sampson 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gluck: Felice te, che possessor sarai - Felice te, che possessor saraiCarolyn Sampson 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gluck: Nell'idea - Nell'ideaCarolyn Sampson 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gluck: Ballo A - Ballo AGabrieli Players0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Gluck: Ballo B - Ballo BGabrieli Players 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gluck: Ballo C. Maestoso - Ballo C. MaestosoGabrieli Players 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gluck: Ballo D. Amabile moderato - Ballo D. Amabile moderatoGabrieli Players 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gluck: Ballo E. Allegro - Ballo E. AllegroGabrieli Players 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Gluck: Si presenti, mi vegga - Si presenti, mi veggaSusan Gritton 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Gluck: Regina! O Dei - Regina! O DeiMagdalena Kozená 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Gluck: Forse più d'una belta - Forse più d'una beltaSusan Gritton 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Gluck: Tutto qui mi sorprende - Tutto qui mi sorprendeMagdalena Kozená 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Gluck: "Le belle immagini" - "Le belle immagini"Magdalena Kozená 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Gluck: Introduzione. Maestoso - Introduzione. MaestosoGabrieli Players0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Gluck: Prence, la tua presenza - Prence, la tua presenzaSusan Gritton 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Gluck: Dalla reggia rilucente - Dalla reggia rilucenteGabrieli Consort 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Gluck: Negli strali, nell'arco possente - Negli strali, nell'arco possenteDaniel Auchincloss 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Gluck: Aria per i Atleti - Aria per i AtletiGabrieli Players 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Gluck: Non più! L'eroe trojano - Non più! L'eroe trojanoSusan Gritton0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Gluck: Coro d'Atleti - Coro d'AtletiGabrieli Consort0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Gluck: Per te, signor - Per te, signorSusan Gritton 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Gluck: Quegli occhi belli - Quegli occhi belliMagdalena Kozená 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Gluck: Misero! Ahimè! - Misero! Ahimè!Magdalena Kozená 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Gluck: Fingere più non so - Fingere più non soMagdalena Kozená 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Gluck: Maestoso - MaestosoGabrieli Players0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gluck: Chaconne - ChaconneGabrieli Players 7:37Album Only
listen  3. Gluck: Temerario! E non basta - Temerario! E non bastaSusan Gritton 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Gluck: Vengo, o Regina! - Vengo, o Regina!Carolyn Sampson 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gluck: Ah, lo veggo - Ah, lo veggoSusan Gritton 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gluck: Non lontana esser già parmi - Non lontana esser già parmiSusan Gritton 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gluck: Sì, spietata. s'accende - Sì, spietata. s'accendeMagdalena Kozená 7:16Album Only
listen  8. Gluck: "Di te scordarmi" - "Di te scordarmi"Magdalena Kozená 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gluck: Lo temei: non mi sento - Lo temei: non mi sentoSusan Gritton 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gluck: Lo potrò! - Lo potrò!Susan Gritton 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Gluck: Elena a me s'asconde! - Elena a me s'asconde!Carolyn Sampson 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Gluck: Donzelle semplici - Donzelle sempliciSusan Gritton 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gluck: Consolati, o Regina! - Consolati, o Regina!Carolyn Sampson 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gluck: Opportuno giungesti - Opportuno giungestiCarolyn Sampson 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gluck: T'inganni, il tuo destino - T'inganni, il tuo destinoGillian Webster 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Gluck: Va coll'amata in seno - Va coll'amata in senoGillian Webster 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Gluck: Che udii? - Che udii?Susan Gritton 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Gluck: Sempre a te sarò fedele! - Sempre a te sarò fedele!Magdalena Kozená 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Gluck: Andante - AndanteGabrieli Players0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Gluck: Allegro - AllegroGabrieli Players0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Gluck: Altri mai da ignota sponda - Altri mai da ignota spondaCarolyn Sampson0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Gluck: Vieni al mar! - Vieni al mar!Gabrieli Consort 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Gluck: Presto fugge la beltà - Presto fugge la beltàCarolyn Sampson 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Gluck: Sempre a te sarò fedele! - Sempre a te sarò fedele!Magdalena Kozená0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Gluck: Vieni al mar! - Vieni al mar!Gabrieli Consort 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Gluck: Andante - AndanteGabrieli Players0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Gluck: Allegro - AllegroGabrieli Players0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Gluck: Vieni al mar! - Vieni al mar!Gabrieli Consort 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Gluck: Altri mai da ignota sponda! - Altri mai da ignota sponda!Carolyn Sampson0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Gluck: Vieni al mar - Vieni al marGabrieli Consort 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Gluck: Presto fugge la belta! - Presto fugge la belta!Carolyn Sampson 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Gluck: Sempre a te sarò fedele! - Sempre a te sarò fedele!Magdalena Kozená0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Gluck: Vieni al mar! - Vieni al mar!Gabrieli Consort 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Magdalena Kozena, Susan Gritton
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B00099BPN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous beauty June 14, 2005
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Gluck's fortunes have risen dramatically over the last decade, with new recordings of almost all his major operas and a few rarities too. "Paride ed Elena", his third and least known Italian "reform" opera, written for Vienna in 1770, is aptly described by Paul McCreesh in the booklet to this new recording as "buried treasure". The opera's relative lack of popularity might be due to the unusual plot. In many ways, "Paride ed Elena" is the polar opposite of Gluck's more famous musical dramas, which are tragic in feeling even if they have happy endings. The tone of the libretto is light and ironic, telling the story of the Trojan prince Paris' visit to Sparta to abduct the Greek princess Helen. Amore (Cupid) plays as big a role as he does in "Orfeo" in bringing the lovers together, but here he comes across as a cheeky, rococo matchmaker. The drama, such as it is, hinges on whether Helen will give in to Paris' seduction and, whatever her hesitations, we're never in much doubt what her final decision will be. Ironically, only in the ending is there any hint of tragedy. The goddess Pallas Athena appears descending on a cloud and angrily announces, not the usual happy resolution of the story, but the great disaster of the Trojan War which will result from Paris and Helen's elopement.

The opera might be virtually unknown but its music has gradually been seeping into public consciousness. In recent years arias from "Paride" have appeared with increasing frequency on opera recital discs, not least Magdalena Kozena's own "Le Belle Immagini" which took its title from one of the finest numbers here. Now we get a chance to hear them in context. From the plot summary, it's clear there's not much dramatic tension but there is plenty of eroticism.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sounds that launched a thousand ships May 8, 2006
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For several years, I looked at my Gluck recordings with dissatisfaction. I had two recordings of the Paride ed Elena, but neither was first-rate. They suffered either from stodgy conducting or from un-stylistic singing, and both failed to take flight with superb performances to enthrall me. Yet... they were the only two recordings of this opera.

When I saw this new recording, I could feel my breath catch in my throat. The line-up looked fantastic - Kozena and Gritton in the two lead roles, and Sampson in the smaller but important role of Amore! And listening to the recording was as blissful as I'd hoped.

The star of this recording, for me, is Magdalena Kozena. She is ardent, youthful, passionate and irresistible. Her voice has a quality that is difficult to describe - that sound which is often found in Slavic voices of the lighter type. It is not sourness, nor yet is it pain. It is not sorrow, nor tension. It is some astringency that shimmers with beauty and adds a literally terrific quality to the timbre, ensuring that Kozena's voice will not be mistaken for another's. It is a lovely voice, unique and obviously utilised with a great deal of intelligence and well-utilised drama.

Susan Gritton, a favourite singer of mine, is ravishing as the Elena. Her voice is a full-bodied Handelian lyric sound - that is, pure, rich, not overbearing, with a creaminess and purity not often found. It's a voice of considerable range, outstanding beauty, and superb flexibility. With a voice of this quality, it is hard to understand why Ms Gritton is not a household name. She is the finest Handel singer I've heard, and singing Gluck is no less ideal for her.

Carolyn Sampson as the Amore suffers a tad in contrast to these two outstanding singers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly Elegant Platform for Fine Singers June 21, 2005
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Gluck is a composer of the late 1700s whose continuing fame rests on his operas 'Orfeo ed Eurydice', 'Alceste' and 'Iphigenie en Tauride', vehicles that require little staging and are usually included in the repertoire for showcasing exceptional singers. Now along comes 'Paride ed Elena" (Paris and Helen) and voila! - more of the lovely pure music this composer wrote so very well.

The plot of the opera is negligible - just the usual Paris/Helen/Troy story - but the writing is quite beautiful. Paul McCreesh conducts the Gabrieli Consort and Players in the style of the period and renders a transparent, beautifully embellished accompaniment for the soloists. Magdalena Kozena continues to impress with her silvery, well-focused voice in the role of Paris with Susan Gritton a light but effective Helen. The Amore (Cupid) of Carolyn Sampson finds just the right playful sound that lends this all female cast a nice balance.

Repeated listenings to this very fine recording will probably result in placing at least two arias ('Le belle immagini' and 'O del mio dolce ardor') in the same category as the 'Che faro' from Orfeo - as performed in the capable singing of Kozena. Though this is not a 'big dramatic' opera, it is a beautiful chamber piece and in the hands of this group of singers and players, 'Paride ed Elena' comes off as an important addition to the baroque repertoire. Recommended. Grady Harp, June 05
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paride ed Elena October 3, 2006
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George Bernard Shaw said of Gluck (1714 -- 1787) that "the man is a great master". Shaw's dictum receives more and more corroboration, if any is thought necessary, with every release of a new recording of Gluck. This 2005 recording of Gluck's rarely-performed 1770 opera "Paride ed Elena" is a revelation indeed. Paul McCreesh conducts the Gabrieli Consort, on period instruments, and Gabrieli Players. A cast of four sopranos in the lead roles provides an inspiring listening experience.

Gluck was one of music's great reformers. In a series of three operas written for performance in Vienna with librettist Ranieri de'Calzabigi, the composer tried to strip down the florid style of opera of his day and to create works in which music and text combined for dramatic effect. In his musical programme, Gluck was a predecessor of Hector Berlioz, his great admirer, and of Wagner and Hugo Wolf. The two earlier Gluck-Calzabigi collaborations, Orfeo, and Alceste, are better-known than the third "Paride ed Elena". But this work is their equal.

The five-act Paride ed Elena tells the story of Paris's wooing and winning of Helen, then of Sparta, following his judgment in favor of Venus in the famous beauty contest of the goddesses. Paris's abduction of Helen, of course, became the cause of the Trojan War, but Gluck downplays this consequence for most of his opera. He focuses instead on the power of love and passion in both of his primary characters. Soprano Magdalena Kozena sings Paris in an appropriately impulsive, romantic style, while Susan Gritton, as the initially reluctant Helen, displays both coyness and the power of love and eros when it is awakened.
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