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Gluck: Las Pelerins De La Mecque Ou La Rencontre Imprevue

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 1, scene 3: 'Eh! mes amis, vous voilà?'
  2. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 1, scene 3: 'D'un céleste transport, mon âme est agi
  3. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 1, scene 4: 'Pourvu que sa maladie ne se gagne pas'
  4. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 1, scene 4: 'Il fait entendre sa sonnette'

Disc: 2

  1. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 8: 'Un ruisselet bien clair, bien net'
  2. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 9: 'Ah, j'ai cru qu'il allait m'étrangler'
  3. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 10: 'Ah! chère Rezia'
  4. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 10: 'Qu'il est doux de partager ses chaînes
  5. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 11: 'C'en est fait de nous'
  6. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 12: 'Après un tel outrage, il faut que dans
  7. La rencontre imprévue (or, 'The Pilgrim of Mecca'), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 32: Act 3, scene 12: 'Cessons de répandre des larmes'


Product Details

  • Performer: Lynne Dawson, Claudine Le Coz, Catherine Dubosc, Sophie Marin-Degor, Guy de Mey, et al.
  • Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Christoph-Willibald von Gluck
  • Audio CD (September 3, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000009IYK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This winning recording proves that there is more to Gluck than his great tragic operas: he was also pretty adept at comedy too, as this fresh and breezy score shows. It may not have the emotional power of "Orfeo" or "Iphigenie en Tauride", but it is an utterly charming piece and may remind listeners strongly of another, more famous opera by another, more famous, composer...of which, more later.
"Les Pelerins de la Mecque" (also known by the title "La Rencontre Imprevue", or "The Unexpected Meeting") dates from Gluck's years in Vienna in the 1760s. Oddly enough, it is an example of the French genre of `opera comique', since there was a craze for this style of music at the Habsburg court. Composers like Gretry, Philidor and Monsigny had a European-wide success in the years leading up to the French Revolution with their `operas comiques' in the late eighteenth century, but their works are almost totally neglected today. There exists a rough and ready but very enthusiastic recording of Gretry's most famous work "Richard Coeur de Lion" on the Nuova Era label, but very little else is out on disc so this work by Gluck is a rare opportunity to hear an opera of this type, and a very successful one it is too. "Opera comique" shared with Gluck's reform tragedies the feeling that a new, simpler and more direct style of music should replace the complexities and alleged artificiality of late Baroque opera (it's no great surprise that the founding father of the genre was Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the philosopher of `back-to-Nature', who also fancied himself as a composer and later advised Gluck on the revision of his reform opera, "Alceste"). "Les Pelerins" is in fact a string of short arias (some less than a minute long), ensembles and a ballet sequence all linked by spoken dialogue.
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