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Classical - Released May 18, 2018 | Warner Classics

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This is the first-ever recording of this particular version of Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck: the one he wrote for the Royal Theatre of Naples, for the 1774 Carnival. That said, it is based in part on the first, Viennese, version, dated 1762 (in which Orpheus was sung by an alto castrato), but also on the 1769 revision for Parma, where the role of Orpheus was given to a male soprano. The notes, the tonalities, the instrumentation, the tempos and the number of dynamics underwent substantial modifications in the version for the Neapolitan Carnival: the work is at once perfectly recognisable, and yet different from its normal form; and some completely new numbers are added, of which the first is quite possibly the work of dilettante aristocrat Diego Naselli, and maybe the second, too. The orchestration has also undergone many modifications, surely to do with local constraints and availabilities. The Neapolitan success of 1774 was such that in November of the same year, the famous Teatro San Carlo took on the work – again in a new version, with not three but eight characters and several apocryphal numbers from Johann Christian Bach and other contemporary stars, which stretched the work out to three acts, whereas the present version only has one, split into six scenes. Orpheus is sung by Philippe Jaroussky, Eurydice by Amanda Forsythe, Amore by Emöke Baráth, while Diego Fasolis gives a spirited lead to the ensemble I Barocchisti and the Coro della Radio Svizzera (The Swiss Radio Choir). Lovers of Gluck will be delighted to discover yet another of the many possible facets of a work which has seen countless revisions and wanderings. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 11, 2015 | Archiv Produktion

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Classical - Released May 18, 2018 | Warner Classics

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The prime attraction of this Erato release is the presence of French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who is in fine voice, his presence alone is reason enough for Jaroussky fans to go out and buy it. Beyond this, however, there's a more arcane draw: the album presents Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice in a previously unheard and little-known version. Gluck modified and adapted Orfeo ed Euridice several times, including reworking it entirely for French-language presentation in Paris in 1774. What's heard here is a different revival, for a pair of Italian runs in the years before that. This version was first performed on-stage only in 2014, but it makes an ideal vehicle for Jaroussky: the arias for Orfeo were transposed upward and generally fitted to the voice of a male soprano, giving Jaroussky plenty to do. The choral passages in this reading, with the Swiss Radio Chorus led by I Barocchisti conductor Diego Fasolis, are vigorous and clearly articulated, and to hear the performance at its best you might sample the Dance of the Furies and Specters at the beginning of Act Two and Orfeo's subsequent attempt to calm them down, showing Jaroussky at his formidable best. Elsewhere, sample around: the other singers are uniformly strong, but to an extent, I Barocchisti and Fasolis deliver a performance with Baroque punchiness instead of Classical grace, and if you're looking for the traditional sort of graceful Gluck performance, you may find them a bit jolting. There is no question, however, that the recording delivers impressive singing in a little-known iteration of Gluck's classic. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 11, 2015 | Archiv Produktion

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Classical - Released November 6, 2000 | Living Stereo

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Opera - Released January 1, 1977 | Warner Classics

This performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice is an example of a rediscovered treasure -- short-lived English contralto Kathleen Ferrier in an Amsterdam-based production of Gluck's masterwork made in January 1951 by Radio Nederland. This item has fallen out of the main loop of Ferrier's recorded output, as when producer Klaas A. Posthuma discovered these Ferrier tapes in the mid-'70s he offered them to the Dutch division of EMI, rather than to English Decca, the company that can lay claim to the greater part of her work. The part of Orfeo was one of only two operatic roles that Ferrier performed, and although she did record it in the studio for Decca, that was in an abridged version of the work -- the Dutch tape has the advantage of being a complete performance. Although issued on LP in 1977, this EMI Classics Historical package represents the first appearance on CD of this performance, if you discount the somewhat earlier release of an inferior French pirate, no doubt taken from the EMI vinyl. The quality of the CD transfer from the analog tape is excellent; there is no tape hiss and transfer engineer Maarten Proost faithfully transmits the limited amount of highs and lows found in the source recording. The original tape, however, is more variable -- the source is cramped-sounding sometimes and at others, it is clear, although it is obvious when Ferrier's mike is coming up the mix. Noise from feet trafficking on-stage is rather loud and intrusive. The band, under the direction of Charles Bruck, who has had better days, is loose and sloppy, although the fiery energy generated at the beginning of the second act is worth noting. The chorus is just awful -- out and out terrible, a wobbly, uncoordinated mess that sounds like a mob. This set is recommendable mainly to those who wish to hear Ferrier in the whole of Orfeo ed Euridice, and for its reasonable asking price. Otherwise, the abridged English Decca performance from 1947 is preferable, and is available in a stunningly clear and pristine transfer from Dutton Labs. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 11, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1958 | BnF Collection

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Opera - Released September 5, 2014 | The Art Of Singing

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Classical - Released April 20, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Released January 1, 1962 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released August 8, 2000 | RCA Red Seal

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Opera - Released January 1, 1963 | BnF Collection

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Opera - Released January 1, 2009 | Archipel - Walhall

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Opera - Released July 28, 2017 | The Art Of Singing

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Classical - Released September 11, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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