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5.0 out of 5 stars Not overpassed, 12 Sep 2012
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Mordrain (Milan, Italy) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Audio CD)
I bought and loved Solti's Orfeo when the "authentic" sound was quite an innovation. After many years, not-philological readings have become something as odd as a slow dinosaur. Well, it often happens, but, IMHO, this Orfeo has still value and offers still a lot of pleasure.
Three reasons:
First: the peculiar quality of Gluck music. His sonorities, sounds, melodies are not-so-baroque; they have a quite modern taste that, in some way, fits well even in not-philological executions.
Second: Solti is a pleasure; his Orfeo is never boring, the music is well nuanced, passionate and - yes - he gives you also time to hear each note. It is not necessary to always run through a score to be interesting (e.g. Mozart's Requiem in Celibidache's reading).
Third (and absolutely not the least!): Marilyn Horne. In this role, she is gigantic. She has not only a fabulous voice, incredibily agile and powerful, but she also gives an incredible interpretation. Just listens to "Chiamo il mio ben così" e "Che farò senza Euridice" and you'll never forget neither Orfeo nor Horne: it is so desperate, and at the same time heroic and poetic! Don't lose the opportunity of hearing something so great and pure as Horne's performance: I doubt that any modern interpreter could reach such highness.
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