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Orfeo ed Euridice (Ostman, Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Complete opera of FIRST VIENNA VERSION on one CD but without the ballet music. Singing is only adequate. Orchestra is below acceptable in certain moments. However this budget issue includes complete libretto in Italian and English. NOT RECOMMENDED. The reference recording for the Italian 1st Viena version is the HarmoniaMundi issue by Jacobs, with alto for castrato part of Orfeo Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice, also see Gardiner recording with Derek Ragin contratenor singing the castrato part of Orfeo. The better French version, (the second version written for Paris) is the Simoneau recording on Philips with modern istruments and high tenor singing the part of Orfeo,Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceGluck - Orphée et Eurydice or see the very idiosyncratic fast moving French version with countertenor Croft conducted by MinkowskiGluck: Orphée et Eurydice[ASIN:B00690LZ9K Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice]]. Also fine highlights with Janet Baker in one of her last performances, conducted by Leppard on modern instruments. . Also fine highlights with Janet Baker in one of her last performances, conducted by Leppard on modern instruments. Gluck: Orfeo Ed Euridice (Highlights). Since there are 2 versions of this opera, and the French version is the better one and some recordings are on modern instruments and others are on period instruments there are many choices. The Leppard version with Baker uses the French version however sung in Italian with the original recitatives in Italian sung in French but transposed for Alto.Gluck : Orfeo Ed Euridice (Complete) Each version creates a completely different picture of this masterpiece. To confuse things even further there is also the Berlioz version which tries to reconcile the two versions.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2012
I discovered Orfeo ed Euridice by chance..........And I was blown away by this wonderful piece by Gluck. The moment I put on I was smitten
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