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I love Gluck. I`m in good company since Berlioz, among others, was inspired by the eighteenth century composer.
If I want to drink and drown in cool, clear water, I listen to Gluck. It helps when the singers are of the calibre - and `rightness` - of Swedish mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter and our own soprano Lynne Dawson, both of whom possess the unfussy clarity needed for Gluck`s pure, classical line.
Jose van Dam sings Agamemnon and John Aler is Achille on this carefully cast selection of highlights taken from John Eliot Gardner`s 1990 recording of the opera. If you want a tantalising 74 minutes of radiant, beautifully modulated singing and playing of the only slightly less compelling of Gluck`s two Iphigenie operas, this is ideal. It comes with full track listing, list of characters, synopsis, and brief note. Warner`s bargain Apex discs are usually excellent, and this is no exception.
Gluck`s sound world, at least to my ears, exists in a mildly rarefied hinterland between Baroque and the later Romanticism to come soon after his death in 1787, looking back to the world of myth for his subject matter, bringing indeed something of the proverbial "Greek light" to his music.
It shines piercingly here, in all its balm-like purity.
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