Christoph Gluck

La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)

La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 207 Mb | Total time: 47:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8552 | Recorded:1989, 1992, 1994

It is extremely difficult nowadays to reproduce the sound castrato singers where capable of doing at their time and, too often, one finds voices that are too nasal or merely good falsettos. But in many of the performances in this CD one can let the imagination wander and almost imagine you are in the 18th century. In particular, the performance of James Bowmann is outstanding. Also very special the performace of Charpentier 'Salve Regina' by Gerard Lesne and the others; this of course enhanced by the exquisite sensibility of the director Jordi Saval. Also, the duo of Derek Lee Ragin and Ewa Mallas-Godlewska in 'Son qual nave ch'agitata' is so exquisite it brings tears to your eyes. (Carmen E. Alvarez)
Nicolai Gedda, Liliane Berton, Louis de Froment - Gluck: Orphée et Euridice (2009)

Nicolai Gedda, Liliane Berton, Louis de Froment - Gluck: Orphée et Euridice (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:45:49 | 521 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Profil | Catalog: PH 09021

A conductor who spent most of his career in tiny Luxembourg is hardly a musician one would expect to become well known, but Louis de Froment grew extremely familiar to record collectors thanks to his long association with the Vox label. Born in Toulouse, he studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he won first prize in conducting in 1948. After graduation, Froment conducted one of the French radio orchestras and, from 1950 to 1954, served as music director at the casinos in Cannes, Deauville, and Vichy.
Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)

Rudolph Palmer, The Queen’s Chamber Band - Gluck: Il Parnaso confuso (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 72:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Albany Records | # TROY 655 | Recorded: 2004

Here we have the first complete recording of Gluck's charming one-act serenata teatrale for chamber orchestra and four treble voices, composed for the marriage of Hapsburg Archduke Joseph in January 1765. The Archduke's first wife had died. This time he was to marry the Bavarian princess, Maria Josepha. For this performance of the new Gluck work, four of the Archduke's daughters from his first marriage who were all accomplished musicians, sang roles in the new work. The new bridegroom's younger brother Leopold, conducted. That the four Archduchesses could successfully negotiate the florid soprano roles Gluck fashioned for them, is most impressive. One presumes that the youngest daughter, Marie Antoinette, was not so gifted. The serenata teatrale was presented as a surprise to the newly weds at Schonbrunn Castle in Vienna in the presence of the rest of the Hapsburg court. It was deemed such a success, that on the spot, Gluck was asked to compose another opera. The result was La Corona. The work was planned for November, but because the Emperor died suddenly, the work was not performed.
Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:11 minutes | 1.36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth, Daniel Behle presents this album of Gluck’s lesser known opera arias. Showcasing their rich variety of styles, he illustrates that these works are primed for revival.
Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:59 | 373 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 0289 478 6758 6

Christoph Willibald Gluck has a place in the history books for a few big hits and for the idea of reforming the ornate style of opera seria serious opera in the 18th century, replacing it with a more natural ideal of melody. This reputation has rested on a very few pieces, and both bibliographic control and recorded explorations of Gluck's music are perhaps more sparse than for any other major composer.
Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner - Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (1985)

Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner - Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:42:12 | 451 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 149-2

This is the masterwork, Gluck's last important opera, which convinced the teenage medical student Berlioz, when he first heard it in 1821, that he had to be a composer. He worshipped Gluck and took his side in the phoney "Gluck vs.Piccini War". He set himself the task of sitting in the Conservatoire library to copy out the entire score in order to absorb its lessons. Its directness and drama influenced his artistic style his whole life through, as evinced by key points in "Les Troyens".
Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte del mondo, Valer Sabadus - Gluck: La clemenza di Tito [2014]

Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte del mondo, Valer Sabadus - Gluck: La clemenza di Tito [2014]
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88843031432 | TT: 52.18+41.15+78.16+41.17 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 1.11 Gb

The opera is starring countertenor Valer Sabadus - one of opera's most exciting newcomers - now exclusively signed to Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, a division of Sony Classical. Christoph Willibald Gluck, widely known for fundamentally reforming the 'opera seria' wrote some of the greatest and exemplary masterpieces of this great genre before he started his famous reform of the opera. This makes this work a fascinating and enlightening piece in the puzzle for the evolution of opera and the eminent character Gluck. Gluck's setting of La Clemenza was first performed in Naples in 1752, ten years before his first reform opera.

Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)  Music

Posted by uff at Jan. 5, 2017
Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)

Gluck - Armide (1983) (Hickox)
Opera | 3cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
EMI Classics, 7243 4 89880 2 7 | rel: 1983 | 830Mb

I made my first acquaintance with “Armide” via the Minkowski recording when I was in the middle of a project exploring all the operatic treatments of that sorceress’ story I could find. Gluck’s version, set to essentially the same text as the earlier Lully opera (minus the prologue) was the great surprise of the project, far surpassing the various works of Haydn, Cimarosa and Vivaldi that treated Armida’s story or offered comical send-ups of it, with Gluck’s greater vigor and lyricism surpassing the austere older style of Lully’s setting.
Christoph Graupner - Orchestral Works Vol. 3 (2010, MDG "Gold" # 341 1628-2) [RE-UP]

Christoph Graupner - Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Nova Stravaganza - Siegbert Rampe
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 308 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 341 1628-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2010
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque
Christoph Graupner - Orchestral Works Vol. 2 (2004, MDG "Gold" # 341 1252-2) [RE-UP]

Christoph Graupner - Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Nova Stravaganza - Siegbert Rampe
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 251 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 341 1252-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque