Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck
Artist Grace Bumbry mezzo soprano
Anneliese Rothenberger soprano
Ruth-Margret Pütz soprano
Leipzig Radio Choir
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Václav Neumann conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94703
EAN code 5028421947037
Release October 2013

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Christoph Willibald Gluck is one of the great reformers of opera, departing from the tried and tested genres of opera seria in the 18th century: Metastasio’s drama per musica and Rameau’s tragédie lyrique. Gluck sought to restore dramatic truth to musical theatre, dispensing with long, virtuosic arias simply written to play to performers’ vanity, and providing a greater musical and dramatic coherence to his operas. His focus on clarity, simplicity and the return to nature is perfectly exemplified in his great work, Orfeo ed Euridice, the first of his ‘reform’ operas. The work owes much to the style of French opera, with its accompanied recitative and simple vocal lines.

This historic recording from 1966 features a young Grace Bumbry, who was recognised at the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2009 as a defining figure in American arts and culture. Also featuring internationally renowned conductor Václav Neumann, the recording is an acclaimed interpretation of one of Gluck’s best-loved works.

Other information:
- Includes plot synopsis and liner notes on the composer and work.
- Sung texts available by clicking on 'Download booklet' below the cover.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture
  2. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Chorus “Ah, se intorno a quest’ urna funesta” (Chorus, Orfeo)
  3. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Recitative “Baste, basta, o compagni!” (Orfeo)
  4. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Dance
  5. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Chorus “Ah, se intorno a quest’ urna funesta
  6. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Aria “Chaimo il mio ben così” (Orfeo)
  7. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Recitative “Euridice, ombra cara” (Orfeo)
  8. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Aria “Cerco il mio ben così” (Orfeo)
  9. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Recitative “Euridice! Euridice!” (Orfeo)
  10. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Aria “Piango il mio ben così” (Orfeo)
  11. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 1: Recitative “Numi! barbari Numi” (Orfeo)
  12. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 2: Recitative “T’assiste Amore!” (Amore, Orfeo)
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 2: Aria “Gli sguardi trattieni” (Amore)
  14. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 1 Scene 2: Recitative “Che disse? Che ascoltai?” (Orfeo)
  15. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Dance
  16. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Chorus “Chi mai dell’ Erebo fralle caligini” (Chorus)
  17. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Dance
  18. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Chorus “Chi mai dell’ Erebo fralle caligni” (Chorus)
  19. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: “Deh placatevi con me” (Chorus, Orfeo)
  20. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Chorus “Misero giovane, che voui, che mediti?” (Chorus)
  21. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Aria “Mille pene” (Orfeo)
  22. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Chorus “Ah, quale incognito affetto flebile” (Chorus)
  23. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Aria “Men tiranne, ah! voi sareste” (Orfeo)
  24. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 1: Chorus “Ah, quele incognito affetto flebile” (Chorus)
  25. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2: Dance
  26. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2: Arioso “Che puro ciel” (Orfeo, Chorus)
  27. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2: Chorus “Vieni a’ regni del riposo” (Chorus)
  28. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2: Dance
  29. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2: Recitative “Anime avventurose” (Orfeo, Chorus)
  30. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 2 Scene 2: Chorus “Torna, o bella, al tuo consorte” (Chorus)

Disk 2

  1. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Recitative “Vieni, segui i miei passi” (Orfeo, Euridice)
  2. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Duet “Vieni appage il tuo consorte” (Orfeo, Euridice)
  3. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Recitative “Qual vita è questa mai” (Euridice)
  4. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Aria “Che fiero momento” (Euridice)
  5. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Recitative “Ecco un nuovo tormento!” (Orfeo, Euridice)
  6. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Aria “Che farò senza Euridice?” (Orfeo)
  7. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 1: Recitative “Ah finisca e per sempre” (Orfeo)
  8. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 2: Recitative “Orfeo, che fai?” (Amore, Orfeo)
  9. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 3: Maestoso
  10. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 3: Dance. Grazioso – Allegro – Andante – Allegro
  11. Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3 Scene 3: Chorus “Tronfi Amore” (Orfeo, Amore, Euridice, Chorus)