Sophie Bevan / Iestyn Davies / David Bates / La Nuova Musica

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

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Seldom has a work changed the language of music like Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice, which had its premiere at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1762. In a stroke, it ended the dominance of the old opera seria, which dated back to the early part of Handel's career, and gave opera a natural language to match that of the visual arts of the era. Heard here in this beautifully recorded live performance from 2018 in London is that 1762 version, with just one selection from Gluck's later recasting of the opera for Paris. It's a wonderful reading, with a feeling of the work coming alive. The early music group La Nuova Musica and leader David Bates keep things moving; the entire opera fits on a single CD. However, each detail is carefully considered and vivid. Sample the beginning of Act II, with the chorus warning of the furies of hell and Orfeo entering with his famous lyre. Orfeo is a plum countertenor role, but the sheer beauty of Iestyn Davies' performance here ranks among the greats, and he's ably backed by sopranos Sophie Bevan and Rebecca Bottone. A superior Orfeo ed Euridice.

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Orfeo ed Euridice
1 03:10 Amazon
2 02:29 Amazon
3 00:49 Amazon
4 02:11 Amazon
5 01:53 Amazon
6 01:12 Amazon
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9 01:11 Amazon
10 01:08 Amazon
11 00:52 Amazon
12 01:49 Amazon
13 02:42 Amazon
14 01:46 Amazon
15 00:38 Amazon
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17 00:26 Amazon
18 00:45 Amazon
19 01:01 Amazon
20 01:12 Amazon
21 02:19 Amazon
22 00:56 Amazon
23 00:47 Amazon
24 00:42 Amazon
25 00:39 Amazon
26 01:20 Amazon
27 01:59 Amazon
28 03:43 Amazon
29 04:59 Amazon
30 01:16 Amazon
31 02:27 Amazon
32 00:41 Amazon
33 01:16 Amazon
34 06:00 Amazon
35 02:56 Amazon
36 02:02 Amazon
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38 02:28 Amazon
39 01:11 Amazon
40 03:42 Amazon
41 01:11 Amazon
42 01:52 Amazon
43 11:59 Amazon
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