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CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK  

(1714 - 1787)

Opera in Western Europe arose in Italy at the end of the 16th century. The form underwent various changes and reforms, and the name of Gluck is associated with a tendency to greater operatic realism, the drama subsumed in the music, his principles expounded in an introduction to his opera Alceste in 1767. Reform opera, exemplified in the later work of Gluck, represented a reaction against the stylised forms of later Baroque opera. Gluck achieved considerable success in Vienna, Paris and elsewhere in Europe.

Operas

Gluck wrote over 40 operas. Of these Orfeo ed Euridice, staged in Vienna in 1762 in its original Italian version and in Paris in 1774 in a French version, is the best known. It is a treatment of the story of the legendary musician Orpheus and his journey to the Underworld to bring back his beloved Eurydice—an ancient illustration of the power of music. Alceste again involves Greek legend, as do the two tragedies Iphigénie en Aulide and Iphigénie en Tauride, first staged in Paris in 1774 and 1779 respectively.

By far the best known of all excerpts from operas by Gluck is the ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’ from the French version of Orfeo (Orphée et Eurydice), closely rivalled by the aria ‘Che farò senza Euridice’ from the same opera. The soprano aria ‘Divinité du Styx’ from Alceste is also popular in recital.

Ballet Music

Gluck was associated with the choreographer and dancer Angiolini. Their first collaboration was on the subject of Don Juan (later used by Mozart in his Don Giovanni), based on the Spanish play by Tirso de Molina.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Die Orgel: Konigin Naxos 8.503057
Die Welt der Oper Naxos 8.503061
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
Night Music Vol 3 Naxos 8.505025
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 2 Naxos 8.505029

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 CLASSICS - The Best Loved Classical Melodies Naxos
8.508004
Orchestral
20 KLASSISKA FAVORITER (20 Classical Favorites) Naxos
8.570566
Chamber Music
A TO Z OF OPERA Naxos Educational
8.555037-38
Opera
ANGLAR (Angels) Naxos
8.503096
Chamber Music
Art and Music: Canaletto - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558177
Opera
ART OF IDIL BIRET (THE) Naxos
8.554224DX
Instrumental
AURIC: Orphee / Ruy Blas / Thomas I'imposteur Marco Polo
8.225066
Opera
BALLADE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556604
Chamber Music
BEST OF OPERA I Naxos
8.571079
Opera
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 2 Naxos
8.553167
Opera
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 3 Naxos
8.553168
Opera
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.554682
Opera
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.557246-47
Chamber Music
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Chamber Music
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES (A) Naxos
8.570227-28
Chamber Music
BRUDENS GUIDE TIL BRYLLUPS MUSIK (A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music) Naxos
8.557562
Chamber Music
CAPRICCIO 20 PRIZE-WINNING YEARS Capriccio
C14869
Opera
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - LULLABY Naxos
8.554912DX
Chamber Music
CHOPIN: Mazurkas (Friedman) (1928-1930) Naxos Historical
8.110690
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Orchestral
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (NTSC) EuroArts
3085268
Classical Concert
CLASSIC MOODS - HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. / BOCCHERINI, L. / TELEMANN, G.P. / BESARD, J.-.B. / FASCH, J.F. Capriccio
C18419
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - PUCCINI, G. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. Capriccio
C18404
Orchestral
CLASSICAL BLISS Naxos
8.578053
Orchestral
CLASSICAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550521
Orchestral
CLASSICAL INSPIRATIONS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.551236
Opera
CLASSICAL MUG (THE) Naxos
8.557089DX
Chamber Music
DANCE OF THE BLESSED SPIRITS Naxos
8.554166
Chamber Music
DEBUSSY / MOZART / GRIEG / BACH: Sun-Flute BIS
BIS-CD-100
Orchestral
Discover Music of the Classical Era Naxos Educational
8.558180-81
Opera
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Opera
ETUDE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556611
Orchestral
FAVORITE VIOLIN ENCORES Artek
AR-0007-2
Chamber Music
Flute and Harp (Balint, Mercz) Naxos
8.550741
Chamber Music
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Chamber Music
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 8: Milan, London and Berlin Recordings (1933-1935) Naxos Historical
8.110269
Opera
GLUCK / ROSSINI / VERDI: Opera Overtures (Toscanini) (1929, 1936) Naxos Historical
8.110842
Orchestral
GLUCK, C. W.: Orphee et Eurydice (Opera Australia) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4005D
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: 300 YEARS - Alceste / Iphigénie en Tauride / Orfeo ed Euridice (1 Blu-ray Disc set) Arthaus Musik
108111
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: 300 Years - Alceste / Iphigénie en Tauride / Orfeo ed Euridice (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107540
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Alceste (Sung in French) [Opera] (1951-1952) (Leibowitz) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80939-41
Opera
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenia auf Tauris [Opera] (Keilberth) Capriccio
C5005
Opera
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7115D
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1099D
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Tauride (Zurich Opera, 2001) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100377
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Castell de Peralada Festival, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
710404
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Castell de Peralada Festival, 2011) (NTSC) C Major
710308
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Royal Opera House, 1991) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100417
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108103
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102184
Opera DVD
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice [Opera] (Hamari) Capriccio
C51192
Opera
GLUCK, C.W.: Paride ed Elena [Opera] Capriccio
C60027-2
Opera
GLUCK, W.: Ezio (Complete) Oehms Classics
OC918
Opera
GLUCK: Alceste Naxos
8.660066-68
Opera
GLUCK: Alceste (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100160
Opera DVD
GLUCK: Alceste (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2006) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101251
Opera DVD
GLUCK: Iphigenie en Tauride (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100376
Opera DVD
GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice Naxos
8.660064
Opera
GLUCK: Orphee et Euridice Naxos
8.660185-86
Opera
GLUCK: Orphee et Eurydice (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100062
Opera DVD
HAYDN, J.: Philemon und Baucis [Opera] (Huss) BIS
BIS-SACD-1813
Orchestral
Heifetz, Jascha: Miniatures, Vol. 2 (1944-1948) Naxos Historical
8.111380
Chamber Music
HEIFETZ: Transcriptions for Violin and Piano Naxos
8.557670
Chamber Music
IN MEMORIAM - MUSIC FOR SOLEMN OCCASIONS Naxos
8.553435
Chamber Music
KEMPFF: Italian Suite / Piano Sonata / Transcriptions Marco Polo
8.223452
Instrumental
Klassiska Favoriter Guld - Det bästa av det bästa ur Klassiska Favoriter (Gold Classical Favorites) Naxos
8.503129
Chamber Music
KLASSISKA FAVORITER: OPERA (Classical Favourites: Opera) Naxos
8.503021
Opera
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1911-1912) Naxos Historical
8.112055
Chamber Music
LEIDER, Frida: A Vocal Portrait (1921-1943) Naxos Historical
8.110744-45
Opera
LEVITZKI, Mischa: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1924-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110688
Instrumental
Lunga Bla Timmar (Blue Hours) Naxos
8.503024
Orchestral
MAGIC OF THE FLUTE (THE) Naxos
8.571089
Chamber Music
MELODIES FROM 1001 NIGHTS - MOZART, W. A. / GLUCK, C. W. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / CORNELIUS, P. / MUSSORGSKY, M. / VERDI, G. / BIZET, G. Capriccio
C49205-4
Opera
MOZART ERA (Meister der Mozart-Zeit) - KRAUS, J.M. / NAUMANN, J.G. / SALIERI, A. / ROSETTI, A. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von / GLUCK, C.W. Capriccio
C67100-02
Orchestral
MOZART: Serenades Nos. 10 and 13 (Furtwangler, Commercial Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.110994
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - TUSCANY: A Musical Tour of the Region's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110520
Classical Concert, Opera DVD
NIGHT MUSIC 4 Naxos
8.556818
Chamber Music
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.551124
Chamber Music
Night Music, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.551131
Orchestral
NISHIZAKI, Takako: Fritz Kreisler Edition, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.557874
Chamber Music
O Sole Mio - Classic Love Songs for Violin and Orchestra (Nishizaki, Polish National Radio Symphony, Breiner) Marco Polo
8.223586
Orchestral
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Opera
Opera Explained: GLUCK - Orfeo ed Euridice (Smillie) Naxos Educational
8.558122
Music Education
OPERATIC FANTASIES FOR FLUTE AND ORCHESTRA Naxos
8.555976
Orchestral
ORGAN MEDITATION Naxos
8.550791
Instrumental
PAPERNO, Dmitry: Uncommon Encores Cedille
CDR90000-007
Instrumental
PERFECT SPRING WEDDING Naxos
8.557976
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Fischer, Thomas - GLUCK, C.W. / LISZT, F. / THALBERG, S. / GOTTSCHALK, L.M. / BERTINI, H. / CZERNY, C. (Opera for Piano) Naxos
8.551062
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Margulis, Jura - GLUCK, C.W. / BACH, J.S. / LISZT, F. / CAPLET, A. / WAGNER, R. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Piano Transcriptions) Oehms Classics
OC545
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Raekallio, Matti - MOZART, W.A. / GLUCK, C.W. / WAGNER, R. / LISZT, F. / BUSONI, F. (Transcriptions - A Night at the Opera) Ondine
ODE834-2
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Scherbakov, Konstantin (ME - On Wings of Song) TwoPianists
TP1039107
Instrumental
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110961
Chamber Music
POWELL, Maud: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1904-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110993
Chamber Music
RACHMANINOV, Sergei: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 - Victor Recordings (1925-1942) Naxos Historical
8.112058
Instrumental
ROMANTIC MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND HARP Amadis
7184
Chamber Music
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.550217
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.570089
Instrumental
ROMANTIC VIOLIN FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550125
Chamber Music
ROMANTIC VIOLIN FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550125DX
Chamber Music
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 1 (Segovia, Vol. 3) Naxos Historical
8.111089
Instrumental
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Chamber Music
TwoPianists Records: Impressions #1 TwoPianists
TP1039237
Instrumental
ULTIMATE LULLABY COLLECTION (THE) Naxos
8.570514-15
Chamber Music
ULTIMATE LULLABY COLLECTION (THE) (Hong Kong Edition 2009) Naxos
8.578060-61
Chamber Music
VERDI / GLUCK / MASCAGNI / PUCCINI: Favourite Opera Choruses (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4011D
Classical Concert
Violin and Guitar Recital: Chen, Yi / Hannibal, Lars - MASSENET, J. / KREISLER, F. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUBERT, F. / MOZART, W.A. (Melodies) OUR Recordings
6.220602
Chamber Music
VIOLIN FANTASIES Naxos
8.571091
Chamber Music
Vocal and Orchestral Music - REYER, E. / SYMANOWSKY, K. / CORNELIUS, P. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / GLUCK, C.W. / HASSE, J.A. / MOZART, W.A. Phoenix Edition
Phoenix420
Opera
Vocal Recital: Bruson, Renato - BEETHOVEN, L. van / MOZART, W.A. / GLUCK, C.W. / SCARLATTI, A. / SCHUBERT, F. / DONIZETTI, G. (Liederabend) Capriccio
C10295
Opera
Vocal Recital: Ferrier, Kathleen - BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / GLUCK, C.W. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUBERT, F. (Arias and Songs) (1946-1950) Naxos Historical
8.112071
Opera
Voices of Angels Naxos
8.503071
Chamber Music




 
 
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