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Opera Explained: GLUCK - Orfeo ed Euridice (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: GLUCK - Orfeo ed Euridice (Smillie)


An entertaining but informative series introducing the major operas of the repertoire, with historical background, an explanation of the plot and a presentation of the main arias and themes. Opera Explained is a unique idea. Nothing of its kind exists. An ideal introduction to individual operas either to prepare for the full Naxos recording, or a visit to the opera house.

An Introduction to...GLUCK: Orfeo ed Euridice

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD + booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-081-5

Based on the simple yet deeply moving legendary tale of Orpheus, who loses his beloved wife to death but is able to restore her through the power of his music, Orfeo ed Euridice is among the earliest operas to hold a secure place in the repertory. Gluck lavishes a wealth of beautiful melody on this tale, whose appeal to composers is obvious; yet the abiding strength lies in the power and majesty of his inspiration, whether in the solos, the choruses, or the ballet music - which is surely the finest written for any opera.

1.   Introduction 00:05:19
2.   The casting of Orpheus - castrati 00:06:14
3.   References to castrati; the different versions of Orfeo ed Euridice 00:04:12
4.   Gluck 00:04:40

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

  Orfeo ed Euridice
5.   The Overture 00:03:43
6.   Act I, Scene 1 00:04:25
7.   Orfeo: 'Chiamo il mio ben cosi' 00:03:55
8.   Amor enters 00:03:20
9.   Act II: the gates of Hell 00:03:03
10.   Orpheus plays his harp to the Furies 00:04:34
11.   Act II, Scene 2: The Dance of the Blessed Spirits 00:05:45
12.   The chorus presents Euridice 00:02:12
13.   Act III: Orfeo and Euridice return from the Underworld 00:02:33
14.   Duet for Orfeo and Euridice 00:02:38
15.   Orfeo: 'Che faro senza Euridice' 00:05:28
16.   The happy ending 00:04:07

Total Playing Time: 01:06:08

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.558122

Barcode: 0636943812228

Physical Release: 04/2004

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