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Opera, October 2019

GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (NTSC) BVE08052
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) BVE08053

As it stands, the Scala Orphée et Eurydice DVD is for me simultaneously a Gluck performance worth possessing… © 2019 Opera




Clive Paget
Limelight, August 2019

GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (NTSC) BVE08052
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) BVE08053

Flórez helps explore Hofesh Shechter’s seven stages of grief.

Orpheé is reimagined as a kind of internalised seven stages of grief. Strong on ritual and movement, each element is carefully tailored to the varied abilities of soloists, chorus and the highly skilled dancers of Shechter’s own company. The modernist infernal dances are bold and magical.

Highly recommended. © 2019 Limelight Read complete review



Fred Cohn
Opera News, July 2019

GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (NTSC) BVE08052
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) BVE08053

Flórez negotiates the coloratura of “L’espoir renaît dans mon âme” with virtuoso aplomb, but more impressive is his rendition of “J’ai perdu mon Eurydice,” which he sings with the overt expressiveness he brings to Romantic music while still maintaining a classical sense of line and proportion. Flórez’s still-boyish visage reflects the hero’s ardor, but the passion of his portrayal is largely achieved through his shaping of the music itself.

With the orchestra in its rightful place below the singers, though, the sonic cloud dissipates, and we can better hear the virtues of Mariotti’s reading. Like Flórez, he takes a Romantic approach to this deeply classical music, and it’s similarly bracing. © 2019 Opera News Read complete review



David Reynolds
American Record Guide, July 2019

GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (NTSC) BVE08052
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) BVE08053

Florez handles his Act I bravura piece ‘L’espoir renait’ with admirable flexibility and flair. … Karg and Said are terrific, too. Said defines charm and sings beautifully and Karg displays an ambivalence about her alive-or-dead status that makes the proceedings even more interesting. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ken Meltzer
Fanfare, July 2019

GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (NTSC) BVE08052
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) BVE08053

Conductor Michele Mariotti elicits crisp, lean, and transparent playing from the La Scala orchestra, and his tempos maintain admirable momentum without ever rushing the singers. The La Scala chorus also acquits itself well, in a production where, in addition to their musical contribution, they are featured as important dramatic protagonists. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, May 2019

Juan Diego Flórez may be no haute-contre but he delivers a memorable Orpheus, despairing and passionate. Singing at today’s higher pitch, he has no trouble with the tessitura. The bravura air ‘L’espoir renaît dans mon âme’ makes an exciting end to Act 1: whether it was by Gluck or not, Legros must have been thrilled with it. The other two characters have much less to do. Fatma Said, in a golden suit, sings brightly as Cupid, while Christiane Karg, in a ruched, ankle-length off-the-shoulder number, is properly stroppy when upbraiding Orpheus. © 2019 Gramophone  Read complete review on Gramophone




Diapason, April 2019

Juan Diego Florez’s Orphée triumphs in a dance-and-trance performance by choreographer Hofesh Shechter. © 2019 Diapason




BBC Music Magazine, March 2019

This Orphée et Euridice combines voice, dance and instruments brilliantly, and in ways that only a DVD can capture. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine




Opera Now, February 2019

Christiane Karg is an eloquent and tragic Euridice, Fatma Said a sparkling Amor. Michele Mariotti leads a crisp and bright modern instrument performance. © 2019 Opera Now



Prostoo Muzyce, January 2019

What really entices in this recording is music. © 2019 Prostoo Muzyce





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