Gluck Alceste

Gluck: Alceste - Bampton, Maison, Warren / Panizza 2CD (Homage to Rose Bampton)

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste
Opera | 2 CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE · MP3+CUE (VBR 256 Kb/s) | Booklet TIFF · JPG | 618 MB | 1941 · Released: 1997 | RS
CD1 61'18, CD2 75'52 ; Total Timing: 137'10'' | Historical Recording | Win Rar Compression
Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Ettore Panizza
Gluck: Alceste - Bampton, Maison, Warren / Panizza 2CD (Homage to Rose Bampton)
Gluck - Alceste (John Eliot Gardiner, Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves)

Gluck - Alceste (John Eliot Gardiner, Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves) [2000]
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR Auto Pan&Scan, Auto Letterboxed | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) Francais (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 6.59 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | ArtHaus | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais | 135 min | +3% Recovery

Rebelling against the increasingly formulaic operas of the time, Christoph Willibald Gluck's "reformist" opera Alceste (1767) was a successful attempt to return to a purer form of musical drama. It is highly appropriate that this 1999 production of the revised 1776 Paris version should be conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, the same forces responsible for many fine Bach performances equally emphasizing character and text. In setting the tragic story of the profound love between Queen Alceste and her husband King Admète, Gluck provided a score of austere, rending beauty… By –Gary S. Dalkin
Gluck - Alceste (John Eliot Gardiner, Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves) [2002]

Gluck - Alceste (John Eliot Gardiner, Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves) [2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 608.49 MB
Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog Number: 470 293-2

Thus spake Shaw, writing about Gluck towards the end of the 19th century. Shaw went on to allege that the musical culture of his time had not fully caught up with this great master and reformer of opera, and the very thoughtful and instructive essay that Gardiner contributes here suggests to me that there may still, in the third millennium, be a little catching up to do. Whatever one thinks of Gluck, either as a composer or as a musical dramatist or as an operatic rationalist and reformer, it seems to me that he was very clear-headed in one basic respect - he knew the difference between musical drama and musical tableau. Classical drama has an inherent tendency towards tableau, with its statues, white-robed women, prophets, deities and heroes…
Maria Callas - La Renaissance d'une Voix (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - La Renaissance d'une Voix (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 213:49 minutes | 3,33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
Maria Callas - Sings Great Arias From French Operas (1961/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Sings Great Arias From French Operas (1961) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:44 minutes | 1,06 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Callas never sang a role in French on stage, though she had studied French repertoire as a student and one of her most famous roles, Cherubini’s Medea, had originally been written in French as Médée. From the early 1960s she made her home in Paris, where in 1961 she recorded this recital of French-language arias for both soprano and mezzo-soprano, composed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Wilhelm Furtwangler - Das Vermachtnis / The Legacy: Box Set 107CDs (2011)

Wilhelm Furtwängler - Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy: Box Set 107CDs (2011)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 15,7 Gb
Label: RED GENERAL CATALOG / Membran | Release Year: 2011

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwängler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part of the music scene.

Gluck - Ezio (Alan Curtis) [2011]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at May 23, 2015
Gluck - Ezio (Alan Curtis) [2011]

Gluck - Ezio (Alan Curtis) [2011]
Classical | Erato 5099907092923 | TT: 69.27+77.26 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 642 Mb

Alan Curtis, described by the New York Times' as "one of the great scholar-musicians of recent times", conducts a brilliant cast including Sonia Prina, Ann Hallenberg, Max-Emanuel Cencic and Topi Lehtipuu in the original, 1750 version of Gluck's Ezio, described by Curtis as "from a dramatic point of view, perhaps the finest of Gluck's pre-Orfeo operas".
Written to a libretto by the prolific and influential Metastasio, Ezio exemplifies the formal opera seria that Gluck sought to leave behind with his so-called reform operas such as Orfeo and Alceste; but after Orfeo's epoch-making premiere in Vienna in 1762 he revised Ezio for performance at the city's Burgtheater in 1763…

Gluck - Armide (Richard Hickox) [2010/1982]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at May 7, 2017
Gluck - Armide (Richard Hickox) [2010/1982]

Gluck - Armide (Richard Hickox) [2010/1982]
Classical | EMI 50999 6 40728 2 1 | TT: 65.45+56.10+45.31 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 728 Mb

The playing and singing of Hickox’s own orchestra and chorus are always mindful of stylistic matters, crisp and airy in the sensuous dance music, urgent and theatrical (in the best sense) in passionate sections of the score, which Hickox holds together in exemplary manner (Gramophone Magazine). Hickox conducts with a fine sense of theatre, as well as an aptly Gluckian restraint…Palmer is remarkable at her best, and her duet with Rolfe Johnson ('Armide, vous m'allez quitter') is memorably done (International Record Review).

Gluck - La clemenza di Tito (Werner Ehrhardt) [2014]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at March 7, 2017
Gluck - La clemenza di Tito (Werner Ehrhardt) [2014]

Gluck - La clemenza di Tito (Werner Ehrhardt) [2014]
Classical | Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88843031432 | TT: 52.18+41.15+78.16+41.17 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 1.11 Gb

The opera is starring countertenor Valer Sabadus - one of opera's most exciting newcomers - now exclusively signed to Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, a division of Sony Classical. Christoph Willibald Gluck, widely known for fundamentally reforming the 'opera seria' wrote some of the greatest and exemplary masterpieces of this great genre before he started his famous reform of the opera. This makes this work a fascinating and enlightening piece in the puzzle for the evolution of opera and the eminent character Gluck. Gluck's setting of La Clemenza was first performed in Naples in 1752, ten years before his first reform opera.
Christopher Richardson - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride, Wq. 46 (Live) (2017)

Christopher Richardson - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride, Wq. 46 (Live) (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:50:58 | 256 MB
Label: Pinchgut Live | Release Year: 2017

Iphigénie en Tauride draws all of Gluck’s opera reforms to their natural conclusion and a work of great power and beauty is the result. Iphigénie en Tauride is Gluck's most dramatically involving work. It is about familial love and deep friendship, but the waters run deep, and noble aims of sacrifice, duty and protection are played out within the taut drama. Containing much of Gluck's best music.