GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice / McNair

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

Orfeo ed Euridice
McNair · Sieden · Ragin
The Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner
Int. Release 06 Feb. 2012
2 CDs / Download


Track List

CD 1: Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30

Vienna version (1762)

1.
2:59

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna Version (1762)

Act 1

Derek Lee Ragin, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna version (1762)

Act 1

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna Version (1762)

Act 1

The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Derek Lee Ragin, Cyndia Sieden, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Cyndia Sieden, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Cyndia Sieden, Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Act 2

The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Derek Lee Ragin, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner, Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir

Vienna version (1762)

Act 2

13.
1:51

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna Version (1762)

Act 2

Derek Lee Ragin, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna version (1762)

Act 2

16.
2:42

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna Version (1762)

Act 2

John Eliot Gardiner, Derek Lee Ragin, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists

Total Playing Time: 52:40

CD 2: Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30

Vienna Version (1762)

Act 3

Sylvia McNair, Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Sylvia McNair, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Sylvia McNair, Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Derek Lee Ragin, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Derek Lee Ragin, Cyndia Sieden, Sylvia McNair

Vienna version (1762)

Act 3

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Vienna Version (1762)

Act 3

Sylvia McNair, Derek Lee Ragin, Cyndia Sieden, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Total Playing Time: 36:02

Gardiner's original version "Orfeo" is unequalled in dramatic conviction, sweep and command . . . this is one of the great Gluck recordings.

Ragin sings the title-role with a daring, no-holds-barred intensity, while Gardiner has an unerring feel for the pacing and unique tinta of Gluck's revolutionary opera . . . Ragin conveys an almost shocking sense of Orpheus's pain . . . unmatched by any other countertenor. Even in 'Che farò', Orpheus's self-control threatens to crack under the force of his anguish. His Eurydice, Sylvia McNair, is uncommonly feisty and word alive. Gardiner's direction . . . [provides] thrillingly incisive choral singing and an unfailing control of dramatic tension.