Gluck Opera

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:11 minutes | 1.36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth, Daniel Behle presents this album of Gluck’s lesser known opera arias. Showcasing their rich variety of styles, he illustrates that these works are primed for revival.
Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:59 | 373 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 0289 478 6758 6

Christoph Willibald Gluck has a place in the history books for a few big hits and for the idea of reforming the ornate style of opera seria serious opera in the 18th century, replacing it with a more natural ideal of melody. This reputation has rested on a very few pieces, and both bibliographic control and recorded explorations of Gluck's music are perhaps more sparse than for any other major composer.
Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)

Coro and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti - Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:56:09 | 580 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical | Catalog: S2K 52 492

I have a personal criterion for judging sopranos in modern recordings of any role that Maria Callas excelled in: If you can beat Callas, you are gold. And despite her achievements in bel canto roles (most of which I find uninteresting, either dramatically or as music), I still think that Callas’s greatest gift to the world of opera, particularly opera in Italy, was to point out to the entire country and the world how much more there was in roles like Elvira in I Vespri Siciliani, Cheribini’s Medea, Iphigénie in this opera, and yes, even Lady Macbeth than had been previously thought.
Gluck - Orphée et Euridice (John Eliot Gardiner, Magdalena Kozená, Patricia Petibon)

Gluck - Orphée et Euridice (John Eliot Gardiner, Magdalena Kozená, Patricia Petibon)
DVD 9 | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | MPEG-2 | LinearPCM, 2 ch; DTS, 5 ch | Language: Francais | Subtitles: English, Francais, Deutsch | 100 min | 6.94 GB
Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner
Recorded at the Theatre Musical de Paris-Chatelet in 1999 | Released: 2000 | Label: EMI
Bejun Mehta - Che Puro Ciel: The Rise of Classical Opera (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Bejun Mehta, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & René Jacobs - Che Puro Ciel: The Rise of Classical Opera (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:43 minutes | 1.22 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Arias & scenes from l’Orféo et Euridice, Ascanio in Alba, Antigona et Ifigenia in Tauride (Traetta), Il trionfo di Clelia (Hasse), Artaserse (Bach), Ezio (Gluck), Mitridate (Mozart)
Helen Donath, Nicolai Gedda, Otmar Suitner - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)

Helen Donath, Nicolai Gedda, Otmar Suitner - Gluck: Der betrogene Kadi (1998)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 49:03 | 238 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: CPO | Catalog: 999 552

Otmar Suitner was archetypical of the type of Central European conductor who comes up through the ranks (i.e., opera house, theater, or if an instrumentalist, house orchestra) and worked his way up to leadership by dint of musicality. Some move on to what is essentially international "stardom," such as the case with Karajan or Klemperer.
Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gluck: Philemon et Baucis (2006)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Gluck: Philémon et Baucis (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 509 Mb | Total time: 53:07+44:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ambroise | # AMB9995 | Recorded: 2006

The packaging for this recording, though handsomely produced, gives a perplexing impression of the content of the CDs. The album's title (in French) is Philémon et Baucis, though there is no reference to that title in the extensive program notes, which focus exclusively on a work called Le Feste d'Apollo. In fact, Le Feste d'Apollo, premiered in 1769, consisted of a prologue and three unrelated short acts, each a self-contained opera, with texts by four different Italian poets. This CD set includes two of those operas, Aristeo and Bauci e Filemone, the third opera being an early version of Orfeo ed Eurydice written in 1762, 12 years before the definitive French version of Gluck's masterpiece.
Julianne Baird, The Queen’s Chamber Band, Rudolph Palmer - Gluck: La Corona (2005) (Repost)

Julianne Baird, The Queen’s Chamber Band, Rudolph Palmer - Gluck: La Corona (2005)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:46:51 | 497 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Albany Records | Catalog: TROY 791-792

It may seem surprising that this is the first complete recording of Gluck's one-act opera (or, as he called it, serenata teatrale) La corona (The Crown) after more than 240 years. The work was never performed during Gluck's lifetime; written for the name day of Francis I, husband of Habsburg empress Maria Theresa, it was rendered irrelevant by the dedicatee's death in 1765. The listener will discover soon enough why no one has thought to revive the work since then.
Maria Bayo, Veronica Cangemi, Christopher Moulds - Gluck: L'innocenza giustificata (2005) (Repost)

Maria Bayo, Veronica Cangemi, Christopher Moulds - Gluck: L'innocenza giustificata (2005)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:27:23 | 528 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: TROY 791-792

Most opera fans are familiar with Gluck the reformist – the composer of Orphée et Eurydice who sought to balance drama and music in his works. But few know his early works which show him to be a master of the Baroque opera seria tradition he later rejected. L'innocenza giustificata, a festa teatrale written in 1755, is one of these works. Its structure – cobbled together from aria texts by Pietro Metastasio, but with new recitatives by Giacomo Durazzo – already shows a desire to create more dramatic continuity and interest than was commonly found in the Baroque period.
Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner - Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (1985)

Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner - Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride (1985)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:42:12 | 451 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Philips | Catalog: 416 149-2

This is the masterwork, Gluck's last important opera, which convinced the teenage medical student Berlioz, when he first heard it in 1821, that he had to be a composer. He worshipped Gluck and took his side in the phoney "Gluck vs.Piccini War". He set himself the task of sitting in the Conservatoire library to copy out the entire score in order to absorb its lessons. Its directness and drama influenced his artistic style his whole life through, as evinced by key points in "Les Troyens".