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GLUCK: Alceste

Composer(s):Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660066-68
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This is the first recording of the Vinna version of Alceste, rather simpler and more direct in manner than the far-better-known French version of 1776. Here, Alceste’s powerful aria Divinités du Styx becomes Ombre, larve, less imposing, and the intimate scale of the Drottningholm presentation reflects that, with a cast of young singers remarkable for their freshness rather than for their power.


Review By Martin Buzacott,ABC Radio 24 Hours,February 2000

"Gluck's Alceste, composed in 1767, has tended to be overshadowed by his masterly Orfeo ed Euridice, but it's always had its admirers. It's bound to win many more now, with this wonderful, spirited new recording conducted by Arnold Õstman recorded in the Drottningholms Stottstheater in Sweden...I can't recall a recording of a pre-1780 opera that I've enjoyed more...You can almost hear the evolution of the Baroque turning into the Classical in this musical tour-de-force."

Review By The Age,October 1999

"This performance is lovingly prepared and conducted by...Arnold Ostman...The American soprano Teresa Ringholz is a doughty Alceste, lyrical and firm; and the English tenor Justin Lavender is heroic as her husband, Admeto, whom she rescues from death by offering herself in exchange. The rest of the cast, and the splendid chorus and orchestra show benefit of long rehearsal and a series of performances."

Review By Alan Blyth,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),August 1999

"... it is excellent that this three-disc set is of the Italian original. This is a convincing performance... Under the period-instrument specialist Arnold Ötman, it proves a worthwhile and moving experience."

"[Teresa Ringholz] enters into the mind and soul of Alceste and conveys the passionate resolution of her aims. Her expression of grief is all the more convincing for being so contained."


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