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Gluck: Arie D'Opera

Gluck: Arie D'Opera

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This collection of arias from the operas Il Tigrane, Poro, La Sofonisba, L’Ippolito is a testimony of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera activity from the year 1743 to 1745. At the age of 30, yet already successful composer, Gluck wrote his operas for the most important events in the cities of Crema, Turin and Milan, almost without a break. He seems to be at the peak of his career, yet he has not created those great compositions such as Orpheus and Euridice, Paride ed Elena, Alceste, that would have linked his name to the reform of opera theorised together with Ranieri de’ Calzabigi and which made him one of the immortal names in the music history. The autographs of these arias no longer exist, nor the scores of the entire operas. Some pieces, sometimes with only basso continuo accompaniment, are all that remain of the enormous fortune that those performances had at the time. To be as close as possible to the original performance, arias with existing orchestral part have been chosen, except for the aria""Se viver non poss’io"" from the opera Poro which was orchestrated from the basso continuo and some indication of the first violin motif, as complete scores of the opera Poro no longer exist. The curator of the work is Elena De Simone herself, a mezzo-soprano that – accompanied by Il Mosaico ensemble – already distinguished herself with the rediscovery of the works by Hasse and Maria Teresa Agnesi (Tactus' TC690801, TC720101 and TC720102).

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: January 19, 2024

  • UPC: 8007194108057

  • Catalog Number: TC710703

  • Label: Tactus

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Il Mosaico

  • Performer: Elena De Simone, Gian Andrea Guerra, Pietro Battistoni, Valentina Soncini, Gionata Brunelli, Mario Filippini, Michele Favaro, Nicolo Dotti, Alessandro Crippa, Enrico Bissolo