Christoph Willibald Gluck
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1714-07-02
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Christoph Willibald Gluck

Biography (Wikipedia)

Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck (2 July 1714 – 15 November 1787) was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Born in the Upper Palatinate (now part of Germany) and raised in Bohemia, he gained prominence at the Habsburg court at Vienna, where he brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years. With a series of radical new works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, he broke the stranglehold that Metastasian opera seria had enjoyed for much of the century.

The strong influence of French opera in these works encouraged Gluck to move to Paris, which he did in November 1773. Fusing the traditions of Italian opera and the French national genre into a new synthesis, Gluck wrote eight operas for the Parisian stages. One of the last of these, Iphigénie en Tauride, was a great success and is generally acknowledged to be his finest work. Though he was extremely popular and widely credited with bringing about a revolution in French opera, Gluck's mastery of the Parisian operatic scene was never absolute, and after the poor reception of his Echo et Narcisse he left Paris in disgust and returned to Vienna to live out the remainder of his life.

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Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Aulide - Overture
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Iphigenie en Aulide - Overture
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Melody from Orfeo
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Melody from Orfeo
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Overture to La rencontre imprévue, ou Les pèlerins de la Mecque Wq. 32
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Overture to La rencontre imprévue, ou Les pèlerins de la Mecque Wq. 32
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice and Iphigenie en Aulide
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Excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice and Iphigenie en Aulide
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Non so frenare il pianto, from Antigono
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Non so frenare il pianto, from Antigono
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Paride ed Elena, Act I: 3rd Ballo
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Paride ed Elena, Act I: 3rd Ballo
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Flute Concerto in G major
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Flute Concerto in G major
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Tauride (O malheureuse Iphigenie)
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Iphigenie en Tauride (O malheureuse Iphigenie)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
The Elysian Fields (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) from Orfeo ed Euridice
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The Elysian Fields (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) from Orfeo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts: Act 2; Che puro ciel (Quel nouveau ciel)
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Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts: Act 2; Che puro ciel (Quel nouveau ciel)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
'What is life to me without thee?' (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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'What is life to me without thee?' (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphee: Melodie
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Orphee: Melodie
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Overture to La rencontre imprevue
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Overture to La rencontre imprevue
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Che faro
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Che faro
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Che farò senza Euridice? from Orfeo ed Euridice
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Che farò senza Euridice? from Orfeo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture
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Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture

Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture

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Ainhoa Garmendia
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Coro y Orquestra Titular del Teatro Real
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Coro y Orquestra Titular del Teatro Real
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Christoph Willibald Gluck
Concerto in G i) Allegro non molto
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Concerto in G i) Allegro non molto
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Gluck Ezio's arias: Pensa a serbarmi and Se il fulmine sospendi from
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Gluck Ezio's arias: Pensa a serbarmi and Se il fulmine sospendi from
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus and Euridice
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Orpheus and Euridice
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