Christoph Willibald Gluck
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1714-07-02
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Christoph Willibald Gluck

Biography

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 ...

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Biography

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.

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Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice, Orpheus' lament & Dance of the blessed spirits transc. Kempff
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Orfeo ed Euridice, Orpheus' lament & Dance of the blessed spirits transc. Kempff
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
Dance of the Blessed Spirits - dance music from 'Orphée et Euridice'
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits - dance music from 'Orphée et Euridice'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dances of the Furies - ballet music from 'Orphee et Euridice'
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Dances of the Furies - ballet music from 'Orphee et Euridice'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphee: Melodie
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Orphee: Melodie
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orphee et Eurydice: Act II - Air des Furies
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Orphee et Eurydice: Act II - Air des Furies
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
James Galway
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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Juan Diego Flórez
Ainhoa Garmendia
Alessandra Marianelli
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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
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 1 Scene 2 - 'Addio, o miei sospiri!'
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Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 1 Scene 2 - 'Addio, o miei sospiri!'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 2 Scene 2 - 'Che puro ciel'
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Orfeo ed Euridice: Act 2 Scene 2 - 'Che puro ciel'
Christoph Willibald Gluck
'Che faro senza Euridice' (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3)
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'Che faro senza Euridice' (Orfeo ed Euridice, Act 3)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Overture to 'Armide'
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Overture to 'Armide'
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
Orfeo ed Euridice, Che faro senza Euridice
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Orfeo ed Euridice, Che faro senza Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigenie en Aulide - Overture
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Iphigenie en Aulide - Overture
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Che faro senza Euridice (J'ai perdu mon ...)from Act 3, Scene 1 of Orfeo ed Euridice
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Che faro senza Euridice (J'ai perdu mon ...)from Act 3, Scene 1 of Orfeo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Melodie for violin and piano
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Melodie for violin and piano
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus and Euridice (Air des Furies)
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Orpheus and Euridice (Air des Furies)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts, Act 1 scene 4;
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Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts, Act 1 scene 4;

Orfeo ed Euridice - opera in 3 acts, Act 1 scene 4;

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Juan Diego Flórez
Ainhoa Garmendia
Alessandra Marianelli
Choir
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
Orfeo ed Euridice: Men tiranne, ah!; Ah, quale incognito; Air des Furies
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Orfeo ed Euridice: Men tiranne, ah!; Ah, quale incognito; Air des Furies
Christoph Willibald Gluck
'J'ai perdu mon Eurydice' from Orfeo ed Euridice - Act 3 scene 1
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'J'ai perdu mon Eurydice' from Orfeo ed Euridice - Act 3 scene 1
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigenia in Tauris), Acts 1 & 2
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Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigenia in Tauris), Acts 1 & 2
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice - Che Faro senza Euridice
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Orfeo ed Euridice - Che Faro senza Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Il Parnaso confuso - serenata teatrale in 1 act
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Il Parnaso confuso - serenata teatrale in 1 act
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Symphony in G major, Wq. deest. Chen G3
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Symphony in G major, Wq. deest. Chen G3
Emmanuel Pahud
Concerto in G for flute and orchestra
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Concerto in G for flute and orchestra
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Biography

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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