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Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)

Part Three

Wednesday 26 September 2007 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Wednesday 26 September 2007 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Wednesday 30 July 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

In his lifetime, Gluck's achievements were overshadowed by a fiery debate on the relationship between words and music in opera. Gluck's manifesto, laid out in the preface to his opera Alceste, was to 'restrict music to its true function of serving poetry'. Donald Macleod investigates.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Sinfonia, Marche (Alessandro)
Musica Antique Koln directed by Reinhard Goebel
Archiv 445 824-2 t16-17

Act III Scenes 3-5 (Alceste)
Theresa Ringholz (Alceste)
Justin Lavender (Admeto)
Jonas Degerfeldt (Evandro)
Miriam Treichl (Ismene)
Lars Martinsson (Gran sacerdote/Apollo)
Adam Giertz (Eumolo)
Emelie Clausen (Aspasia)
Mattias Nilsson (Un banditore)
Johan Lilja (L'oracolo)
Dronttingholm Theatre Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Arnold Ostman
Naxos 8.660066-68 CD3 t 9-21

Overture, Act I (Paride ed Elena)
Magdalena Kozena (Paride)
Carolyn Sampson (Amore)
Gabrieli Consort & Players conducted by Paul McCreesh
Archiv 00289 477 5414 CD1 t1-15




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