gluck orfeo on vivalavoce today

Today February 11 @8PM EST on vivalavoce
(update: links provided 2 min ago were wrong, now correct at 20h02 EST)

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano) [Orfeo] | Margaret Marshall (soprano) [Euridice] | Edita Gruberova [Amore] | Ambrosian Opera Chorus | Philharmonia Orchestra | Riccardo Muti (conductor)

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About thả diều
writing-challenged opera-addict

5 Responses to gluck orfeo on vivalavoce today

  1. How was it? I can’t believe I’m still awake, yet have to get up in less than 6 hours to get in time to find a seat for a baroque masterclass all-day thing.

    OK, off to bed, LP.

    • thả diều says:

      oh wow, all-day baroque masterclass!! do tell do tell.
      the recording, i didn’t care so much for it. took me almost until the end to realize it was in italian! the tempo for “che faro senza euridice” made it sound like at times like a cassette recording that has gone dragged. esp because there wasn’t much drama (in the recording) leading into it.

    • Among things that I learned at this master class: slower tempo is harder for singers and (I infer) requires more skill and control. An Item that I knew from before: today’s audiences prefer faster tempi for everything. We can analyze why, but it *is* the case.

      • thả diều says:

        true, about faster tempi, else audience can’t hold their attention too well 🙂 . I think it’s good to have slow tempi if the singers are capable of carry out the drama with their voices (which i think is why it’s very hard for them, no? among breath control and everything else) . The super slow tempo in Euridice, for example, was dragging in my opinion. it’s like you don’t know why suddenly it was slow. what is the purpose…

        so i’ll sit tight and wait for some nice write up about baroque music over at yo place? 😉 you’ve picked it up quite a bit over there!

        have decided to tune in tonight for puccini and fassbaender, don’t think i’ve ever heard her before.

      • I’m still processing the class… Some of it just went above my head… One Bach expert and one Purcell & Handel-in-English expert, two really different baroques.

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