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Gluck's Orfeo
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wagnerfan
2011-11-24 16:50:55 UTC
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I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
William Sommerwerck
2011-11-24 17:11:09 UTC
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Minkowski. (Odd that I mentioned him in a post just a few minutes ago.)
Angelotti
2011-11-24 19:54:59 UTC
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Post by wagnerfan
I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
I agree with the French Simoneau recording, always had it as LP, and
of course on C, still the best and bringing the pleasure of true
french singing.
I own the Richter - Fischer-Dieskau, Muti, Fasano - Verrett and the
live recording from 1959 with Karajan, Simionato and Jurinac, not in
very good sound, but I love it very much.
Only the Muti I find to be very dull.
Hvdlinden
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2019-09-05 05:03:49 UTC
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Post by wagnerfan
I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
I agree with the French Simoneau recording, always had it as LP, and
of course on C, still the best and bringing the pleasure of true
french singing...
What about Gedda?:

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1093&bih=526&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=6ZZwXdyeG4-w0PEPmoyw4A0&q=gedda+orphee&oq=gedda+orphee&gs_l=img.3..35i39.13501.14455..15060...0.0..0.102.284.1j2......0....1..gws-wiz-img.UbshJAQRAQw&ved=0ahUKEwict-7V87jkAhUPGDQIHRoGDNwQ4dUDCAY&uact=5#imgrc=uc_ajLcd09AGjM:
Christopher Ingham
2011-11-24 20:32:03 UTC
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Post by wagnerfan
I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
Incidentally, does anyone know who did the Monteverdi Orfeo that aired
c. 1980 on Bravo (?), and whether that performance is available on CD
or DVD?

Christopher Ingham
Tom Wood
2011-11-28 22:18:55 UTC
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That was likely the Harnoncourt/Ponnelle TV production recorded in
1978. Their Orfeo is excellent, but their Il Ritorno d'Ulise in Patria
is even better. They're available as DGG DVDs. Get the boxed set with
Orfeo, Il Ritorno and L'Incoronazione di Poppea for a real Monteverdi
feast.

Tom Wood
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Post by wagnerfan
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
Incidentally, does anyone know who did the Monteverdi Orfeo that aired
c. 1980 on Bravo (?), and whether that performance is available on CD
or DVD?
Christopher Ingham
Terry
2011-11-24 22:59:29 UTC
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Post by wagnerfan
I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
I like three: Kuijken/Jacobs/Kweksilber, on Accent; Gardiner/Ragin/McNair on
Decca; and Bernius/Chance/Argenta on Sony. Beautiful singing by all three
Orfeos and two of the Euridices (Only Kweksilber disappoints me a tad), and
alert accompaniment by the three conductors. And not one Dance of the
Blessed Spirits to be had, which is a pity I guess.
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Cheers!

Terry
The Historian
2011-11-25 04:35:50 UTC
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Post by wagnerfan
I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
My favorite opera.... and Verrett my favorite Orfeo. Then again, I like all the recordings I've heard, except the RCA set led by Monteux. In that case I think it's a combination of the harsh sound and inflated orchestra that turn me off.
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2019-09-05 04:20:54 UTC
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Post by wagnerfan
I have many recordings of this great work in all its various guises -
I am hard put to say which ones I really like or dislike most - it
depends on what I'm in the mood for. Whether its the elegance of the
French tenor version with Simoneau, the versions with Italian or
German mezzos or contraltos (I do like Klose) , the dramatic bull
dozer approach of Horne or even the transposed baritone version with
Fischer-Dieskau. It says a lot that the work itself can survive all
these various versions - wondering which the posters like and
why????Wagner fan
My favorite opera.... and Verrett my favorite Orfeo. Then again, I like all the recordings I've heard, except the RCA set led by Monteux. In that case I think it's a combination of the harsh sound and inflated orchestra that turn me off.
I am a Monteux fan, but found his Gluck Victrola lp unlistenable (after clicking on link below, scroll down page a bit):

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1093&bih=526&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=L4xwXa6WH7PR9APXlIOQBw&q=monteux+gluck+victrola+lp&oq=monteux+gluck+victrola+lp&gs_l=img.3...5923.7819..8085...0.0..0.103.787.7j2......0....1..gws-wiz-img.ski0uN6vhyY&ved=0ahUKEwju6b-46bjkAhWzKH0KHVfKAHIQ4dUDCAY&uact=5#imgrc=_KnXBICOlzo9GM:
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