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DG/Archiv releases a new recording of Gluck's Orfeo et Euridice with an all-star cast featuring countertenor Franco Fagioli in the title role. Conductor Laurence Equilbey leads a period instrument performance of the 1762 Vienna version of the score. The album also includes extra music written by Gluck for later performances. Of Fagioli's performances, the Münchener Merkur exclaims, "Cecilia Bartoli 2.0 ... impressive virtuosity... ".
The Times, 18th September 2015
Fagioli swoops from chesty tenor up to soprano and back again (sometimes in one breath), and he's unafraid to fill Gluck's lines with rich vibrato and plenty of ornamentation: this may be the closest we can get to Guadagni's sound today (short of embarking on a mass programme of castration) but you do miss some purity and nobility...This is a big spotlight for the relatively little-known Insula Orchestra and Accentus choir, who are led by Equilbey with verve and delicacy.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
[One] cannot help but be struck here by [Fagioli's] even purity of line, the androgynous beauty of his tone and his sparing use of those baritonal lower registers... Equilbey and the Insula Orchestra are painstaking in their re-creation of Gluck's original sound world: period strings and brass underscore the harshness of Orfeo's isolation where the warmer sound of conventional instruments tends to console... the choral singing from Accentus [is] exceptional in its nobility and fervour.
Recording information: Théâtre de Poissy (France) (04/05/2015/04/07/2015).
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Works DetailsGluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
- Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
- Ensemble: Insula Orchestra
- Notes: Théâtre de Poissy (France) (04/05/2015/04/07/2015)
- Running Time: 62 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Studio/Live: Live