- Nicolas Testé
- Anne von Otter
- Frédéric Antoun
- Martijn Cornet
- Christian Helmer
- Laurent Alvaro
- Salome Haller
- Véronique Gens
Notes & Reviews:
Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of Agamemnon. In Aulis, the drama of Iphigenia rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before the fickle gods intervene. Gluck's operatic settings of the two stories are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experienceNotes & Reviews:
Run Time: 267 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch
Time and the ever-changing tastes of concert-goers have a disconcerting habit of shouldering aside once-popular composers. Thus performances of Gluck's operas are rare nowadays. Some devotees of them may therefore welcome this DVD double album, but I am not entirely happy with it. "Iphigenie en Aulide" has a superb cast and is highly recommended. I wish that I could be as enthusiastic about "Iphigenie en Tauride." To describe the cast as "satisfactory but not optimal" seems dismissive, but that is my reaction to this production. Some Gluck-lovers might be happier with other performances of "Tauride."
Submitted on 05/20/13 by Ted Wilks
Works DetailsGluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigénie en Aulide
- Performers: Véronique Gens; Salome Haller; Nicolas Testé; Anne von Otter; Frédéric Antoun; Martijn Cornet; Christian Helmer; Laurent Alvaro
- Conductor: Marc Minkowski
- Ensemble: Les Musiciens de Louvre Grenoble
- Running Time: 229 min. sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Studio/Live: Studio