Gluck

Gluck
Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck (2 July 1714 – 15 November 1787) was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Born in the Upper Palatinate (now part of Germany) and raised in Bohemia, he gained prominence at the Habsburg court at Vienna, where he brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years. With a series of radical new works in the 1760s, among them Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, he broke the stranglehold that Metastasian opera seria had enjoyed for much of the century.

The strong influence of French opera in these works encouraged Gluck to move to Paris, which he did in November 1773. Fusing the traditions of Italian opera and the French national genre into a new synthesis, Gluck wrote eight operas for the Parisian stages. One of the last of these, Iphigénie en Tauride, was a great success and is generally acknowledged to be his finest work. Though he was extremely popular and widely credited with bringing about a revolution in French opera, Gluck's mastery of the Parisian operatic scene was never absolute, and after the poor reception of his Echo et Narcisse he left Paris in disgust and returned to Vienna to live out the remainder of his life.
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Gluck

Gluck

Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck (2 July 1714 – 15 November 1787) was a composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Born in the Upper Palatinate (now part of Germany) and raised in Bohemia, he gained prominence at the Habsburg court at Vienna, where he brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years. With a series of radical new ...
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS Short works and excerpts
Recorded by Victor between 1926 and 1928
Total duration: 65:06

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Alfred Hertz
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Ossip Gabrilowitsch

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MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Incidental Music
GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice – Dance of the Blessed Spirits
LISZT Totentanz
TCHAIKOVSKY Waltzes
Recorded 1950-1953
Total duration: 78:37

Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Fritz Reiner

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    RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
    VARIOUS
    Symphonic movements and short pieces
    Acoustic studio recordings, 1917-1924
    Total duration: 79:41

    Leopold Stokowski, conductor
    Sergei Rachmaninov,
    piano
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
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    GLUCK Airs de Ballet
    SAINT-SAËNS Ballet Divertissement from Henry VIII
    RAVEL Mother Goose – Suite
    Music by Bach, Fauré, Moszkowski, Pierné, Beethoven

    Studio Recordings · 1927 and 1930
    Total duration: 71:54

    Walter Damrosch, conductor
    National Symphony Orchestra
    New York Symphony Orchestra