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Gluck: Don Juan / Handel: Ariodante - Ballet Music
Gluck: Don Juan / Handel: Ariodante - Ballet Music (Decca 476 244-0)
SKU: 03015
Price:
AU $8.95

  
Label: Decca Cat. No.: 476 244-0 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

These rarities of sprightly, energetic and utterly charming music make a welcome return to the catalogue at budget price. A contemporary reaction to the first production is found in the diary of Count Zinzendorf, who found the subject '…extremely sad, lugubrious and frightening... Hell appears, furies dance with lighted torches and torment Don Juan; in the background a splendid firework represents hellfire. Devils are seen flying. The ballet goes on a long time; at last the devils carry Don Juan away and leap with him into the flaming pit. All this was excellently done, the music being very fine.'

Gluck's autographed score has not survived, but it would seem that the 1761 production contained many fewer musical numbers then the 31 which appeared in the published score and are recorded here. The couplings here from Ariodante and Il pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd) were cornerstone of Sir Thomas Beecham's so-called 'lollipops' and are beautifully rendered here. The recordings represent some of the Academy/Marriner's earliest, dating from 1967 (Gluck) and 1971 (Handel).

A Decca Eloquence CD.

Composers: Gluck, Handel.
Conductors: Sir Neville Marriner.
Orchestras: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Tracks:


1
2-4
5-9
10-15
16-17 
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714-1787)
Don Juan
Sinfonia
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV


18
19
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
Ariodante
Ouverture
Sinfonia pastorale, Ballo

20
21
Il Pastor Fido
Ouverture
March: Air pour les chasseurs I & II
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 03015
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 476 244-0
Price: AU $8.95   
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