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Christoph Willibald Gluck

Dreams & Fables

  • Tremo fra' dubbi miei from "La clemenza di Tito", Wq 16
  • Di questa cetra in seno from "Il Parnaso confuso", Wq 33
  • Misera, dove son!…Ah! non son io che parlo from "Ezio", Wq 15
  • Ciascun siegua il suo stile…Maggior follia from "La Semiramide riconosciuta", Wq 13
  • Quel chiaro rio from "La Corona"
  • Ah, taci barbro… Come potesti, oh Dio! from "La clemenza di Tito"
  • Se mai senti spirarti sul volto from "La clemenza di Tito"
  • Berenice, che fai? from Antigono, Wq 21
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/Bernhard Forck
Decca 467248-2 68m DDD
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The wonderful presentation of this sumptuously produced album is definitely a plus point in your decision for purchasing. An exclusive cardboard gatefold sleeve opens with a stunningly illustrated booklet with the disc fitting neatly into a slipcase.

Musically, this is also a top-drawer collection of works that have long been overlooked. Particularly memorable are the arias. 'Tremo fra' dubbi miei' from 'La Clemenza di Tito' and 'Quel chiaro rio' from 'La Corona', both operas of outstanding beauty that demonstrate Gluck's pre-eminent position as the composer of the day. Bartoli is indeed an outstanding singer, she brings an inherent quality and panache to the arias that are interpreted almost faultlessly. Forck and the Berlin Akadamie are sympathetic musical partners throughout.

Much enjoyment will certainly be had by browsing through the notes and facsimile reproductions whilst listening to these sublime pieces on a cold Saturday evening!

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech