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Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Achilles (excerpts) (1)
Alceste (excerpts) (1)
Alceste (highlights) (2)
Alceste (32)
Antigono (1)
Armide (excerpts) (1)
Armide (9)
Ballet Suite (arr. Mottl) (2)
Demetrio (1)
Demofoonte (2)
De profundis, Wq50 (1)
Der Jungling (I), Wq57 (1)
Der Tod (1)
Die Pilger von Mekka (1)
Die Sommernacht (II), Wq62 (1)
Don Juan, Wq52 (5)
Echo et Narcisse, Wq47 (1)
Einem Bach, der fliesst (1)
Ezio (5)
Flute Concerto in G major, op.4 (1)
Flute Quintet [no.1] in G major (1)
Flute Quintet [no.2] in G major (1)
Gavotte d'Orphee (1)
Gavotte (2)
Il Parnaso Confuso (2)
Il Tigrane (2)
Il Trionfo di Clelia (1)
Il re pastore (1)
Ipermestra, Wq7 (1)
Iphigenie en Aulide (excerpts) (1)
Iphigenie en Aulide (revised Richard Wagner) (1)
Iphigenie en Aulide (23)
» Adieu
Iphigenie en Tauride (excerpts) (1)
Iphigenie en Tauride (highlights) (1)
Iphigenie en Tauride (26)
Ippolito (1)
L'innocenza giustificata (1)
L'ivrogne corrige (1)
La Corona (2)
La Danza (1)
La Rencontre imprevue, ou Les Pelerins de la Mecque, Wq32 (excerpts) (1)
La Rencontre imprevue, ou Les Pelerins de la Mecque, Wq32 (highlights) (1)
La Rencontre imprevue, ou Les Pelerins de la Mecque, Wq32 (3)
La clemenza di Tito (1)
Le Cinesi (highlights) (1)
Le Cinesi (1)
Le feste d'Apollo (1)
Melodia (trans. ME Bossi) (1)
Minona lieblich und hold, Wq63 (1)
Oboe Quintet [no.1] in C major (1)
Oboe Quintet [no.2] in C major (1)
Oden und Lieder (7), Wq49 (1)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (ed. Berlioz) (5)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (excerpts) (1)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (highlights) (1)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (orchestral excerpts) (2)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (166)
» Act 2
» Menuet
Paride ed Elena (excerpts) (1)
Paride ed Elena (highlights) (1)
Paride ed Elena (9)
Semiramide riconosciuta (1)
Semiramis, Wq56 (1)
Sextet in G major (1)
Sinfonia in G major (arr. Hans Gal) (1)
Sofonisba (2)
Symphony Chen A1, Wq deest, 'Regensburger' (1)
Symphony Chen D2, Wq165/2 (1)
Symphony Chen F1, Wq165/5 (1)
Symphony Chen G3, Wq deest, 'Weimarer' (2)
Symphony concertante Chen D6, Wq deest (1)
Telemaco (3)

Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck ( 2 July 1714 – 15 November 1787) was a German composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. After many years at the Habsburg court at Vienna, Gluck 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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Queen Elisabeth Competition: Voice 2023 (Live)
Queen Elisabeth Competition: Voice 2023 (Live)

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Mozart - Italian Arias
Mozart - Italian Arias

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