Gluck Opera Arias / Behle

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Label: DECCA
Catalog: 4786758
Format: CD

Daniel Behle

Gluck: Quercia annosa sull’erte pendici (from Antigono) World premiere recording Io veggo in lontananza (from Semiramide riconosciuta) World premiere recording Non hai cor per un’impresa (from Ipermestra) World premiere recording Se povero il ruscello (from Ezio) Bel piacer saria d’un core (from Semiramide riconosciuta) World premiere recording Qual ira intempestiva… (from La contesa de’numi) Oggi per me non sudi (from La contesa de’numi) Son lungi e non mi brami (from Le cinesi) Cruelle, non, jamais (from Iphigénie en Aulide) J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice) Je chérirai, jusqu’au trépas (from Le rencontre imprévue)

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth, Daniel Behle presents this album of Gluck’s lesser known opera arias. Showcasing their rich variety of styles, he illustrates that these works are primed for revival. Daniel Behle is accompanied by one of Europe’s leading Baroque orchestras, Armonia Atenea, conducted by the extraordinary George Petrou. Making a first Decca appearance on Cecilia Bartoli’s recording of Steffani’s Stabat Mater, Daniel Behle’s highly thought-of tenor voice has been compared with legends such as Richard Tauber and Anton Dermota. Four world premiere recordings are featured in a programme which includes arias from ten different Gluck operas. Greece’s Armonia Atenea, conducted by George Petrou, continue to build their reputation as one of Europe’s leading Baroque orchestras. This album is being released in conjunction with Beethoven’s ‘Creatures of Prometheus’ (also conducted by George Petrou in a searing performance with Armonia Atenea) in June 2014. ‘Throughout, he demonstrates admirable evenness of tone across his range, and the ability to subtly convey the intricacies of religious devotion.’ (The Independent). This album coincides with the release of ‘Gluck: The Great Operas’ - a set featuring seven full operas, and a special disc of historical recordings and rarities, paying homage to the key role of this composer in the development of opera as an art form.

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