Gluck: Iphigénie En Tauride

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Label: ARTHAUS
Catalog: 109193
Format: BLU RAY

GALSTIAN GILFRY VAN DER WALT SCHARINGER JANKOVA ORCHESTRA ""LA SCINTILLA"" OF THE ZURICH OPERA HOUSE CHORUS, BALLET

Gluck’s wonderful but neglected 1774 opera Iphigénie en Tauride, inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Claus Guth’s revolutionary production staged at the Zurich Opera House. The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underlined by Guth’s use of huge masks and enclosed spaces. Conductor William Christie and his typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly match the descriptive elements in Gluck’s score, while the Armenian mezzosoprano Juliette Galstian as a fabulously good Iphigénie, the leading American opera baritone Rodney Gilfry as Oreste and the late South African tenor Deon van der Walt as Pylade head a superb cast.

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