[reblog] Christoph Willibald Gluck [1714-1787] – Orfeo ed Euridice, Dance of the Blessed Spirits

from Oannes blog…
🎧 click on the image to see original post and listen…

Ο Χορός των Ευλογημένων Πνευμάτων, από τον “Ορφέα και Ευρυδίκη”, του ανανεωτή της όπερας C.W. Gluck. Μπαρόκ δοσμένο με όρους ρομαντισμού [δεν υπάρχουν εδώ “όργανα εποχής”] αλλά με απαράμιλλη μουσικότητα, από τον Κάραγιαν και τη Φιλαρμονική του Βερολίνου.

Dance of the Blessed Spirits from the opera ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ written by the reformer of opera, C.W. Gluck. Baroque in romantic terms [no instruments of that period] but with unparalleled musicality, by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.

More about these reblogs

Lately I have been rebloging music videos from Oannes new blog. For my friends who didn’t know, or wonder why…. Oannes [aka Socratis Papahatzis] is my husband, partner in life and music and the one with my undying admiration. Together we have a band MK-O [the music of Marina Kanavaki & Oannes]. So, it’s my pleasure to share with you his [and mine] musical selections. Although here I reblog mainly his musical selections, he writes exceptional articles on various topics [some may need translation], so do visit his site. He has my highest recommendation!

2 replies »

  1. The dance of the blessed spirits is really a beautiful piece of music. However, here, as in some other cases as well, I find Karajan’s interpretation a bit too slow, not really appropriate for 18th century music – compare for example the faster intrpretation (I don’t know by which musicians) used here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6T8Dgd-Xkk as a background for some beautiful microscopic images.

    • A question you could address to Oannes who’s selection I re-posted in order to get his response on your comment. If you ask me, I agree with his choice. I get what you’re saying and in some cases Karajan does that, however here his interpretation is exceptionally musical, so I’d give it another chance. I doubt Gluck would find it inappropriate though… 😉

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