Gluck Paride ed Elena

Gluck Paride ed Elena

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano),

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Gillian Webster (soprano)

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

A buried treasure that has been unfairly cast aside, an all-female cast bring Gluck’s forgotten masterpiece to vivid life, expertly supported on authentic instruments by Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Players.

Excerpt: “Quegli Occi Belli”

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“Kožená is a rash, dangerous Paride, with lean but fruity tone and sensual phrasing… McCreesh’s magnificent cast and crew serves up a veritable rainbow of sounds: dances of billowing softness, throbbing recitatives and tart, lashing (but unheeded) reminders of civic duties.”Time Out (New York)

“A ravishing seduction.”BBC Music Magazine

“Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli ensemble reminds the listener yet again of the fabulous standard we enjoy these days for early-instrument groups on CD. Rhythmically and tonally the Gabrieli’s contribution is simply faultless; none of the other brilliant groups out there, whether British, French or German, could achieve more in this music. McCreesh is absolutely at one with his singers, an ultra-sensitive accompanist throughout…”International Record Review

DG Archiv

0289 477 5415 2 DDD AH2

May 2005