Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Gluck
Arias from:
Armide
Iphigénie en Aulide
Iphigénie en Tauride
Alceste
La Recontre Imprévue
Paride ed Elena
Orfeo ed Euridice
Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)

English Chamber Orchestra
Raymond Leppard

Recorded April 1975 in London
CD No: PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 476 2617
Duration: 54 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
The measure of these artists’ greatness is just how stylish everything still sounds. Numerous arias from various operas are intensely enacted by Janet Baker. With able support from Raymond Leppard and the ECO, Baker brings out the emotional import of each aria to perfection – the expressive grace of the famous 'Che faro’, closing the disc, is typical of the whole.

 

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