Gluck’s visionary opera „Orpheus und Eurydike”–
„the highest form of a soul’s landscape“ (Michi Gaigg)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orpheus und Eurydike
Viennese version 1762, set to German by Johann Daniel Sander
Armin Gramer Orpheus ∙ Ulrike Hofbauer Eurydike ∙
Fritz Theodor Richard Spengler Amor
Heinrich Schütz Ensemble ∙ chorus master: Martin Steidler
Dancers: Dunja Bengsch, Ziv Frenkel, Barbara Goodman,
Irineu de Cássio Marcovecchio, Wolfgang Reuter,
Director: Benjamin Schad
Scenery: Annett Lausberg, Tobias Flemming
Choreography: Yasha Wang
Conductor: Michi Gaigg
According to the North German Radio „the L’Orfeo Barockorchester lives up to its name” with its recording of Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera „Orpheus“ (dhm/Sony Music, 2011). L’Orfeo now presents another remarkable work based on this highly popular material: „Orpheus und Eurydike“ by Christoph Willibald Gluck.
The role of Eurydike, once again since the Telemann production, is sung by Ulrike Hofbauer. The young alto, Armin Gramer, praised for his highly emotional yet vulnerable interpretation of this role, sings Orpheus. The young countertenor from Passau, Fritz Spengler, will perform Amor. In his effort to release Eurydike from the realm of darkness the young and brash Orpheus encounters an ensemble of dancers between the age of 55 and 75, posing quite another perspective based on the experience of a long life…
Conductor Michi Gaigg regards Gluck’s visionary opera as „the highest form of a soul’s landscape“– a masterwork way beyond its time, directly addressing today’s audience. Michi Gaigg: Gluck’s „Orpheus und Eurydike“, this is „simply moving and charming music.“
SWR2, Sonntag, 5 June 2011 | 8:03 pm
On Sunday night it’s time for The hour of music theatre on the German radio channel SWR2. In this programme a complete work is introduced and discussed. L’Orfeo’s most recent opera CD release, Telemann’s Orpheus, directed by Michi Gaigg, will be presented on June 5.
L’Orfeo starts year 2010 with two new CD recordings:
Our traditional CD label cpo has announced the release of a long awaited CD on January 11th. The L’Orfeo Wind Ensemble, consisting of the wind players of the orchestra and directed by Carin van Heerden (also see the present Catalogue-CD by cpo with Overture Suites by Telemann), presents its debut with the Complete works for wind octet and quintet by Mozart’s friend Josef Myslivecek (first ever recording on historical instruments / world premiere recording): this music is a happy fusion of South German, Bohemian and Italian sound and melodic idiom - opera without words!
On January 29th our younger CD partner, deutsche harmonia mundi (Sony Music) presents our next release of music by Joseph Haydn: After the Echo Classic prize award for Arie per un’amante we turn to a nearly uninhabited “Wüste Insel” (Desert Island) - the late German version of Metastasio’s azione teatrale, which Haydn set to music at the age of seventy. This work is stacked with dramatic intensity, moving between Sturm und Drang and classical proportions. The audience is presented with the story of two shipwrecked lovers who overcome piracy and desperation. And of course with a very happy end…
The L’Orfeo Barockorchester, directed by Michi Gaigg, was awarded the Austrian Radio (Ö1) Pasticcio Prize for its recording Arie per un’amante (dhm/Sony Music), marking the end of the Haydn anniversary year 2009:
… An extract from the jury’s statement: „… among the numerous CD’s with music by Haydn which were released during this year we wanted to select one especially. Our choice, repeatedly now, was the CD by the L’Orfeo Barockorchester. This orchestra has proved once again its immense flexibility and its technical and stylistic precision, especially in accompanying soloists.
Additionally, the prize goes to the singers Nuria Rial, who has also been awarded the Echo Classical prize in the category „Young talents“ for this recording, and to Margot Oitzinger, born and bred in Graz and multiple award winner as Baroque singer.“
The Pasticcio Prize is awarded every last Thursday of the month during the programme Pasticcio on Austrian radio Ö1 to an exceptional Austrian CD.
The jury consists of Helmut Jasbar, Alfred Solder, Hans Georg Nicklaus (all employed by ORF Ö1), Marie-Therese Rudolph (Music dramatic advisor) and Carsten Fastner (Falter).
The L’Orfeo Barockorchester was already awarded the Pasticcio Prize in 2003 for its recording of Mozart’s concert arias with the tenor Christoph Prégardien.
Swiss Radio DRS2, Musikmagazin, Saturday 5.12.2009, 09:38 am
The Salzburg violinist turns more and more to conducting. During a rehearsal break at the Lucerne Jesuit Church she is interviewed and talks about festivals, anniversaries and crises and about conducting her L’Orfeo Barockorchester through difficult times, yet maintaining a positive and happy attitude. (Interview conducted by Gabriela Kägi)
We are thrilled with Nuria Rial, Echo Classical Award winner - 2009
The soprano Nuria Rial was awarded the renowned Echo Classic Award (category Young talents) for her recording with the L’Orfeo Barockorchester of Joseph Haydn - Arie per un’amante (dhm / Sony Music), conducted by Michi Gaigg.
The prize (www.echoklassik.de) will be awarded, with live broadcast, from the Dresdner Semperoper, 18 October 2009, 10 pm on the German ZDF tv channel
See the following link for press reviews on the CD recording:
Joseph Haydn Arie per un’ amante
with Nuria Rial, Soprano · Margot Oitzinger, Mezzo soprano
and the L’Orfeo Barockorchester conducted by Michi Gaigg
L’Orfeo Barockorchester with Mozart’s „Linzer Sinfonie“ on BR - Bayerisches Fernsehen
Sunday, 25 October 2009, 12 am
Gala concert celebrating 25 years of the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg
Broadcast from the concert on 29 May 2009, Alte Kapelle, Regensburg
Regensburger Domspatzen and L’Orfeo Barockorchester
Conducted by Roland Büchner (KV 427) and Michi Gaigg (KV 425)
The L’Orfeo Barockorchester presented the opening concert together with the Regensburger Domspatzen in this year’s 25th anniversary of the renowned Festival for Early Music in Regensburg. The programme consisted of Mozart’s C Minor Mass KV 427 as well as his Symphony in C major KV 425 „Linzer Sinfonie“.
It was during the end of October 1783 that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his wife Constanze travelled from Salzburg to Vienna, stopping in Linz to visit the Duke Johann von Thun-Hohenstein. In a letter to his father on Tuesday the 4th November he writes about his plan to give a concert in Linz’s theatre, but since he didn’t bring a symphony with him he’ll have to rush to compose a new one for the occasion. The impressive result of the intensive work during the following six days was the Symphony in C major (KV 425) which henceforth carried the name of the city where it was composed and premiered, Linz.
12 September 2009
Lucerne, Jesuitenkirche, 7:30 pm
Works by J.-F. Rebel, A. Vivaldi, J. Haydn and J.-Ph. Rameau
Carin van Heerden, recorder
L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Directed by: Michi Gaigg
On the 11 August 2009 the Salzburg Bach Choir, the Musiciens du Louvre and the L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra combined to perform Joseph Haydn’s The Creation under the direction of Marc Minkowski.
The Felsenreitschule was sold out and the audience replied with standing ovations.
Further projects with the colleagues from Grenoble are planned…
Read our Press reviews.
On the 31st July 2009 Carin van Heerden and the L’Orfeo Wind Ensemble opened the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer with a programme of Harmoniemusik from Paris and London during the end of the 18th century, with Haydn forming the centre and an extraordinary instrumentation.
Read the interview with Carin van Heerden in the Allgäuer Zeitung: Ohrwürmer zum Picknick
PS: Thw Bayerische Rundfunk broadcast this spezial highlight on Friday, 7 August 2009 at 18.05 on BR 4 Klassik.
3sat, Saturday, 21 March 2009, 8:15 pm & Whit Sunday, 31 May 2009, 11 am
Joseph Haydn: “One understands my language across the whole world”
An evening celebrating the opening of the anniversary festivities for Haydn in 2009 on the TV channel 3sat. With a.o. Patricia Petibon, Paul Badura-Skoda, Mischa Maisky, the Viennese Boys’ Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Featuring excerpts from the concert on 8 September 2008 at the International Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria:
Joseph Haydn: Arias for Luigia Polzelli
with Nuria Rial, Sopran
L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Michi Gaigg
“a warm thank you, especially to the orchestra and the soloists who brought back to us the original Mozart sound.”
from the speech of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI following the Concert celebrating the
85th birthday of Domkapellmeister em. Apostol. Protonotar Prof. Dr. h.c. Georg Ratzinger
on 17 January 2009 in the Sixtine Chapel of the Vatican Palace in Rome
W.A. Mozart’s Mass in c minor K 427
was performed by:
Simona Saturova & Stella Doufexis, Soprano
Robert Buckland, Tenor
Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Bass
The Regensburger Domspatzen
L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Directed by: Roland Büchner
17.01.09, 5:50 pm: LIVE-Broadcast by Vatican Television Center (CTV)
18.01.09, 12 am: TV-Broadcast on Bayerisches Fernsehen (BR)