Christoph Willibald Gluck – Le Cinesi
About the opera:
Le Cinesi (The Chinese Women) is an opera in one act, with music composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck. The Italian-language libretto was by Pietro Metastasio, and this libretto had first been set by Antonio Caldara in 1735. More specifically, the work is often described as an azione teatrale, as opposed to a festa teatrale, where the designation as an azione teatrale indicates that this work was not intended for a formal occasion such as a court festivity, a marriage or a name-day. The work was first performed for the Austrian royal family at the Vienna Schlosshof on September 24, 1754, on the occasion of the visit of the Empress Maria Theresa to the household of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Max Loppert has commented on Gluck’s relationship with the Austrian royal family and its bearings on this work. The work has also been characterised as a satire on then-contemporary opera conventions.
01. Sinfonia (Overture) (5:57)
02. Rezitativo: E ben: Stupide e mute (10:22)
03. Aria: Prenditi il figlio …! (3:01)
04. Rezitativo: Ah, non firnir sì presto (3:20)
05. Aria: Son lunghi e non mi brami (7:18)
06. Rezitativo: Che vi par della scena ¿ (1:41)
07. Aria: Non seperar, non lusingarti (7:43)
08. Rezitativo: Che amabil pastorella! (3:24)
09. Aria: Ad un riso, ad un’occhiata (5:57)
10. Rezitativo: Che ti sembra, Silango (2:20)
11. Quarttetto: Voli il piede in lieti giri (5:23)
mp3, 320 kbps, cd ripping, 56:28 minutes
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