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Orpheus und Eurydike

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Orpheus und Eurydike 2008 (1 of 2)

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Gluck - opera Orfeo ed Euridice

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Gluck - Opera Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq.30 | René Jacobs Freiburger Barockorchester

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Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna version, 1762)

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Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice (Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir)

Orpheus und Eurydike is an opera by Ernst Krenek. The German text is based on a play by Oskar Kokoschka. Kokoschka began writing his play during his convalescence and it premiered in 1921, one year before Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus appeared. In 1923 he let it be known that he was looking for a composer to write incidental music. Kokoschka's expressionist, psychological treatment of the Orpheus myth, marked by his passion for Alma Mahler, appealed to Krenek so he approached Kokoschka.
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