- Il trionfo di Clelia, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 31
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Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Five stars for the music! But no star at all for the booklet, unless you are able to understand 18th-century-style italian. The booklet contains the libretto only in italian!!! Why printing the librretto at all in the original language, when the singers are wonderful and you can hear every word clearly? But I don't understand Italian. The synopsis provided in the booklet only gives a general description of the constellation of characters and summary of the plot for each act. This is almost completely useless. How on earth am I supposed to deduce from the general constellation of characters what Larissa is saying (during more than 10 minutes) to Clelia in Scene III? I am painfully missing a translation or, at the very least, a scene-by-scene synopsis. Unfortunately, I was also unable to find anything like this anywhere on the internet. Instead, the booklet tells me for example that "The orchestra also assumes the function of tome painting by representing natural phenomena in Arias Nos. 6 and 22. Thank you very much for pointing this out to me. Maybe if I had any clue what the arias are about, I would know what natural phenomena you are referring to? In music, the single sentences, often single words, are usually much more important than the general plot. Summaries are excellent for technical texts or to pass a literature exam without having read the books. But they say almost nothing about the artistic content. I am really disappointed. What can I do with an Opera (after all a drama), if I don't understand the words? I am left with three hours of beautiful but basically context-less music. What a pity for the hard work that the singers and instrumentalists have put into this CD. The playing and singing in is truly excellent.