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Rameau - Une Symphonie Imaginaire


Release Date: 07/12/2005 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000472036   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Jean-Philippe Rameau’s musical output consists mainly of works for keyboard and the stage. This is a pity for music lovers who do not cozy to either genre—his opera-ballets (or tragedies lyrique, or pastorales héroique, as they’re sometimes known) are amazing works—rich, rhythmically varied, and orchestrated with such flavor, color, and originality that they’re irresistible. Just as Lully’s stage works were appreciated for their elegance and once-removed stature, Rameau’s stir the feelings. The Lullyists thought his music “noisy”; what they were hearing was originality and music that tingled
Read more the senses. Realizing the pity that Rameau never composed purely symphonic music, conductor Marc Minkowski has come to the rescue: This CD contains 17 excerpts from the composer’s operas (actually 16, with one anonymous orchestration of a keyboard suite), most presented as composed, a couple with their vocal parts removed. French Baroque music is odder than German or Italian and less frequently played; part of the explanation may lie, in Rameau’s case, in the seemingly capricious manner in which he’ll toss in a chromatic line or introduce a suspension that disturbs momentarily. But his master plans are always right, and the variety keeps the listener fascinated. The performances are splendid.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com [12/2011]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Castor et Pollux: Scène funèbre by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Le temple de la gloire: Air tendre pour les Muses by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
La naissance d'Osiris: Air gracieux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1754; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Platée: Orage by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Les Boréades: Prélude by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1764; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Les fêtes d'Hébé: Musette en Rondeau by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Hippolyte et Aricie: Ritournelle by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Naïs: Rigaudons I and II by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
Les Boréades: Entrée des Polymnie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1764; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Zaïs: Overture by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Les fêtes d'Hébé: Air "Revenez tendre amant" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
12.
Dardanus: Tambourins I and II by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739/1744; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Les Boréades: Contredanse en rondeau by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1764; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
14.
Les Boréades: Gavotte pour les heures et les zéphirs by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1764; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
15.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 11, La poule by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Anonymous. 
16.
Les Indes galantes: Rondeau, Danse des sauvages by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
17.
Les Indes galantes: Chaconne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Salle Molière, Théâtre de Poissy, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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