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Rameau: Ballet Suites / Goodman, Et Al

Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557490   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording highlights a selection of Rameau's well-loved ballet suites. Previously an established keyboard player and composer, 17th century composer Rameau's foray into the world of opera was well received by an adoring French public, and he became renowned for his ability to produce one brilliant melody line after another.

Plateé's Ouverture begins with a particularly sensitive touch and beautiful dynamic interpretation - the strings echo each other with a real tenderness as their imitations fade to a whisper. But Rameau's penchant for switching moods soon makes an appearance, and with a flurry of strings and harpsichord, the European Union Baroque
Read more Orchestra (EUBO) springs to life. The vivacity and humour of this comic opera are conjured up beautifully by the dynamic style of the players, and they bring a real energy to these suites.

The EUBO was formed to give young players the opportunity to fine-tune their Baroque playing style, and this youthful ensemble firmly plants its own stamp on the collection of suites. Their versatile style lends itself wonderfully to the series of short dances that feature in the Pigmalion suite, capturing the sober mood of the Gracieusement and the uplifting spirit of the Tambourin.

When Rameau originally penned Dardanus, it was described as 'a piece so laden with music that for three whole hours, the orchestral players do not even have time to sneeze'. You get this sense with the recording, but the tempo never suffers from being rushed or forced. The steady opening of the Ouverture is faithfully interpreted and during the moments when the players scurry through the Rigaudons and Tambourins, their well-phrased playing gives the dances room to breath. The EUBO are in no danger of playing catch-up with Rameau's racing melody lines - their vivid performance is an arresting tribute to Rameau's vibrant style.

Helenka Bednar, BBC Music
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Works on This Recording

Platée: Suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Dardanus: Suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; France 
Length: 33 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; Paris, France 
Length: 19 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Platee Ballet Suite: I. Ouverture
Platee Ballet Suite: II. Air pantomime
Platee Ballet Suite: III. Air de ballet
Platee Ballet Suite: IV. Orage
Platee Ballet Suite: V. Air pour des fous gais et des fous tristes
Platee Ballet Suite: VI. Menuet I - II
Platee Ballet Suite: VII. Rigaudon I - II
Pigmalion (Pygmalion): I. Ouverture
Pigmalion (Pygmalion): II. Les differents caracteres de la danse (Gracieusement): Air - Gavotte - Menuet - Gavotte - Chaconne - Loure - Passepied - Rigaudon -
Pigmalion (Pygmalion): (II.) Sarabande pour la Statue - Tambourin: Forte et vite
Pigmalion (Pygmalion): III. Marche
Pigmalion (Pygmalion): IV. Pantomime niaise et un peu lent - Deuxieme Pantomime tres vite
Pigmalion (Pygmalion): V. Air gracieux et gai et contredanse
Dardanus Ballet Suite: I. Ouverture
Dardanus Ballet Suite: II. Marche pour les differentes nations
Dardanus Ballet Suite: III. Menuet
Dardanus Ballet Suite: IV. Tambourin I - II
Dardanus Ballet Suite: V. Rigaudon I - II
Dardanus Ballet Suite: VI. Entree d'Iphise
Dardanus Ballet Suite: VII. Air gai en rondeau
Dardanus Ballet Suite: VIII. Menuet I - II
Dardanus Ballet Suite: IX. Tambourin III - IV
Dardanus Ballet Suite: X. Sommeil de Dardanus
Dardanus Ballet Suite: XI. Chaconne

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