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Rameau: Les Paladins / Christie, Les Arts Florissants

Rameau / Les Arts Florissants / Christie
Release Date: 01/17/2006 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 938  
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  François PiolinoStéphanie D'OustracTopi LehtipuuSandrine Piau,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stage Director José Montalvo

REGIONS: All Regions
SUBTITLES: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian

Inspired by a fable by La Fontaine, Rameau produced perhaps his most brilliant music for his penultimate great work, blending reality and the surreal on several levels.

This passionate new production by José Montalvo, stunningly choreographed by Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu, sets new standards in entertainment, charm and ingenuity. The sharp and spectacular multimedia staging does full justice to Rameau’s dazzling burlesque, confirming Olivier
Read more Rouvière’s statement that ‘Les Paladins is the last laugh of a witty 77-year old composer’. Recorded live in 2004 at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet in true surround sound, both the virtuoso cast and Les Arts Florissants are in top form, clearly enjoying themselves in the masterful hands of William Christie.

Special Features:
* ‘Baroque that rocks!’ – A documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz featuring interviews with William Christie, Dominique Hervieu, Topi Lehtipuu, Stéphanie d’Oustrac and other members of the cast
* Illustrated Synopsis & Cast Gallery


"I doubt anything more witty, more spectacular, more ravishingly sexy will be seen on the opera stage this year." - Evening Standard

"This feast of captivating visual images, stunningly sensual choreography and glorious music is so rich that one can do no more than give a flavour." - Evening Standard

"A delirious confection of music, movement and technology... Les Paladins blends high-tech wizardry with breathtaking precision." - The Independent on Sunday

"A multimedia spectacular, dazzlingly well executed ...a real treat." - The Guardian

"...like eating a box of chocolates someone has laced with hallucinogens. It’s a fantastic, elegant, high energy production." - The Daily Telegraph
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Works on This Recording

Les Paladins by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  François Piolino (Countertenor), Stéphanie D'Oustrac (Soprano), Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor),
Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Laurent Naouri (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1760; France 

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