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Rameau: In Convertendo / Christie, Les Arts Florissants

Rameau / Les Arts Florissants
Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 956DVD  
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Sophie DanemanNicolas RivenqOlga Pitarch Mampel
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 1 
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Nicolas Rivenq, Sophie Daneman, Jeffrey Thompson, Olga Pitarch
Orchestra and Chorus of Les Arts Florissants / William Christie

Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound Format: DTS Surround / LPCM Stereo
Menu languages: English
Running Time: 91 mins
Region Code: All regions
Subtitle: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian

Jean-Philippe Rameau was still a young musician when he moved to Lyon, where he probably composed his few surviving motets, including the Grand Motet In Convertendo, here performed by Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, which anticipates Rameau’s orchestration in his later operatic works. The
Read more wonderful fugue on Psalm 126 (verse 6) Euntes ibant et flebant (They went forth and wept) bears comparison with similar works by his contemporary, J. S. Bach.

In addition to a full performance of In Convertendo, this DVD presents some of Rameau’s key chamber music pieces and an insightful music documentary, The Real Rameau, which sheds light on the life of a composer who thought only of music, dreaming of a universal harmony and regarding music as an example to all the arts and, indeed, to all the sciences as well. Pictured by his contemporaries as a gaunt and taciturn man, ill-suited to courtly surroundings, his work was described by Berlioz as ‘one of the most sublime conceptions of dramatic music.'

‘These motets contain gorgeous music: they are to some degree concert music as much as religious music, and indeed the version of In Convertendo that has survived is the revised one for the Concert Spirituel. Lengthy orchestral parts, ravishing solos accompanied by flutes, occasional interludes with oboes and bassoons, make a lot of the music lyrical, if not elegiac.’ www.medieval.org
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Works on This Recording

In convertendo by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Nicolas Rivenq (Baritone), Olga Pitarch Mampel (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1718; France 

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