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Rameau - The Opera Collection

Rameau / Padmore / Les Arts Florissants / Smith
Release Date: 09/02/2014 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 636487   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt LiebersonAnna Maria PanzarellaMark PadmoreEirian James,   ... 
Conductor:  William ChristieJean-François PaillardNikolaus HarnoncourtRaymond Leppard,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts FlorissantsA Coeur Joie Vocal EnsemblePaillard Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 27 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Any tourist who has visited the palace at Versailles to marvel at the fountain show will have been captivated by the music of Rameau – perhaps without even knowing it – as the jets of water dance to the French composer’s majestic yet irresistibly joyous ballet music and arias.

The Dijon-born organist and theorist is a classic late-bloomer, penning his first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, at the age of 50 in 1733. Yet he had a gift for the theatrical, and went on to write some of the most vibrant, astonishing music of the 18th century.

From its very first release in 1953, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum, the French label Erato was at the forefront of the French Baroque revival. William Christie’s recordings of
Read more Rameau operas and motets with his ensemble Les Arts Florissants remain the benchmark for their style, energy and finesse – and as his recent performances at the BBC Proms and Glyndebourne attest, his interpretations are as fresh as ever.

Erato’s 27-CD boxed set The Rameau Opera Collection, released to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rameau's death on September 12, features Christie’s timeless recordings alongside all the greatest champions of Rameau: John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski and Nicholas McGegan among them. This collection of nine operas and four stage works contains some of the jewels of the Erato catalogue released between 1974 and 2002, which made such an important contribution to re-establishing Rameau’s reputation as a master of musical theatre. From the heartwrenching fraternal bond of Castor et Pollux to the hilarious primping and clownery of the ugly-and-oblivious water nymph Plâtée, these are works of great beauty and subtlety, and, when stylishly performed as they are here, they possess considerable dramatic power.
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Works on This Recording

Hippolyte et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Maria Panzarella (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Laurent Naouri (Bass)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Paris, France 
Language: French 
Les Indes galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Louis Devos (Tenor), Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Philippe Huttenlocher (Bass),
Gerda Hartmann (Soprano), John Elwes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
Castor et Pollux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Norma Lerer (Mezzo soprano), Jeanette Scovotti (Soprano), Gérard Souzay (Baritone),
Zeger Vandersteene (Tenor), Jacques Villisech (Bass)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Les fêtes d'Hébé by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Gaëlle Mechaly (Soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Tenor),
Laurent Slaars (Baritone), Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Luc Coadou (Baritone),
Matthieu Lécroart (Baritone), Maryseult Wieczorek (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Agnew (Tenor),
Thierry Félix (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 148 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Dardanus by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Monique Marandon (Soprano), Christiane Eda-Pierre (Soprano), Michael Devlin (Bass Baritone),
Georges Gautier (Tenor), Roger Soyer (Bass Baritone), José van Dam (Bass),
Véronique Dietschy (Soprano), Hélène Garetti (Soprano), Annick Dutertre (Soprano),
Jean-Phillipe Courtis (Bass), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739/1744; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1980 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France 
Length: 119 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
Platée by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Guy de Mey (Tenor), Vincent le Texier (Bass Baritone), Guillemette Laurens (Soprano),
Gilles Ragon (Tenor), Jennifer Smith (Soprano), Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
Length: 135 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Les Surprises de l'Amour by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Palais Barberini, Rome 
Length: 51 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Naïs by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Ian Caley (Tenor), Ian Caddy (Baritone), Lynda Russell (Soprano),
Richard Jackson (Baritone), John Tomlinson (Bass), Brian Parsons (Countertenor),
Antony Ransome (Baritone), Ann Mackay (Soprano), Jennifer Smith (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Choir,  English Bach Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; France 
Length: 105 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
Zoroastre by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anna Maria Panzarella (Soprano), Gaëlle Mechaly (Soprano), Matthieu Lécroart (Baritone),
Mark Padmore (Tenor), Nathan Berg (Baritone), François Bazola (Bass),
Stéphanie Révidat (Soprano), Eric Martin-Bonnet (Bass)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; France 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Théâtre de Poissy, Poissy, France 
Length: 162 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: French 
Zéphyre by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Sophie Decaudaveine (Soprano), Rebecca Ockenden (Soprano), Gaëlle Mechaly (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Cappella Coloniensis
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1755; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Stolbergerstrasse Studio, Cologne 
Length: 41 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
La guirlande by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Countertenor), Sophie Daneman (Soprano), François Bazola (Bass)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Cappella Coloniensis
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1751; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Stolbergerstrasse Studio, Cologne 
Length: 53 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
Les Boréades by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Edwige Bourdy (Soprano), John Aler (Tenor), Philip Langridge (Tenor),
Martine March (Soprano), François Le Roux (Baritone), Anne Marie Rodde (Soprano),
Elisabeth Priday (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Jennifer Smith (Soprano),
Jean-Philippe Lafont (Baritone), Gilles Cachemaille (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Venue:  Live  Aix-en-Provence Festival, France 
Length: 162 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano), Michael Goldthorpe (Tenor), Anne Marie Rodde (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra,  English Bach Festival Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

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 Well executed & recroded odd music November 3, 2014 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "27 CDs 11, operas, and 2 ballets at a bargain price? what's not to like about it? Well, to start, the use of "original instrument" orchestras for one. The screech and wail and sound like hell. Hands down, the best of the lot is the ADD performance by the J-F Paillard Ch. Orchestra on modern instruments. Still you can forgive a lot of junk for a great price. The second reason to take pause is that this is French early classical music, which is way outside the German -Austrian mainstream. I kind of like it, and I suspect you will too once you get a taste of some its best works, which you will get in this bargain priced box. So, in spite of the cautions, the price wins--- ***** Note: unlike a lot of bargain boxes, most of these CDs are DDD recordings." Report Abuse
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