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Rameau, Campra: French Cantatas / Harvey, Hyde, Et Al


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1495   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe RameauAndré Campra
Performer:  Peter HarveyPhilippa Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rameau's cantatas are early works in which he experimented with the forms and styles which he would later incorporate into his operas. Both Aquilon and Thétis, each based on a classical subject and featuring an obbligato violin part, were written about 1704 by a composer who had just entered his twenties. Some ten years later Les Amants trahis appeared, in which two shepherds discuss the inconstancy of women, the older advising his younger and more idealistically minded colleague that all one can do is laugh it off. The short Air à boire is likewise a duet, first published in 1707 in the collection Airs serieux et à boire. As implied by its title it is a lusty drinking song, in Burgundian dialect. Published one year Read more later, Les Femmes by Rameau's older colleague André Campra (1660-1744) rounds off this programme of French Cantatas. Considered by contemporaries as the foremost French composer after Lully, Campra had by this time already written a number of operas, something which becomes evident as one listens to this cantata and, in particular, the wonderfully evocative 'Fils de la nuit et du silence', an air in praise of Sleep. Among previous BIS releases by London Baroque are a recording of Rameau's Pièces de clavecin (BIS-CD-1385) which was highly praised by the critics - 'the poise, delicacy and sheer enjoyment they communicate is a constant delight' wrote the reviewer in BBC Music Magazine - as well as a disc with French trio sonatas (BIS-CD-1465) of which the German web site Klassik Heute wrote: 'All that one could wish for in a performance of this music is present: charm, elegance, eloquence, force, flexibility, fire, intimacy and, most importantly, soul' Here the group is joined by Peter Harvey, making his first disc on BIS but with a fine reputation for a beautiful voice as well as for great communicative skills based on an extensive career on stage and on record. In the works for two voices he is supported by English soprano Philippa Hyde. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Les Amants trahis by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone), Philippa Hyde (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1721; France 
Length: 21 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: French 
2. Aquilon et Orithie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1719/1730; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. Thétis by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1718; Clermont-Ferrand, Fr 
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
4. Deux paysans "Air à boire" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone), Philippa Hyde (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
5. Cantates françoises, Book 1: Les femmes by André Campra
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Les Amants trahis: Recitative - Duet: Ma bergere a trahi sa foi (Soprano, Baritone)
Les Amants trahis: Recitative - Aria: Lorsque malgre son inconstance (Soprano, Baritone)
Les Amants trahis: Recitative - Aria: Le desespoir n'est que folie (Soprano, Baritone)
Les Amants trahis: Recitative - Aria: Di dieu d'amour je prends tous les feux (Soprano, Baritone)
Les Amants trahis: Recitative - Duet: Quand une volage beaute (Baritone, Soprano)
Aquilon et Orithie: Recitative - Aria: Un amant tel que moi
Aquilon et Orithie: Recitative - Aria: Servez mes feux a votre tour
Aquilon et Orithie: Recitative - Aria: On peut toujours dans l'amoureux mystere
Thetis: Prelude
Thetis: Recitative - Aria: Volez, tyrans des airs
Thetis: Recitative - Aria: Partez, volez, brillants eclairs
Thetis: Recitative - Aria: Beaute qu'un sort heureux destine
Air a boire
Les femmes: Lentement: Dans un desert inaccessible
Les femmes: Aria: Par les vents et par l'orage
Les femmes: Symphonie: Ah! qu'un coeur est malheureux
Les femmes: Vivement er mesure: La Coquette nous trahit
Les femmes: Gravement: Fils de la nuit et du silence
Les femmes: Loure: Je borne mes reveries
Les femmes: Recitative: Que les Amants dans leurs chaines

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