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Rameau: Castor et Pollux / Pichon, Pygmalion

Rameau,J. / Ensemble Pygmalion / Pichon,Raphael
Release Date: 05/12/2015 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902212   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Sabine DevieilheFlorian SempeyChristian ImmlerEmmanuelle De Negri,   ... 
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the height of the famous Querelle des Bouffons (1754), the elderly Rameau yielded to insistent requests from the Académie Royale de Musique for a major revision of Castor and Pollux, 17 years after the lukewarm reception of its premiere. He deleted the Prologue and made substantial modifications to the dramatic structure, with a completely new first act! But the original has continued to overshadow the revision, unjustly so when one considers the modernity of its orchestration. The inspired direction of Raphaël Pichon shows the extent to which this music heralds the Classical orchestra. At the height of the famous Querelle des Bouffons (1754), the elderly Rameau yielded to insistent requests from the Académie Royale de Musique for a major revision of Castor and Pollux, 17 years after the lukewarm reception of its premiere. He deleted the Prologue and made substantial modifications to the dramatic structure, with a completely new first act! But the original has continued to overshadow the revision, unjustly so when one considers the modernity of its orchestration. The inspired direction of Raphaël Pichon shows the extent to which this music heralds the Classical orchestra. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Sabine Devieilhe (Soprano), Florian Sempey (Baritone), Christian Immler (Bass),
Emmanuelle De Negri (Soprano), Clémentine Margaine (Mezzo Soprano), Colin Ainsworth (Tenor),
Philippe Talbot (Tenor), Virgile Ancely (Tenor)
Conductor:  Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2014 
Venue:  Corum, Montpellier 
Length: 39 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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