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Rameau: Six Concerts en Sextuor / Rousset


Release Date: 02/10/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: B000184502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Rameau was aware of the larger-scaled possibilities inherent in his often-colorful keyboard works, the fact is that he rarely explored them. His only unified published example is his Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts, a series of five chamber settings originally scored for solo harpsichord. As it turns out however, Rameau had a very enthusiastic fan--Jacques-Joseph-Marie Decroix (1746-1826)--who not only amassed the largest, most important collection of material related to the composer, but very convincing evidence (the scores are annotated "Decroix 1768") suggests that he also was responsible for the orchestral transcriptions offered here. Whatever the case, this stunning premiere recording by Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Read more Lyriques of six straightforward and simple arrangements complements Rameau with expert, stylish performances that remain true to each work's original character while heightening their impact with fresh, often compelling orchestration.

The first five of the six Concerts offered are Decroix's arrangements of the Pieces de Clavecin en Concert with the sixth compiled from four movements of Rameau's Nouvelles Suites for harpsichord 1729-30. The familiar curt opening figure of La Coulicam from the Premier Concert now advances with an elegant yet imposing grandeur. Le Vezinet from the same Concert swings with a previously-unheard panache and vigor. The L'Agacante and especially the Menuets from the second Concert also benefit from the additional heft with subtle yet sweeping gestures that Rameau's chamber instrumentation (a quartet of flute, violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord) would find impossible to match. Rousset's forces also make the brisk, sharply delineated rhythms of the L'Indiscrete and following La Rameau movements of the fourth Concert sound as if they anticipate the snappier symphonic efforts of Mozart and Haydn.

Though it lacks just that extra little bit of sonic detail to rank with today's finest recordings, Decca's sound nevertheless is very fine, especially in its full-bodied presentation of the orchestra. If you love Rameau or music of this period in general, don't miss this one.

– John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerts (6) en sextuor: no 1 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Studio 103, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Concerts (6) en sextuor: no 2 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Studio 103, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 14 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Concerts (6) en sextuor: no 3 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Studio 103, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Concerts (6) en sextuor: no 4 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Studio 103, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Concerts (6) en sextuor: no 5 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Studio 103, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Concerts (6) en sextuor: no 6 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Studio 103, Radio France, Paris 
Length: 16 Minutes 44 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 The French Bach at His Best! May 23, 2015 By David P. (Palm Springs, CA) See All My Reviews "What a delightful album! The playing is artful and balanced, and great attention is given to delineation of the individual voices. For those only familiar with his keyboard works, this is truly a revelation. Not a single less than wonderful track on the album!" Report Abuse
 Beautifully Played and Recorded, Robust Sound April 9, 2015 By L. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "I have the five Rameau concertos by Trio Arcangelo Corelli playing violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, on the Arte Nova label. I've really liked this recording for many years. But the full sound of Les Talens Lyriques' larger ensemble makes this an even finer collection. The robust sound, playing, and music are absolutely beautiful for lovers of French Baroque music. Recommended without reservations." Report Abuse
 lovers of baroque music July 9, 2014 By christine s. (Birmingham, West Midlands) See All My Reviews "This is a great disc for lovers of Baroque music, which none of them would want to miss. I would have missed it were it not for Archiv Music, as it had been deleted by the original disc company. Christophe Rousset is always to be recommended as a baroque performer, so whenever his name appears, trust it!" Report Abuse
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