Rameau: Castor et Pollux / Pichon, Pygmalion

Release Date: 5/12/2015
Catalog Number: HMC902212
Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pygmalion
Number of Discs: 2

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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.
Works on This Recording
1. Castor et Pollux, tragédie en musique by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer: Sabine Devieilhe (Soprano), Christian Immler (Bass), Virgile Ancely (Tenor), Colin Ainsworth (Tenor), Philippe Talbot (Tenor), Florian Sempey (Baritone), Emmanuelle De Negri (Soprano), Clémentine Margaine (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pygmalion
Period: Baroque
Written: 1737 ; France
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