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Rameau - Castor & Pollux Import


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Audio CD, Import, April 22, 1993
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Disc: 1
1. Prologue: Ov - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
2. Prologue, Scene I: 'Venus, O Venus' - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
3. Prologue, Scene I: Sym - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
4. Prologue, Scene I: 'Je Vous Revois, Belle Deesse' - Rene Schirrer
5. Prologue, Scene II. Gavottes: 'Renais, Plus Brillante' - Mark Padmore
6. Prologue, Scene II. Primier Menuet: 'Naissez, Dons De Flore' - Mark Padmore
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Disc: 2
1. Act Two, Scene I: 'Nature, Amour, Qui Partagez Mon Coeur' - Jerome Correas
2. Act Two, Scene II/Scene III: 'Le Souverain Des Dieux' - Jerome Correas/Agnes Mellon/Mark Padmore
3. Act Two, Scene IV: 'Ma Voix, Puissant Maitre Du Monde' - Rene Schirrer/Jerome Correas
4. Act Two, Scene V: 'Connaissez Notre Puissance' - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
5. Act Two, Scene V: 'Qu'Hebe De Fleurs' - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
6. Act Two, Scene V: Deuxieme Air Pour Hebe Et Ses Suivantes/'Voici Des Dieux' - Sophie Daneman
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Disc: 3
1. Act Four, Scene I: 'Sejour De L'eternelle Paix' - Howard Crook
2. Act Four, Scene II: 'Qu'il Soit Heureux Comme Nous' - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
3. Act Four, Scene II: 'Ici Se Leve L'aurore' - Sandrine Piau
4. Act Four, Scene II: 'Sur Les Ombres Fugitives' - Sandrine Piau
5. Act Four, Scene II: Autant D'amours que De Fleurs' - Sandrine Piau
6. Act Four, Scene II: 'Fuyez, Fuyez, Ombres Legeres'/Scene III: 'Rassurez-vous, Habitants Fortunes... - Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
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Product Details

  • Performer: Claire Brua, Mark Padmore, Sandrine Piau, Rene Schirrer, Veronique Gens, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (April 22, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000027P8K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Guy on February 1, 2006
Castor et Pollux may not be Jean-Philippe Rameau's greatest operas, although it is a very fine opera, but it is certainly Rameau's most beautiful. The orchestral music is rich and full of life and colour, as always. The tunes are very good - we have the usual range of music here, from toe-tappers to sublimely beautiful arias.

The aria "Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux?", sung by Télaïre (Agnés Mellon), Acte I, Scène III, is one of the most beautiful and, indeed, sublime Baroque opera arias I've ever heard. Here this and you'll want to buy this opera.

The cast is strong - Howard Crook, Agnés Mellon, Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau, Mark Padmore, Claire Brua and Sophie Daneman (before the wobbly vibrato heard in later recordings set in) - and Les Arts Florissants directed by William Christie are in top form.

A must for lovers of Rameau and those curious about Baroque opera.

Hopefully, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants will revisit this work on DVD soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on April 29, 2011
Rameau - Castor & Pollux is a recording under the direction of William Christie who leads the Les Arts Florissants on this harmonia mundi France recording from 1993. The booklet is over 100 pages. Sylvie Bouissou has written the well-written and informative music notes. These have been translated into English by Derek Yeld. One also gets a short and concise synopsis. The lyrics are available in French, English and German. The sound quality is astounding. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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