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Rameau - Les Indes Galantes / Petibon, Croft, Hartelius, Agnew, Rivenq, Berg, Strehl, Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Paris Opera

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Valerie Gabail, Nicolas Rivenq, Paul Agnew, Patricia Petibon, Nicolas Cavallier, Jael Azzaretti, and Anna Maria Panzarella star in this 2-DVD set of the Rameau opera, with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants.

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  • Actors: Richard Croft, Patricia Petibon, Danielle de Niese, Paul Agnew, William Christie
  • Directors: Thomas Grimm DVD-Director
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4EQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on July 22, 2005
Format: DVD
Les Indes Galantes was Rameau's second theatrical work. This opéra-ballett was first given on August 1735. This enchanting and exotic piece consists of a prologue and four entrées (acts).

Opus Arte released this month a DVD version of This performance was recorded at the Opera de Paris - Palais Garnier in 2004. William Christie conducted the Les Arts Florissants chorus and orchestra. The director was Andrei Serban. Décor and costumes: Marina Draghici Choreography: Blanca Li. This proves to be the A team!!

In the prologue the stage is crowded with people representing various mythological figures. The dancers are dressed in colorful Rococo styled costumes. The dancing is full with humor charm and imagination. From the singers, I liked Danielle de Niese as Hébé with a bright soprano. There is action all the time on stage. Never a dull moment!

In the first entrée, we are near the sea and the sea waves are shaped beautifully. The blue color dominates. I was very impressed with the singing of Anne-Maria Panzarella as Emilie. She has a beautiful voice and really knows how to sing this kind of music, as is evident from numerous recordings of Lully and Rameau she had made. Nicolas Cavallier is very good as Osman and Paul Agnew is an effective Valère. The sailor's dance is amusing and exotic and has a more modern character.

The second entrée, Incas of Peru is dominated by warm colors: red, yellow and orange. Nathan Berg is impressive in the role of Huascar. After the very effective earthquake where the mountains scenery is moving from side to side, comes the finale of this act, which is ending the first DVD, with the chorus praising the sun and this leaves a great impression.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Stan Seleen on October 1, 2005
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Jean-Philippe Rameau would be proud of how his work shines on this DVD by Les Arts Florissants, Paris Opera. Les Indes Galantes was popular after its 1735 premier, and one can see why while watching this widescreen version. Here you have the best seat in the house and a chance to see creative costuming that adds great beauty to what is already beautiful dance.

If there are tears in your eyes by the final curtain, they will be tears of joy. I love William Christie and this magnificent cast. Not only do they sing, dance and act well, but they also seem to have fun doing it. The joy of doing this work is apparent after the final curtain, when Christie strikes up the orchestra from the stage. The singers and dancers recapitulate a bit of the last entr'ee with Christie joining in the joyous dance. Christie's love of doing the dance is contagious. Their pleasure and that of the audience was complete. The house erupted after this encore.

An enjoyable bonus on this DVD is a film entitled: "Swinging Rameau." It consists of interviews with William Christie, Nicolas Rivenq, Blanca Li, Andrei Serban, Paul Agnew and Patricia Petibon. The French tradition of dance within opera has turned into a work of love for Christie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Thompson on November 27, 2009
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I saw a clip from this production on YouTube and knew I just had to get the DVD, which I found here on Amazon at a very good price.

The DVD is excellent, clear and sharp and the menus (in French) get you around the disc pretty easily. All of the content is in French, but the subtitles cover it nicely for those who don't understand the language.

Pros:

Fantastic performances and production
The Extras sections are very helpful in understanding the opera

Cons:
None to speak of, except two-line subtitles are hard to read when the white type appears over an orange or yellow background.

Review:

Baroque Opera is something of an acquired taste to be sure. Often, these operas are performed in an historical perspective, with singers used as they were originally intended (counter-tenors or female singers for "castrati", etc.) While this may be accurate to the history, it is difficult for our modern tastes.

"Les Indes" as presented here takes a more modern approach. The orchestration is rich and full, the singers are strong, and there is a lot of wonderful choreography. Although the pacing is a tad slow, the music of course, sustains it, and the set designs, costuming, make-up, choreography, and performers make up for the pacing.

Anyone new to this DVD of the production (or the opera itself) would get a lot out of the Extras section, especially the bonus film called "Swinging Rameau". This explains the synopsis of the opera (which is made up of four separate love stories), the approach taken in the production, and answers all questions about why they did what they did.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve E. Ulrich on February 9, 2007
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This is far and away the best Rameau DVD out there. Though the production is modern, it stays within the Barouqe style and is not a distraction from the music. The tempi are lively and slow arias are touching. The premise of the opera is original by even today's standard and offers the viewer a good idea of what a baroque opera prouction would have looked like in the 1730's while making full use of modern technology. Good extras on the DVD and very exciting music, of course!
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