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Rameau: Les Boreades
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Sung in French, with English, French, German and Spanish subtitles.
Alphise: Barbara Bonney
Abaris: Paul Agnew
Calisis: Toby Spence
Borilée: Stéphane Degout
Borée: Laurent Naouri
Adamas, Apollon: Nicolas Rivenq
Sémire: Anna-Maria Panzarella
Une nymphe: Jaël Azzaretti
Opéra National de Paris
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Les Boreades is the last work he composed and as on the other opera-ballets he created the story is full of masonic simbolisms. The music is outstanding and surprising, brilliantly performed by Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, one of the best french baroque experts in the world. The leading roles with Barbara Bonney and Paul Agnew are sublime. They are two singers with sensitive and pristine voices ideal for this refined and trascendental music. The actoral part is very well done too (not a constant in baroque opera world).
Another highlight is the art direction of Robert Carson who obtain a visual spectacle of high impact with a great aesthetic sense, freshness and vitality.
Les Boreades represents the perfect union of all arts, a truly masterpiece.
If you play the DVD without sound and asked someone to guess the composer of the music, I would bet nobody would guess "Rameau" even if given 100 attempts. However strange at first, it works! Initially I thought the costumes and dance was created by mike meyer's SNL character, Dieter, as a post-modern parody, but the music was so good that I stuck with it. Then after awhile I realized how well the production fit the music once the preconceived notions were discarded.
The DVD visuals, performances, and sound quality are very good (in my untrained opinion). My final thought is that this is one of the best and most surprising opera DVDs that I have experienced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rameau's music is wonderful and well led in this production by the Baroque master William Christie. I found the staging, though minimalist, interesting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Weaver
Perhaps I expected too much of this performance; I've loved many French baroque operas---especially those performed by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Wabi Savvy
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