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Rameau: Les Indes Galantes [Box set, Import]

Jean-Philippe Rameau , William Christie , Les Arts Florissants , Claron McFadden , Sandrine Piau , Isabelle Poulenard , Howard Crook , Jean-Paul Fouchecourt , Nicolas Rivenq , Jerome Correas Audio CD
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  • Performer: Claron McFadden, Sandrine Piau, Isabelle Poulenard, Howard Crook, Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (December 9, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000027O75
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue: Ov - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
2. Prologue Scene 1: Air 'Vous, Qui D' Hebe' - Claron McFadden
3. Prologue Scene 2: Entree Des 4 Nations - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
4. Prologue Scene 2: Air 'Amants Surs De Plaire' - Claron McFadden
5. Prologue Scene 2: Air Grave Pour Les Polonais - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
6. Prologue Scene 2: Menuets I & II - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Deuxieme Entree. Les Incas Du Perou, Scene 1 - Isabelle Poulenard/Jean-Paul Fouchecourt
2. Deuxieme Entree. Les Incas Du Perou, Scene 2: Air 'Viens, Hymen' - Isabelle Poulenard
3. Deuxieme Entree. Les Incas Du Perou, Scene 3/Scene 4/Scene 5: Fete Du Soleil - Isabelle Poulenard/Bernard Deletre
4. Deuxieme Entree. Les Incas Du Perou, Scene 5: Air 'Soleil, On A Detruit' - Bernard Deletre/Isabelle Poulenard
5. Deuxieme Entree. Les Incas Du Perou, Scene 5: Prld Pour L'Adoration Du Soleil - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
6. Deuxieme Entree. Les Incas Du Perou, Scene 5: Air Et Choeur 'Brillant Soleil' - Bernard Deletre/Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Troisieme Entree. Les Fleurs, Fete Persane, Scene 8: Ballet Des Fleurs/Airs Pour Les Fleurs I &... - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
2. Troisieme Entree. Les Fleurs, Fete Persane, Scene 8: Airs Pour Zephire I & II/ Air Pour Les... - Les Arts Florissants/Willam Christie
3. Nouvelle Entree. Les Sauvages, Scene 1: Air 'Rivaux De Mes Exploits' - Nicolas Rivenq
4. Nouvelle Entree. Les Sauvages, Scene 2: Air 'L'Inconstance Ne Doit Blesser'/Scene 3: Air 'Nous... - Howard Crook/Bernard Deletre/Claron McFadden
5. Nouvelle Entree. Les Sauvages, Scene 3: Air 'La Terre, Les Cieux Et Les Mers'/Air 'Le Coeur... - Claron McFadden
6. Nouvelle Entree. Les Sauvages, Scene 3: Air L'Habitant Des Bords De La Seine' - Bernard Deletre/Howard Crook/Claron McFadden/Nicolas Rivenq
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Baroque opera and full of fun November 3, 2005
I cannot speak too highly of this magnificent recording of one of Jean-Philippe Rameau's most delightful operas.

The music is gorgeous and full of rhythm and colour and the singing in this performance is excellent. Many seasoned Baroque performers appear on this disc - Sandrine Piau, Isabelle Poulenard, Howard Crook, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Bernard Delétré, Claron McFadden, Nicolas Rivenq and Noémi Rime. Christophe Rousset plays the harpsichord continuo - he had not yet made a career for himself as a conductor at this time.

Les Arts Florissants, directed by William Christie, are in top form on this recording, which I believe is one of the highlights of Christie's career.

I bought this recording when it came out in 1991 and I have loved it ever since.

The Les Arts Florissants / William Christie DVD of this opera is well worth investigating, too. However, this original recording is enchanting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an unstructured work... January 1, 2008
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I agree with all the other reviewers overwhelmingly positive comments about this set, but I just wanted to object to the pervasive opinion that the libretto is somewhat unstructured and only unified by the idea of the triumph of love: modern scholarship actually sees each of the four acts as reflecting the four main types of French baroque theatre prevalent in Rameau's day--i.e. sentimental melodrama (act 1), tragedy (act 2), comedy (act 3), and the idyllic pastoral (act 4).

This is a wonderful opera on many levels, and while I have a few (minor) problems with the DVD that is available, I have none about this set. Another masterpiece from Christie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting June 25, 2006
A lovely production of Rameau's opera-ballet. The form is set of essentially independent scenes united by a common theme, in this case the triumph of love. Rameau and his librettist capitalized on the Enlightenment fascination with exotic cultures, setting the stories in Ottoman Turkey, Inca Peru, Persia, and North America. To be sure, these are highly Europeanized versions of the settings. Much lovely music performed beautifully by the remarkable William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exoticism in the 1730s September 28, 2006
After a rather uninspired prologue as opening section according to Lully's five-part tradition, Rameau's ballet opera offers four different stories, each set in a different exotic locale. We get some idea of how Frenchmen conceived of the non-European world in the 1730s. The first story, "The Noble Turk," falls in line with Montesquieu's Persian Letters (1721) by suggesting that good character is more important than religious differences. This theme, alien to my own viewpoint and synonymous with the Enlightenment, led to an ideal of the Brotherhood of Man that dominated idealistic thinking for two centuries to come. The most remarkable of the four stories is the second, set in Peru at the time of the Spanish Conquest of the 1530s. A conquistador wins out as a love rival over a native priest of the Sun. This scene includes a striking hymn to the Sun and a musical volcanic eruption of the sort that offended traditional devotees of Lully's style. Actually Rameau's basic style adheres pretty closely to Lully's. These two composers, together, define French Baroque opera. As a ballet opera, Les Indes galantes presents as much instrumental music as singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's just really good...! March 25, 2010
By Jerry R
Pop it in and crank it if you're going for a long drive, this CD has shows off Rameau's superb orchestrations, walking-on-air dances, and it's played & sung so well! There are a couple beautiful soprano-with-flute arias, the very last aria in the piece is a mind-blower, the good stuff just keeps coming and coming.
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