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Rameau: Orchestral Suites from Nais & Le Temple de la Gloire [Import]

Jean-Philippe Rameau , Nicholas McGegan , Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (March 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007EE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19. Le Temple de la Gloire, fête lyrique: Orchestral Suite
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Editorial Reviews

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The French are fond of categorizing things. Baroque stage works had many names: "tragedie lyrique," "opera-ballet," "acte de ballet," "ballet bouffon," and many more besides. Basically, aside from length, all of these various genres consist of the same thing: a series of dances and vocal scenes arranged in such a way so as to illustrate a plot drawn from classical mythology. Rameau was the finest composer of these opera/ballet combinations, and his dance music was so successful that orchestral suites of dances taken from the larger works have always been popular, even in his own lifetime. These two sensationally played suites vividly illustrate his uniquely colorful orchestration and rhythmic verve. If you like Baroque music, you'll love this. --David Hurwitz

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Think of a Better Way to Get to Know Rameau July 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ironically (maybe), while the operas from which these suites are extracted aren't among Rameau's important ones, the orchestral music itself is some of the most colorful and entertaining that Rameau produced. The slow music is elegant and dignified, as usual with with this master, but the more boistrous stuff is absolutely brilliantly martial, with flashing trumpets, thundering timpani. Each Tambourin is a witty gem--in all, this is Baroque orchestral music at its best.

But then again, the performances are perfect or as close as mortals can get to that mark. William Christie's forces, good as they usually are, outdo themselves here, obviously enjoying themselves immensely. You can't produce results like these unless you do--which is another compliment to Rameau and his genius. First-rate sound with lots of presence rounds out the package.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French Baroque Masterpieces April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The two baroque "court pieces" here showcase Rameau's gift and musicianship. Musical passages are very ornamental, a stark contrast to the crisp sound of the Italian baqoque. Both Nais and The Temple of Glory are very energetic with many dance parts, and listening to it is both uplisfting and relaxing. The sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous March 11, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Well executed, wonderful music. Its hard to beat Mcgegan and his band. He's done several CDs of Rameau orchestral music, and all are standouts. Nais is in a league of its own in terms of musical invention and brilliance. The overture is outstanding. (Incidentally, Christophe Rousset and Les talens Lyriques do a "take no prisoners" version of the Nais overture on their CD of Rameau overtures....that's the only place where Mcgegan has been eclipsed in my book)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good June 12, 1999
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A nice blend of relaxing and beautiful baroque music. If one loves baroque music, then one's library must not lack this amazing CD. Very pleasing.
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