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listen  1. Rameau: Les fêtes de Polymnie - OvertureChristophe Rousset 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rameau: Les indes galantes - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rameau: Zaïs - OvertureChristophe Rousset 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rameau: Castor et Pollux - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rameau: Naïs - OvertureChristophe Rousset 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rameau: Platée [ou Junon jalouse] - OvertureChristophe Rousset 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rameau: Les fêtes d'Hébé - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rameau: Zoroastre - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rameau: Dardanus - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rameau: Les Paladins - Overture - Menuet - Air gaiChristophe Rousset 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie - OvertureChristophe Rousset 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rameau: Le temple de la gloire - OvertureChristophe Rousset 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rameau: Pygmalion - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rameau: Les surprises de l'Amour - Prologue (le Retour d'Astrée)Christophe Rousset 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rameau: Les Fêtes de l'Hymne et de l'Amour (ou Les Dieux d'Egypte) - OvertureChristophe Rousset 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Rameau: Les surprises de l'Amour / Act 1 (Enlèvement d'Adonis) - Ouverture - II Adagio - III -Christophe Rousset 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rameau: Acante et Céphise, ou La sympathie - Overture: Voeux de la NationChristophe Rousset 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre
  • ASIN: B000004CYY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Classical Music
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Release Date: 15-JUL-1997

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Rameau waited until he was nearly 50 before writing his first opera, but after that there was no holding him back. One of the great masters of the Baroque orchestra (if not the greatest), he wrote overtures to theater works that call on a lavish array of instruments and use them all with an extraordinary feel for color and style. Although he was the major musical theorist of his day, Rameau's works sound wholly fresh and spontaneous, with numerous surprising twists and turns of phrase where you least expect them. Christophe Rousset leads his enthusiastic band of authentic instrument players in performances that will enchant all Baroque music fans. --David Hurwitz

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Jean-Philippe Rameau was certainly a vastly greater composer of orchestral music than Handel, that's for sure!
Steven Guy
I will warn you, you might need to listen to it a few times, to let it grow on you, but next thing you know you might be purchasing some of these great operas.
"danielinyaracuy"
I'd also recommend Rameau's "les Six Concerts en Sextour", exquisitely rendered by Rousset and Les talens....enjoy!
John K. Gayley

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gaja Merovinni on November 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Rameau is usually looked upon as the last French baroque composer, a remnant of Louis XIV's age in a time when both audiences and intellectuals were attracted by italian opera. It seems like Christophe Rousset wanted to dispel this cliché; needless to say, he succeds in the task, and this programme, comprising most of the French composer's ouvertures, sheds a new light on Rameau's style. He completely forgets the first authentic Rameau executions (Harnoncourt, for example) which transformed the courtly entertanment of the "tragédie lyrique" in a heavy, dramatic (and, arguably, german) baroque tragedy, to focus on his rather rococo sense of lightness which represents the apotheosis of the aforementioned "french style" while being more international and nearing (dare I say, surpassing?) the first artistic creations of the classical period. Instead of showing us a dull, Lullist (or even Haendelian) Rameau, Rousset paints a rather light portrait of the composer (which really isn't the way he was considered in his time, but that arguably was more of a political than a musical quarrel) making him both more enjoyable and, in my opinion, more authentic, and an isolated innovator, really far from being the last of a french court composer bloodline!Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A collection of overtures to operas written by a Baroque composer whose name is well known but whose music is lesser known may not be high on everyone's 'want' list, but I urge you to take a chance on this CD. I obtained this disc as part of a 15-free-CDs introductory offer to a mail order CD club but it has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. This is music that seems to get better the more you hear it and ruminate over it afterward. Rameau is obviously a composer of considerable ingenuity and resource. These ouvertures positively bubble with effervescence and there is a refreshing lack of sameness among them. The period instrument group Les Talens Lyrique (named after one of the ouvertures on this CD) are obviously enthusiastic about this music and their playing is a joy. There is an appealing, analogue-like warmth about the recording, too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "danielinyaracuy" on September 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The French Baroque Roccoco School of music has suffered in comparison to the most vibrant Italian competition, or Bach and Handel dexterity and brilliance, not to mention soul enhancing character of their works. That is unfortunate since some of the graduates of that French period like Rameau have a record that is far from insignificant. But Rameau wrote for a public that liked mental games, was more subdued and courtly. The fire had to be contained. But the intelligence and brilliance did not have to be contained. If you want to be convinced of this, do yourself a favor and get this record. I will warn you, you might need to listen to it a few times, to let it grow on you, but next thing you know you might be purchasing some of these great operas. Oh! And the quality of the recording is impeccable, though a little bit low for my taste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John K. Gayley on February 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite CDs. It never fails to bring a smile to my face for its sheer inventiveness, energy and sense of humor. Part of it is Christophe Rousset, who knows how to bring these to life. Finding a CD by Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques is an "auto-buy no-brainer choice" for me. Highest quality productions and interpretations.

However, (lets also face it) he's got some really great raw materials to work with. This is just a tremendous place to start exploring Rameau's stage music...or just Rameau in general. After I purchased this CD, I went on and purchased a number of others that highlighted the full scores for the productions... Nais, Temple de le Gloire, Platee, Dardanus, etc. If this interests you, check out the various CDs done by Philharmonia Baroque led by Nicholas Mcgegan...also first rate.

I'd also recommend Rameau's "les Six Concerts en Sextour", exquisitely rendered by Rousset and Les talens....enjoy!

Rameau: Six Concerts en sextuor

Rameau - Suites from Platée & Dardanus / PBO · McGegan
Rameau: Orchestral Suites from Nais & Le Temple de la Gloire
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Guy on September 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jean-Philippe Rameau was certainly a vastly greater composer of orchestral music than Handel, that's for sure!

This excellent and beguiling collection of ouvertures is nearly complete, as far as I can tell - very few of the opera ouvertures Rameau wrote are not here. The performances are first class colourful and alive. There are those delicate and expressive moments we come to expect from a French Baroque composer, movements of great energy and the occasional fiery manifestations of "Sturm und Drang", too. Rameau's earliest ouvertures, Hippolyte et Aricie and Les Indes Galantes, show us a fully formed composer at the height of his powers - those powers only seemed to increase through Rameau's operatic career and his most daring, adventurous and fresh music composed in his old age.

Unlike Handel's ouvertures, which usually features oboes, bassoon, strings and basso continuo, Jean-Philippe Rameau used an orchestra sometimes featuring: piccolo, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, timpani, percussion and string orchestra - in fact an orchestra larger and more diverse than anything normally available to Franz Joseph Haydn or W. A. Mozart.

I have listened to this album many times since I first bought it and it always a delight to return to it. It can be "dipped into" or listened to in its entirety.

I hope Christophe Rousset and his talented Les Talens Lyriques eventually records some complete opera of Rameau for CD or DVD. Rousset's Monteverdi "L'incoronazione di Poppea" DVD is excellent and possibly the best DVD recording of that work currently available.
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